Tag: Jeremy Otto

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Publication – Blues Scale

To add to our 12 bar blues progression handout we decided to add in an easy chart explaining the Blues Scale to help mallet players with their beginning improvisation skills.               Also, I know we missed our publication last month, we’re going to double up in August!  




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Groove Of The Month – June 2017

“My Wave” – Soundgarden – 1994 – Matt Cameron – 126 bpm This month’s groove is comes to us from Soundgarden’s 1994 masterpiece Superunknown. Matt Cameron is a master of odd time signatures and “My Wave” is the perfect doorway in for a student new to that concept. This is what I call an additive…




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Groove Of The Month – May 2017

“Young Folks” – Peter, Bjorn, and John – 2006 – John Eriksson – 138bpm This month’s groove is Swedish group Peter, Bjorn, and John’s 2006 hit “Young Folks.” This song has a straight ahead eighths groove with snares ghosted around in a fairly common pattern. During the intro, chorus’ and outro however, there is a…




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Note Reading Chart

This month’s free publication is an easy note reading chart. It is a great companion to our Beginning Bell Kit/Five Note Songs page.




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Groove Of The Month – April 2017

“Foreclosure Of A Dream” – Megadeth – 1992 – Nick Menza – 136 bpm This month our groove comes to us from the chorus of Megadeth’s “Foreclosure Of A Dream.” This was the first double bass song I heard as a young inexperienced drummer that wasn’t an unapproachable display of speed and stamina, and still…




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Bossa Nova!

This month’s publication is a great intro into Latin music and the Son-Clave pattern – The Bossa Nova!                   Click here for our Spotify playlist link, or just use the embedded one below!  




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Publication – Three Camps

Straight Sticking, and Buzz Sticking Three Camps is a traditional solo that most of us will use as part of a rudimental training regimen, most likely to improve our student’s double strokes. It is also a solo that can be used many different ways, as the rhythmic melody is more important than the notes that…




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Groove Of The Month – February 2017

“Go With The Flow” – Queens Of The Stone Age – 2002 – Dave Grohl – 160bpm A good drum hook can be more powerful than any guitar riff. There is no band that does it better than Queens Of The Stone Age. Josh Homme, the band’s songwriter, producer, guitar player, and frontman has worked…




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12 Bar Blues

This month’s free publication is our 12 Bar Blues Chart. The doc has both a completed chart with a quick explanation as well as a blank chart if you want your students to fill it out themselves. For examples of 12 Bar form, check out our spotify playlist embedded below. (or click here to open…




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Groove Of The Month – January 2017

“A Quick Death In Texas” – Clutch – 2015 – Jean-Paul Gaster – 94bpm We’re doing something a little different this time around in that we are featuring a specific section of a song. In this case it is the bridge from Clutch’s “A Quick Death In Texas.” For this section Jean-Paul Gaster creates a…