In the last post, I talked a little bit about my current focus on learning to play very quietly without losing any clarity or facility. Today, I’m going to cite a video lesson featuring my very good friend, Justin Varnes. Justin runs the Jazz Drumming program inside the Music Department at George State University and has played with Mose Allison, Kenny Baron, Earl Klugh, Annie Sellick, and a ton of other heavyweight jazz musicians.
Justin has been a huge help over the past 4+ years in helping me get some very specific things together in my drumming, including playing quietly. In this video lesson, he targets a few great concepts to help matched grip players of any style with playing quietly while retaining your clarity and ability to play with the same facility as you have in your “Comfort Zone” volume.
If you dig that lesson, subscribe to Justin’s YouTube channel where he has tons of great free drum lessons posted. And by all means, make sure you visit his video drum lesson website, the Jazz Drummer’s Resource. It’s one of the most helpful and detailed sites online that specifically caters to drummers looking to learn and grow their ability to play drums in the “Jazz style”. At only $19.95 per month, it is one of the most affordable ways to take lessons virtually with a guy who plays (and teaches) this style of music as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. (*I have been a member of the site since Justin launched it and it has been a great add-on resource to the one-on-one private lessons I’ve taken with him.)
I have some other great thoughts and techniques on playing quietly that I plan on putting into my own video lesson at some point this year. So, stay tuned for that and thanks for reading the blog! If you have some of your own concepts, pointers, or questions on this topic, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below.