TEXTURAL TECHNIQUE
WITH JOJO MAYER

In this video series with Vic Firth Signature artist Jojo Mayer, we will be talking about a textural approach to drumset. Jojo is well-known for his ability to achieve modern, almost electronic-sounding textures on the drums. In these videos, Jojo will reveal some of his secret weapons for creating these sounds and textures.

Developed over years of experimentation with his cutting-edge band Nerve, these concepts push the boundaries of modern music and blur the line between acoustic and electronic music. Try them out for yourself!





NEW PART 3: UNIQUE USES FOR BRUSHES and SWIZZLE STICKS

Sure, brushes are great for sweeping, but that's not all! Watch as Jojo demonstrates several unique uses for your everyday jazz brushes, including muffling and bounce strokes. Want to take it a little further? Try these grooves with a different guage brush for a bolder sound! You can also use different implements in each hand to bring even more textures into your groove.



SO, YOU WANT TO PLAY THOSE GROOVES?
HERE'S WHAT JOJO RECOMMENDS:
Live Wires
Retractable wire brushes‚ featuring a small round bead on the tip of each wire for an added sharp snap on cymbals and drums.
Dia. = .530" | Spread = 5"
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5A Dual Tone
5A wood tip with a durable synthetic felt mallet head attached to the butt end.
L = 16 1/8" | Dia. = .565"
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Dreadlocks
Braided heavy gauge stainless-steel wires produce bold percussive sound. Strike‚ scrape or let your imagination create a variety of effects. With hickory handles.
L=14" | Dia.=.575" | Spread = 5 1/2"
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PART 2: SIDESTICK SOUNDS AND FAUX-HANDCLAPS

If you don't have a stickbag full of unique implements laying around (even though you SHOULD) don't worry! There is no shortage of interesting textures that can be created with just a normal pair of drumsticks! Here, Jojo demonstrates some unique cross-stick grooves using only his signature sticks.



FEATURED IN THIS VIDEO:
JOJO'S SIGNATURE STICK
Jojo Mayer (SJM)
Jojo's stick is a 5A style stick‚ but with thicker and shorter dimensions. Designed to offer a big sound and feel without a lot of weight.
L = 15 21/64" | Dia. = .577"
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PART 1: INTRODUCTION, GROOVES USING DREADLOCKS

Jojo introduces this video series and demonstrates several unique grooves using the Vic Firth Dreadlocks. Dreadlocks feature braided, heavy-guage stainless steel wires for a bold and percussive sound.

Dreadlocks are featured in Nerve's tune "Derbyshire", which is demonstrated in this video by the band!



HOW DID HE DO THAT?
CHECK OUT THE SECRET WEAPONS USED IN THIS VIDEO:
Dreadlocks
Braided heavy gauge stainless-steel wires produce bold percussive sound. Strike‚ scrape or let your imagination create a variety of effects. With hickory handles.
L=14" | Dia.=.575" | Spread = 5 1/2"
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SHOW US YOUR TEXTURAL GROOVES!
Send us a message on FACEBOOK or TWITTER with your
YOUTUBE VIDEO demonstrating your groove ideas.
We'll pick the very best ones and post them on this page!




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