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Peter Magadini Jazz Drums

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    Jazz Roots

    Peter explores ceremonial rhythms, the Gangokui Bell, and explores the correlation between Jazz and the South and West African rhythms.

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    The Jazz Ride Cymbal

    Peter discusses his cymbals and explains how the ride is the heart beat of Jazz. Peter also covers the connections between the other drums and cymbals to the ride cymbal. Filled with short demonstrations, you'll catch on pretty quick while keeping up in the booklet.

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    Ride Cymbal Independence

    Peter discusses and demonstrates some advanced techniques for the ride cymbal. Follow along with Peter's demonstrations and put it all together.

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    Jazz Form & Structure

    Peter discusses the '12 Bar Blues' and mixes things up with some odd meters like 5/4, as well as some other examples of Jazz structure. Peter also shows us some Jazz forms like the 'AABA form'.

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    Latin Jazz Patterns

    Peter explores the difference between traditional and Latin Jazz and demonstrates the 'Bossa Nova' and 'Samba'.

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    Improvisation Technique

    Peter discusses improvisation techniques, solos, fills, triplets and creating your over all drumming style. Peter shows exercises on a drum pad such as single and double strokes, paradiddle, the "6 Stroke Roll" and more.

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    Solo Structure

    In this video Peter exchanges solos with the band and explains the different bar amounts and how the band correlates their different parts.

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    Brushes

    Peter discusses some basic patterns to follow with your own brushes, and how to develop your own style. Peter also explores hand placement, accents, spacing and the tone of the brushes.

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    Reading & Interpretation

    In this video Peter explores reading drum charts, and with the help of the band, goes over a few different styles of reading them. He also talks about the dangers of reading and how to keep in time. Remember to keep up in the booklet for close follow along directions.

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    Final Remarks & Credits

    Peter makes his final comments and signs off until next time.

Product Overview


In this information-packed Hal Leonard video series, Master Jazz Drummer and Clinician Peter Magadini reveals the essential ingredients of Jazz Drumming. Inspirational live performances, concise explanations, demonstrations and exercises provide a comprehensive overview of Traditional and Contemporary Jazz Drumming Styles and Techniques.

Throughout this fantastic series, Peter covers topics such as Playing the Jazz Ride Cymbal, Playing with a "two" feel, The Ride Cymbal and Independence, Jazz Form and Structure, Latin and Latin-Jazz patterns including Samba and Cascara. You'll then learn techniques for Improvising on the Drumset, Playing Fours & Eights, How to Trade Solos with The Band, Brush technique, Interpreting Drum Charts in all Styles, Jazz-Rock Fusion and much more.

Also included is a downloadable PDF that contains the lesson examples Peter refers to throughout the series. Get it via the "Download Project Extras" link that will appear below the video titles list on the left of this page once you're signed in to your All-Access Web Pass. If you bought the download version of this product, the PDF is included in the download.

Peter also has wonderful musicians appearing in the series with him, notably John Heard on Bass, Doug Morton on Piano, Walter Smith on Saxophone, Ambrose Akinmusire on Trumpet and original compositions by Doug Morton.

If you're serious about wanting to play Jazz Drums, this series will get you on your way... Watch Peter Magadini Jazz Drums" today!


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Some of the artists Peter Magadini has appeared with during his career include: George Duke, John Heard, Al Jarreau, Don Ellis, Chet Baker, John Handy, Bobbie Gentry, Diana Ross, Stephan Grappelli, Don Menza, George Coleman, Susan Chen, Sonny Stitt and the Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood.

He holds percussion performance degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto and includes among his teachers Donald Bothwell, Roy Burns (NYC),Roland Kohloff, John Wyre, and North Indian tabla master Mahapurush Misra.

Peter currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where he performs regularly, teaches pri-vately, tours, travels and occas-ionally participates in drum festivals and clinics.

He is drum instructor for the Dave Brubeck Institute (University of the Pacific) and has formerly taught jazz drums at McGill and Concordia Universities in Montréal, Canada. Peter has several (Hal Leonard) drumset methods published, including Learn to Play the Drumset and The Complete Drumset Rudiments, and two acclaimed volumes on the comprehension and application of polyrhyhms in music.

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    Peter Magadini Jazz Drums

    In this information-packed Hal Leonard video series, Master Jazz Drummer and Clinician Peter Magadini reveals the essential ingredients of Jazz Drumming. Inspirational live performances, concise explanations, demonstrations and exercises provide a comprehensive overview of Traditional and Contemporary Jazz Drumming Styles and Techniques.

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