Thursday, October 7, 2010

Best Resources For Brush Playing

Email question...

Do you know of any good brush dvd/books?

YES!!! Clayton Cameron has a FANTASTIC book out on the subject. I love his b/c it goes into the nitty gritty of the brushstrokes, he has some rudiments for the brushes that he's created to help with the sweeping motions...it's called "Brushworks: The New Language For Playing Brushes"...it's a more modern approach...He also has a dvd called "Brushworks" that is a great view.

For a more "traditional" approach where you'll be learning the strokes of past jazz greats, check out these books...

"Mastering the Art of Brushes" (Not 100% on who the author is on that one)...cd and book together...shows alot of the jazz greats brushstrokes (Philly Jo Jones, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich)

"The Sound of Brushes" by Ed Thigpen...cd, illustrated diagrams, and book examples.

Here's a free downloadable pdf of several brush patterns... www.prologixpercussion.com/JDW_February_2008.pdf...and check out Miles Davis' album "Kind of Blue"... absolutely classic brush playing on that one!

I hope that helps man!

-S

2 comments:

Chris Ford said...

Also try looking for video footage of Ed Thigpen playing with Oscar Peterson online. There's quite a few clips if you search around.

Stephen said...

His playing is beast! Love that guy!

-S

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