Playing in the Ensemble
This series of video lessons will provide students and instructors alike with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental techniques for the drumset. Ranging from instrument selection, tuning and technique to a discussion of musical styles, fills and ensemble playing, Vic Firth artist and educator STEVE HOUGHTON delivers a essential guide for the young player and jazz band director!
Steve demonstrates how to drive the band with supporting sounds and orchestration as well as how to set ensemble hits with fills.
Suggestions on how to deal with poorly written drum parts.
A short discussion of how to develop good time as a drummer.
Steve’s recommendations for listening, along with his “Big Ears” test.
Using the drummer’s role to guide the song, Steve demonstrates how various orchestrations can be used to define parts of a tune.