FunkyDrummer wrote:I've recently begun to start getting into jazz... I've seen a few videos etc and I think I've got the hang of the basic swing pattern on the ride, 2 & 4 w/foot on the hi hat and a very gentle bass drum on all quater notes... what bothers me is my left hand - I can't get those nice off beat notes. Can you recomend some practice for that? Thanks
The books that people have mentioned in this thread are all good. I recomend a teacher if you can afford it. There are also some good DVD's out now. Try the Ed Soph DVD. It is excellent. Also the Peter Erskine DVDs, Everything is timekeeping parts 1 & 2.
I also highly recomend both the brush DVD and book by Ed Thigpen.
And I highly recomend you listen to Count Basie. Especially with Jo Jones on drums. Man, that band could swing!
It is great to work out on exercises, but there is no substitute to that + lots of listening. Try to immerse yourself in the style and feel what swinging is like.
Trio recordings are great for this because it is easier to hear the drummer. Bill Evans with Paul Motian, Oscar Peterson with Ed Thigpen, the Ray Brown Trio with Jeff Hamilton etc.