PRACTICE BLOG // ENTRY 2 // LATE WINTER-EARLY SPRING 2017

For the latter part of Winter and into Spring I have been doing a series of videos on my Instagram page (shameless plug www.instagram.com/dylanwalshdrums) where I transcribe small pieces of my favorite drummers playing. If you have been following the series, you may have noticed that a lot of the transcriptions I choose to do are incredibly small chunks of vocab. Like one measure or less, and sometimes even just a few notes. This is because when I am listening to drummers I dig, I find that in order to actually gain some ideas from their playing that I can practice right now it is necessary to do so. Sometimes if you try to look at the whole picture it can be quite overwhelming. Looking at things in smaller pieces is easier to digest, and more realistic to actually practice right now in this very moment.

I had been getting requests to transcribe some swing, and I thought Tony Williams solo on Miles Davis’ “Seven Steps To Heaven” would be a cool solo to learn. If you are a drummer and you don’t know who Tony Williams is, go google him right now and spend the rest of the day listening to him. In fact, even if you aren’t a drummer, go do that anyways. Trust me it will be fun. I decided to transcribe the whole solo because, you know, why not? But once I did that the first thing I thought was how can myself, my students, and the average drummer learn from this? I ended up taking 4 licks from the solo that really stood out to me and broke them down in a video lesson. I’ll attach a link to that video as well as the whole solo transcription here for you guys to check out. Try and see what you can do with these 4 simple ideas from the video.


I hope you find this stuff to be helpful on your drumming journey! Thank you for reading and make sure you stop over to my YouTube, Instagram, and FB to keep up. I post lessons, transcriptions, and general drum related stuff all the time.

 

video lesson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbXAtnEAMRc

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PRACTICE BLOG // ENTRY 1 // EARLY 2017

Hello people of the interwebs! My name is Dylan Walsh and I am a drummer and educator from Metro Detroit, MI. A couple of years ago I began taking notes of everything I practiced. It took me many years of being persuaded to do so myself (thank you Mike Shea, JP Bouvet, Mike Johnston, everyone else..), but I would really encourage all of you out there to write down and keep track of what you are working on. You don't even have to be a drummer. Whatever it is you do, write that stuff down. Seriously. It is really cool to see yourself improving in black and white. Now that I have the ability to do so, I would like to share the things I practice with all of you. This is the first of many entries in my Practice Blog.

In the early parts of 2017, and really for the past couple of years, I spent a lot of time trying to stretch small pieces of vocabulary into as many possibilities as I can. This is a sentiment that has been echoed by countless drummers and educators, and that is because it is what the best drummers out there do. In a world so infatuated with the next new thing, it can be easy to glaze over something that may have been really worthwhile. This is something that will always manifest itself in the drumming world. People want to play fast and cool stuff. I get it, I do too. I post chop tutorials/transcriptions on my Instagram all the time because it's cool stuff, but you can’t look past how you got there. I will talk more about this in the future, but for now onto the dirty deets.

I spent a lot of time practicing shuffles the past month or so. Purdie shuffles to be exact. I think this is a result of my many years of being subjected to the greatness of Bernard Purdie (thanks again Mike Shea) being brought out time and time again by great modern players like Ash Soan (www.ashsoan.com), Jason McGerr (Death Cab For Cutie), and others. I first learned this beat while taking lessons as a teenager and it totally opened my mind to the possibilities within a groove. There's a lot going on in a halftime shuffle, but it still grooves. It grooves damn hard.

I ended up focusing on 3 variations that I really dig, and made a video that’s up on my YouTube channel breaking those down. Attached is a PDF with the notation breaking those down.

I hope you find this stuff to be helpful on your drumming journey! Thank you for reading and make sure you stop over to my YouTube, Instagram, and FB to keep up. I post lessons, transcriptions, and general drum related stuff all the time.

 

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PDF: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxOUyhkrFtSfbHR1UmFaMjFTNzA

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