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Inside the Teaching Studio

INSIDE THE TEACHING STUDIO

Featuring the Jazz Drumming Studio of
Wayne Salzmann II
University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music

In this educational series from Vic Firth, we take you “Inside the Studio” of some of the world’s top instructors to give you a peek into the time-proven curriculum that has motivated and educated generations of successful teachers and performers!

In the third installment of this series, we take you inside the jazz drumming studio of Wayne Salzmann II at the University of Texas at Austin.

JOIN US EACH WEEK FOR A NEW EPISODE!

INSTALLMENT ONE: Variation on 3 Themes of Max Roach by Zach Kursman

Zach Kursman demonstrates how to create variations on three musical themes by the legendary Max Roach.

INSTALLMENT TWO: Brazilian Partido Alto Rhythms on Drumset by Don Gozzard

Don Gozzard demonstrates how you can apply Brazilian Partido Alto Rhythms on the Drumset, from traditional & uptempo sambas to applications for syncopated 8th note funk.

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR THE JAZZ DRUMMER:

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    T1 General

    For all-around playing. Produces rich sound yet is capable of rhythmic clarity.

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    MJC2

    MJC2

    Slightly thinner than the 5A with an extra long taper for unbelievable response and playability. Elongated arrow tip provides a broad surface area, perfect for pulling lots of complex overtones out of the cymbals.

    • Diameter: .550" [1.4cm]
    • Length: 16" [40.64cm]
    • Taper: Long
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    hb

    Heritage Brush

    A retractable wire brush featuring light gauge wire and a smooth rubber handle. Fast and easy to play.

    • Diameter: .530" [1.35cm]
    • Spread: 5"
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    5A
    1

    5A

    Tear drop tip for rich cymbal sounds. The #1 stick in the world—great for every style of music!

    • Diameter: .565" [1.44cm]
    • Length: 16" [40.64cm]
    • Taper: Medium

wayne_salzmannAbout Wayne Salzmann II

Wayne Salzmann II is an incredibly versatile and active drummer with over 20 years of experience. He is best known for his work touring and recording with Grammy winning guitar virtuoso, Eric Johnson. He is one of the most in demand session and live drummers in Austin, Texas, where he plays as many as 250 gigs per year. Although he is primarily a performer, Salzmann has an incredible passion for teaching. He has been teaching privately for over 15 years, has given master classes at drum shops, Universities, and Music Conservatories worldwide, and is currently the drum set instructor at the University of Texas at Austin.

He has performed and/or recorded with with Steve Miller, Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Cross, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Mike Stern, Joe Bonamassa, Bobby Mcferrin, Robben Ford, Albert Lee, Ray Benson, Dale Watson, Charlie Sexton, Chris Potter, Carlos Sosa, Kevin Lovejoy, Ephraim Owens, Jeff Coffin, Joe Lally of Fugazi, John Jorgenson, Oz Noy, Roscoe Beck, Red Young, Jake Langley, Bob Schneider, Sonny Landreth, Esperanza Spalding, Kat Edmondson, Suzanna Choffel, The Yellowjackets, Romero Lubambo, Andre Mehmari, Carmen Bradford, Gabriel Santiago Quintet, Tameca Jones, and The UT Faculty Jazz Quintet.

Salzmann has been featured on dozens of albums and music videos with a wide variety of artists in Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul, Singer-Songwriter, Brazilian, African, and Classical genres. He has also recorded for multiple commercials, television shows, and Hollywood film soundtracks. Salzmann has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, and South America, and played drums for the 2011 Eric Johnson Up Close Tour and 2012 EJ World Tour. He has performed everywhere from club gigs to Carnegie Hall, International Music Festivals, and Amphitheatre gigs supporting Steve Miller Band.

Born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin, Salzmann was exposed to a wide variety of music at a young age. By the time he was sixteen, he was playing regular gigs, had won the DW/Zildjian drum solo competition, and was teaching drum lessons at a local music store. He earned a full-tuition music scholarship from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he received a student-research grant to travel to New York City and study with legendary drummers Bill Stewart, Joey Baron, Billy Martin, and Ari Hoenig. Salzmann was awarded a teaching assistantship from the University of Texas, where he earned a masters degree in music. Immediately after finishing his masters degree, Salzmann was asked to join the Jazz Faculty at the University of Texas and has been the drum set instructor ever since.

Visit Wayne online at https://waynesalzmann.com/

Learn More About the Butler School of Music at U.T. Austin: https://music.utexas.edu/perform-and-study/division-ensemble/jazz-studies


 

INSIDE THE TEACHING STUDIO: Series Two

Featuring the Jazz Drumming Studio of
Professor Peter Erskine
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

JOIN US EACH WEEK FOR A NEW EPISODE!

INSTALLMENT ONE: Creating Comping Ideas with Chris Brawley

Chris Brawley talks about how to take a song melody and use to create musical comping & coordination exercises.

INSTALLMENT TWO: Playing Over the Bar Line with Luke Woodle

Luke Woodle shows you how to open up your playing and develop new textures by learning to play fills over the bar line.

INSTALLMENT THREE: Locking in with an Organist with Ian Hubbell

Ian Hubbell demonstrates how a drummer locks in with an organist with Donald Bailey’s groove on Back at the Chicken Shack by Jimmy Smith.

INSTALLMENT FOUR: Developing Melodic Soloing Ideas with Conor Malloy

Conor Malloy demonstrates how to develop melodic solo ideas using a song form exercise from Billy Hart.

INSTALLMENT FIVE: Tony Williams' Drop-Catch Technique with Niko Embry

Niko Embry demonstrates the “drop-catch” 5 stroke technique, often used by Tony Williams.

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR THE JAZZ DRUMMER:

peter_erskineAbout Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).

Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Peter premièred the double percussion concerto Fractured Lines, composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage, at the BBC Proms with Andrew Davis conducting, and has collaborated frequently with Sir Simon Rattle. He also premiered the Turnage opera “Anna Nicole” at the Royal Opera House in London. Turnage has composed a solo concerto for Peter titled “Erskine,” which received its world premiere in Bonn, Germany in 2013, with a US premiere at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic. Peter has been voted ’Best Jazz Drummer of the Year’ ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine and was elected into the magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

Peter’s lived in LA since 1987 but has been travelling around the world all of that time, working with such artists as Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Vince Mendoza, Steely Dan, plus European musicians Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler, Palle Danielsson, John Taylor, Kate Bush, Nguyen Lê, Rita Marcotulli, the Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden plus Sadao Watanabe in Japan. He won his second Grammy Award as the drummer of the WDR big band in Köln along with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza and others for the “Some Skunk Funk” album. Meanwhile, Peter keeps busy in on the road and in LA with such artists as Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Williams, plus John Beasley, Bob Sheppard and Benjamin Shepherd (all 3 musicians members of his Dr. Um Band), as well as playing in the studios. Films where Peter’s drumming can be heard include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” all three of the Austin Powers movies, “The Secret Life of Pets,” plus the title music of the Steven Spielberg/John Williams collaboration, “The Adventures of Tintin.” He also played the jazz drumming cues on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack for “La La Land,” and can be heard playing on the scores for “Sing,” “Logan” and “House of Cards.”

Peter produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, with 4 Grammy nominations to its credit. Peter is also an active author with several books to his credit; titles include “No Beethoven (Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report),” “Time Awareness for All Musicians,” “Essential Drum Fills,” and his latest book (co-authored with Dave Black for Alfred Publishing), “The Drummers’ Lifeline.” He is also authoring a series of iOS Play-Along apps suitable for all instruments.

Peter is Professor of Practice and Director of Drumset Studies at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California.

Visit Peter online at http://www.petererskine.com

Learn More About the Thornton School of Music at USC: https://music.usc.edu/departments/jazz/


Inside the Teaching Studio: Series One

Featuring the Jazz Drumming Studio of
Professor Steve Houghton
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

In this new educational series from Vic Firth, we take you “Inside the Studio” of some of the world’s top instructors to give you a peek into the time-proven curriculum that has motivated and educated generations of successful teachers and performers!

In our first series, we take you inside the jazz drumming studio of Steve Houghton from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. In each video, Mr. Houghton will describe the curriculum segment, which will follow with a lesson & demonstration from a student from his studio. With each student’s presentation, you’ll see the immediate application of curriculum to the real world of performance and explanation!

Whether you’re an educator or student, you’ll be sure to benefit from the concepts and lessons from this series! We encourage your thoughts and questions in the discussion below.

JOIN US EACH WEEK FOR A NEW EPISODE!

INSTALLMENT ONE: How to Sound Like Elvin Jones with Hannah Johnson

In this segment from the Vic Firth series “Inside the Teaching Studio”, Hannah Johnson presents the topic “How to Start Sounding Like Elvin Jones”. Hannah focuses on two aspects of Elvin’s unique playing style: the triplet ride cymbal feel and “Elvin Latin”.

INSTALLMENT TWO: Brushin' Up on Your Brushwork with Tanner Guss

Tanner Guss talks about some of the ways to move beyond the vertical “stick approach” to playing brushes to a horizontal approach. In this video, Tanner describes a few of the basic motions for brush playing.

INSTALLMENT THREE: Three Ways to Get Closer to Gadd with Jay Tibbitts

Jay Tibbitts demonstrates some of Steve Gadd’s favorite sticking patterns and how he applies it to the drum set: Mozambique, Inverted Doubles and Sextuplet Fills.

INSTALLMENT FOUR: Creative Rudiment Practice with Rocky Martin

In this installment of “Inside the Teaching Studio”, Rocky Martin demonstrates his condensed version of Alan Dawson’s “The Rudimental Ritual” that makes for an effective, concise daily practice routine.

Download Rock’s Ritual here
http://www.vicfirth.com/downloads/rockys_ritual.pdf

INSTALLMENT FIVE: The Groovin' Hi-Hat of Jeff Porcaro with Brad Schulz

In this installment of “Inside the Teaching Studio”, Brad Schulz demonstrates many of the subtle hi-hat variations that Jeff Porcaro utilized in his recordings. Including exercises and practice routines!

INSTALLMENT SIX: Melody in Linear Coordination Exercises with Jake Richter

Jake Richter shares excerpts from a book he’s working on that include linear & coordination exercises and solo concepts. The potential outcomes of these exercises present some very melodic phrases.

INSTALLMENT SEVEN: The Cymbal Beats of Jimmy Cobb and Billy Higgins

Sam Bryson focuses on the ride cymbal beats and swinging style of legendary jazz drummers Jimmy Cobb and Billy Higgins.

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR THE JAZZ DRUMMER:

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    SD4 Combo

    Barrel tip. Light and fast for jazz quartet or chamber music.

    • Diameter: .545" [1.38cm]
    • Length: 157/8" [40.32cm]
    • Taper: Medium
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    RUTE505

    This model is a cross between our Rock Rake and the original Rute. A great choice for light jazz and combo playing. With thirty-one plastic bristles (.094”) secured in a vinyl handle.

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    hb

    Heritage Brush

    A retractable wire brush featuring light gauge wire and a smooth rubber handle. Fast and easy to play.

    • Diameter: .530" [1.35cm]
    • Spread: 5"
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    esb

    Essentials Stick Bag

    Designed to hold 4-5 implements. Features a hook-and- strap system for hanging, internal pocket and elastic drum key loop. H = 19”, W (when open) = 8 1/4”

steve-houghton-2016About Steve Houghton

Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Dave Stryker, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Jared Gold, Lyle Mays, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bobby Shew, Wayne Bergeron, Bill Cunliffe, Arturo Sandoval, Steve Allee, Joe Henderson, Ray Brown, Karrin Allyson, Dianne Reeves, among others.

As a band leader Houghton’s discography includes: The AHA! Quintet – Freespace, The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited , a recent release of John Williams’ charts for big band and quintet, Live @ The SenatorSteve Houghton Quintet, Windsong, Remembrances, and Steve Houghton Signature. In total Houghton attributes more than one hundred recordings to his credit as a participating artist. As a classical percussionist, Houghton has performed with the Boston, and Philadelphia Pops orchestras, U.S. Army Band, as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He frequently appears as a soloist with numerous orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the world.

As an author, Houghton’s publications boast more than thirty educational books, videos and DVDs including: Drumset 101, Kid’s Drumset Coursebooks 1 & 2, Essential Styles- books 1 & 2 , The Ultimate Drumset Chart Reading Anthology (Alfred), Play and Teach Percussion (GIA), and The Drumset Soloist (WB), and his latest project, Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Directors (Alfred) is a DVD-book series that addresses the entire rhythm section. He has recently created two new educational series for the Vic Firth website, entitled Rhythm Section 101, and The Jazz Trio – An Inside View.

Houghton is Professor of Percussion and Jazz at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his academic duties, he presents yearly clinics and master classes to students around the world; most recently Germany, England, China, New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan. Houghton is a Past- President of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) a founding member of the Jazz Education Network (JEN) and endorses, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Yamaha drums and percussion and Remo world percussion products and drumheads.

Visit Steve online at http://www.houghtonmusic.com

About Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University:

http://music.indiana.edu/departments/academic/percussion/index.shtml

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