Musical Independence

In this 4 part lesson series, Berklee Percussion Instructor Sergio Bellotti explores independence on the drumset using jazz standards as the foundation for rhythmic development rather than simply a series of exercises.

By focusing on real tunes, the drummer will not only be able to strengthen basic independence between the hands and feet, but will also develop musical style and phrasing.

Join us each week for a new lesson in this series!


Sergio performs a solo in various musical styles using Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser".

Sergio explores using musical examples as the foundation for soloist ideas.
The tune that Sergio uses in this lesson is Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser"
Take a listen to Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser"
From "Best of the Blue Note Years"

Live at the Marquee Club in London, 1965.
(with Ben Riley on drums)


Moving into slightly more complex melodies in lesson two, Sergio uses
Charlie Parker's "Now Is The Time" as the musical example.

Take a listen to Charlie Parker's "Now is the Time".
Audio recording of "Now is the Time" featuring Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Curly Russell and Max Roach.

Introduction and example using Duke Ellington's "C Jam Blues".

Check out a few videos of Duke Ellington's "C Jam Blues"
The original recording of Duke Ellington's & his orchestra
in a 1941 "Soundie" short film entitled "Jam Session"
(with Sonny Greer on drums)

Oscar Peterson Trio, Live in Denmark 1964
(with Ed Thigpen on drums)

Sergio Bellotti moved from the south of Italy to the USA in 1995. Very active in the music scene of Boston first and worldwide clinician/performer now, Sergio has recorded and/or shared the stage with Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Tom Scott, Bob James, Robben Ford, Nathan East and Dan Siegel among others.

He currently plays with his electric jazz ensemble Spajazzy (two Cds feat.Mike Stern on guitar) and co-leads a Duo with Percussion Virtuoso and Remo Signature Artist Alessandra Belloni.



American Classic® 5A Vic Grip
Tear drop tip for rich cymbal sounds. Light and fast for jazz orchestral and pit work.
L = 16" | Dia. = .565"
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