Berklee School of Music Professor Jon Hazila is considered one of the leading proponents of jazz brush technique. His book Mastering The Art Of Brushes, which has sold thousands of copies worldwide, is a definitive volume focused on the concepts and techniques used by top jazz drummers. In this video Jon introduces the recent incorporation of Joe Morello’s Master Studies into his brush technique concepts.
“Playing brushes is a dying art. Brushes are hard to play and even harder to teach, because there’s no standard notation; for one thing, a lot of it is visual. The foundation is the patterns to specific tempos: ballad strokes, mid-tempo strokes, up-tempo strokes, and specialty strokes. Students need to be able to play steady time within those tempos before we can talk about soloing“, Jon Hazila.
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