Monthly Archives: November 2019

Dave Weckl “Bessie’s Blues” first 12 bar solo

There’s no comparison to the amazing playing of Dave Weckl, especially when paired with Chick Corea. The song “Bessie’s Blues” from the first Akoustic Band recording has inspired and mystified me for years. I’ve finally attempted to figure out what is going on.  The spread out triplets in bar 6 and 7 might come down to a “feel” thing, and playing along at a slow tempo could suggest a more clear way to write it. But, this general framework has been helpful for me.


David Garibaldi into on “Hangin’ With My Baby”

If you’re a drummer and you don’t spend serious time contemplating the genius of David Garibaldi, I think you’re missing out on some of the greatest pleasures in rhythm. He’s a master of subtlety paired with blistering technique and aggression. On my drive into work yesterday, I was checking out the album “Soul Side of Town” and right off the bat heard this gem.


Stickings are my own interpretation and might not be what was used on the recording.

Lewis Nash solo on “Milestones”

Lately I’ve been digging into the incredible drumming of Lewis Nash. While listening to a Michael Dease album, I came across this perfect half chorus drum solo. Any suggested sticking are my own thoughts and possibly not what Nash actually played. There are a couple different cymbals used, and in measure 10 there’s a left side cymbal that is most likely a second ride.

I hope you enjoy working on this and the .pdf is at the bottom of the page.


Here’s a link to the YouTube audio, and the solo starts at 5:17


You can Support Michael Dease, Lewis Nash and all jazz artists by visiting their websites, BUYING their albums, and seeing them play live. Also, reach out to them and let them know how much you enjoy what they do.

Drum Lessons!

Lessons at Scott Tiemann’s School for the Arts are really special!

First, we’ve got a full set of timpani, mallet instruments, world percussion including traditional Brazilian samba drums, two drum kits and more. Second, I take hearing protection and hearing loss seriously! Students have hearing protection for every lesson and are taught practice techniques that put safe volumes at the forefront.

Next, Drum Club! The monthly get together for students to share what they’re working on with a constructive peer group. Pizza, pinball, and a vinyl record for anyone who attends.

Oh, and recitals at UMBC’s amazing Music Box Theater.

Did I mention summer wood working camp where we build our own instruments?

And marching band cadence writing and winter drum line?

And a free first lesson?

Wifi and coffee for parents who wait around?

Help finding used drum kits that are just right for each student.

And so much more. Spread the word…..Now accepting new students.


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