Bill Stewart Revisited…

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Published on: March 8, 2013

Back in October 2012, I uploaded a video celebrating Bill Stewart’s Birthday. That video quickly became my most popular on YouTube, with over 4600 views as of this writing. As a small token of thanks to all who have taken the time to watch and subscribe to my channel, I have decided to do another one dedicated to Bill’s work.

The first part contains three short clips demonstrating a lick he often plays in solos. The second part is a groove from the John Scofield tune ‘Dark Blue’ off the album ‘Hand Jive’. In the final part of the video, I am playing a transcription I did of Bill’s solo on ‘Everybody’s Party’ from the John Scofield/Pat Metheny album ‘I Can See Your House From Here’.

Thanks so much for all the nice comments and encouragement! I am always working hard to bring you neat stuff and I hope you’ll keep checking out the site!

Here is a transcription of the lick and groove:

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…and one of the solo:

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The Long Awaited X Ring…

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Published on: February 7, 2013

The arrival of my X ring in the mail effectively marks an end to a chapter in my life. Long story short, I studied at St.FX from 1997 to 2001 but was a few credits shy of graduating. I fully intended to make up the credits at some point, but as time went on, it became increasingly difficult to find the time to do it. About a year and a half ago, I finally decided it was now or never and it would be a shame to have nothing to show for my hard work, so I took two courses through correspondence. I am now a proud graduate and the ring will forever symbolize the hard work and sacrifice it took to get to this point and will remind me that I can accomplish anything if I try hard enough.

Shiny!

Happy Belated Zig!

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Published on: February 1, 2013

Joseph ‘Zigaboo’ Modeliste turned 64 on December 28th, 2012 so I’m a little late posting this one. I’m still trying to catch up after an extended hiatus during the holidays. Zig is one of my all time favs and his playing with The Meters epitomizes New Orleans funk. He has influenced countless drummers, most notably Stanton Moore, who is a New Orleans funk expert in his own right. The video consists of demonstrations of three grooves including – ‘Cissy Strut’, ‘Just Kissed My Baby’, and ‘Hey Pocky A-way’, in which Zig uses a swampy second-line groove. I’ve added a little left foot cowbell in the latter as an extra challenge for myself! Zig’s playing is a perfect example of how to play ‘in between the cracks’.

The Evolution of Tony Williams….Part 1

Hello everybody and Happy 2013! I apologize for the extended hiatus but I am finally back up and running. I have been busy rearranging my drum room to accommodate more drums – more on that in a later post.
Having missed Tony Williams’ Birthday, I have decided to do a series of videos instead. The series will focus on Tony Williams’ development from child prodigy to the upper echelon of jazz/fusion drumming. The video below will be the first of likely three videos, each representing a specific time in his career. This one demonstrates a solo he played on a tune entitled ‘Seven Steps to Heaven’ from a Miles Davis record of the same name released in 1963 when Tony was the tender age of 17! Incidentally, I began to learn this solo when I was 17 in preparation for an audition to get into music school. The difference is that I STILL don’t have it mastered! : ) The video begins with 8 bars of time followed by the solo. Analytically, it is a very interesting solo as it contains some early evidence of Tony’s genius – polyrhythmic variety and unique interplay between the hands and feet. To me, it is not a typical drum solo in that the phrasing is very advanced, especially for the time – almost like that of a horn player. I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for part 2 of the evolution of Tony Williams!

Happy Birthday Tony Williams!

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Published on: December 12, 2012

The late, great Tony Williams would be 67 today. (Dec.12, 2012) A huge influence on my playing as well as countless others, Tony transcended the boundaries of jazz drumming in the ’60’s and created a fresh sound. His tenure with Miles Davis is well documented in jazz history and he is known for being one of the fathers of jazz fusion with his own group Lifetime. Tony was a rare example of both fluid technique and superb musicality, never letting his technical ability impede his musical expression. His playing on Miles’ albums such as ESP and Nefertiti altered the landscape of jazz forever with his creative use of polyrhythms and metric modulation.

I’m still in the middle of unpacking from a move and have had trouble locating the resources necessary to make the video I want to make, but rest assured, I will post a new video as soon as I possibly can. This post will serve as a placeholder until then!

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Happy Birthday Matt Cameron! ‘Wooden Jesus’ Groove

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Published on: November 28, 2012

Matt Cameron celebrates the big 5-0 today! (Nov. 28, 2012) He also recently celebrated the end to a 16 year hiatus from Soundgarden’s recorded work. Matt does double duty with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. This video, however, showcases something a little bit different. The track is called ‘Wooden Jesus’, written by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. The original track was on an album released way back in 1990 by a band named Temple of the Dog – a veritable grunge supergroup consisting of members of Soundgarden as well as members who would soon become Pearl Jam.

Matt is one of my favourite rock drummers and I would count his drumming on TotD among his best. This track in particular has many ‘Cameronisms’ such as tasty use of ghost notes and ruffs as well as some 32nd note trickery. He employs a deceptively difficult tom/snare groove for the intro and verses followed by a more straightforward approach in the B and C sections. All in all, a masterful drum track that grooves hard!

It’s Official…

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Published on: November 19, 2012

POGEY will be participating in the 100th Grey Cup festivities in Toronto! We will be performing at the ‘Tigertown Wreckers Ball’ put on by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. This is sure to be a great time so come out Toronto and Hamilton friends and fans! Details below…



Happy Birthday David Garibaldi! ‘Soul Vaccination’ Intro and Groove

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Published on: November 4, 2012

In the 7th edition of the ‘Drummer’s Birthdays’ series, we celebrate David Garibaldi’s 66th. (Nov.4, 2012) David was a pioneer of linear funk drumming back in the ’70’s with funk/soul masters Tower of Power. He has released a number of highly educational books and videos dealing with his particular brand of funk drumming.

The video below is my attempt at playing ‘Soul Vaccination’ from the self-titled ToP recording released in 1973. I play the intro, first verse and chorus, and the video fades at the second verse. Hope you like! Happy Birthday Dave!

P.S. This video was every bit as difficult to make as the previous one…perhaps more! But I’ve always wanted to learn this groove, and Dave’s Birthday provided a good excuse. : )

Happy Birthday Aaron Spears! Drum Groove 6, Drum Lick 8

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Published on: October 26, 2012

I’m feeling a little under the weather today, but that won’t stop me from posting another video! This one was particularly difficult for me as I am not accustomed to playing R&B/gospel type grooves and fills, and it took me the longest to learn. (doesn’t help that I am functioning at less than 100%) I think it turned out pretty good considering…

Aaron Spears is 36 today! (Oct. 26, 2012) This video demonstrates the now famous fill that he played at the Modern Drummer Festival weekend in 2006 on the Usher track entitled ‘Caught Up’. I play six bars of groove before the one and a half bars of fill. Thanks Mr. Spears for kicking my sick ass!

This is the 6th edition of the ‘Drummer’s Birthdays’ series.

Happy Birthday Virgil Donati! Drum Grooves 4 and 5

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Published on: October 22, 2012

The fifth edition of the ‘Drummer’s Birthdays’ series celebrates Virgil Donati’s 54th! (Oct. 22, 2012) He is perhaps best known for his contributions to prog/metal bands such as Planet X. I first saw him play on a video he had released called ‘Power Drumming’ back in the early ’90’s when I was just starting to learn the drums. His technical skills were way beyond what I could even comprehend at the time and his explanations of playing in odd time signatures went over my head. Still, with time, I managed to benefit a great deal from his video – not so much from the technical exercises and displays of sheer power, but by instilling in me the focus and discipline it takes to improve on the instrument.

The first half of this video demonstrates a groove that I still remember from the ‘Power Drumming’ video. It has some stick-spinning silliness in it; I’m not terribly adept at stick tricks as they are not practical for my usual work, but I figured since it is a big part of Virgil’s style that I should give it a try! The second half is a groove I came up with that is more in the New Orleans/Stanton Moore style, but with some of Virgil’s stick spins. Enjoy!

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