Essential Intermediate to Advanced Jazz Drumming Exercises

Build on my beginner Jazz drums courses and watch your Jazz drumming explode with these powerful advanced Jazz drumming exercises. Save yourself 20% too!

This course pack is a one-time payment for lifetime access to all 9 courses on this page.

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Save thousands on private lessons and learn advanced Jazz drumming exercises at your own pace. Take this important step toward becoming a pro Jazz drummer without the hefty price tag!

Master the Art of Jazz Drumming

My Intermediate to Advanced Jazz drumming Complete Course Pack is designed to help you master the complexities of Jazz drumming. With a focus on advanced Jazz drumming exercises including techniques, rhythms, drum fills, soloing and more, this course pack will deepen your skills and ready you for playing with pro musicians. 

By the end of this course pack, you'll be ready for gigging!

Advanced Jazz Drumming Exercises and Expert Instruction

With my over 35 years of pro gigging experience in the US, Europe, Brazil and Japan, you'll be learning from a seasoned Jazz drummer. I'll guide you through advanced Jazz drumming exercises and concepts in an enjoyable and proven way.

This course pack includes in-depth video lessons, challenging practice exercises, PDF guides and practice songs to help you achieve a high level of proficiency on the kit. 

Flexible and Affordable Learning For All of Your Advanced Jazz Drumming Exercises

Achieve your Jazz drumming goals without draining your bank account. My complete course pack offers flexible learning options, allowing you to study at your own pace. All for 1000's of dollars less than you would pay to learn all of this material in private drum lessons. 

Private lessons are definitely good for you and I've taught over 10,000 of them!  I think though that they're best for getting specific drumming tips.  You don't need a private teacher anymore to learn all of the Jazz drumming essential grooves, independence, fills, soloing, chart reading and many other skills. My online drum lessons will will help you achieve all of this just as well.

With lifetime access to all of the Intermediate to Advanced Jazz drumming exercises in this course pack, you can also revisit lessons as needed, ensuring steady progress and mastery of advanced Jazz drumming skills. 

At Jazz Drum School, you have access to me through our message system when you have questions. You are also automatically enrolled in my monthly live stream Drum Lab to ask questions and get help with your courses and Jazz drumming in general. 

#1 Jazz Drum Set Independence Patterns

One of the most difficult Jazz drumming skills is independence. Getting our hands and feet to play together in musical ways can be very challenging for most drummers.

In this course, I'll rewire your brain with 8 advanced Jazz drumming exercises.  These will open up your playing and give you the drumming independence of great Jazz drummers like Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Brian Blade.  When you finish this course, you'll definitely be a different drummer. 

#2 Afro-Cuban Latin Drumming

Afro-Cuban Latin drumming is not only exciting but also essential for your Jazz drumming. Whether, it's Mozambique, Mambo or Bembé, we get asked to play many Latin rhythms in Jazz.

In here, you'll learn the most important Latin grooves we use in Jazz and expand your drumming feel and independence. The grooves you'll learn are like advanced Jazz drumming exercises.  Each one will get your hands and feel moving in ways that will surprise and excite you. 

#3 Brazilian Drumming

Since the 1960's Brazilian rhythms have been fused with Jazz music. Knowing Bossa Nova and Samba are critical for your success in Jazz drumming.

In this course, you'll learn Brazilian percussion, the 6 most important Bossa/Samba rhythms, dozens of drumming grooves and a lot more. 

#4 Jazz Drum Fills

Jazz drum fills are in a category all their own.  In Jazz we move beyond drum licks and into musical phrases. 

In here, you'll learn over 30 sticking patterns and how to use them in infinite ways across your drum kit.  You'll never run out of ideas for drum fills and solos ever again! 

#5 Jazz Drum Soloing

Trading fours and eights, chorus solos, vamp solos, open solos and arranged solos are all very common in Jazz drumming.  Knowing how to play each of these is essential for your Jazz drumming. 

These intermediate to advanced Jazz drumming exercises for drum soloing, will teach you the 5 types of soloing and how to come up with endless ideas for what to play during your solos. This course goes well with the Jazz Drum Fills course. 

#6 Fast Jazz Ride Cymbal

Playing fast Jazz Swing is not as difficult as you might think.  As you get better on the drums, you'll naturally start to play faster tempos. 

In here, you'll learn the technique I use for playing fast and relaxed at almost any speed. This course will help you break through the speed barrier with relative ease.

#7 Jazz Drumming Hi-Hat

Max Roach and Buddy Rich could play the heck out the hi-hats. They played fills that really expanded the creative potential of this unique voice on the drum kit.

Using the advanced Jazz drumming exercises and patterns I teach in this course will make your hi-hat playing more musical.  You'll add dimension to your playing during bass solos, grooves and any other place you're working those hats.

In here, you'll learn how to play in "2", five cool fill patterns, hi-hat fanning and more. 

#8 Reading Drum Sheet Music

Reading drum charts (drum sheet music) or music lead sheets doesn't have to be intimidating. In fact, once you master this valuable drumming skill, you'll stop getting lost when playing with other musicians. 

In here, you'll learn the symbols and structure of drum charts and lead sheets and how to set up kicks like in big band drumming.  I also cover pick up notes, intros, endings, changing feels and more. 

This one will get you all the way through your intermediate level drumming.

#9 Drum Lab

Got questions about Jazz drumming techniques, your courses or Jazz drumming? Join my free monthly Drum Lab live stream class. 

Just by purchasing any course or course pack, you are automatically enrolled into Drum Lab. Instructions for connecting to the class can be found on the Drum Lab course page

Your Essential Intermediate to Advanced Jazz Drumming Exercises All In This Course Pack

Build on my beginner Jazz drums courses and watch your Jazz drumming explode with these powerful courses. Save yourself 20% too!

This is your chance to learn all of your essential intermediate to advanced Jazz drumming exercises in one place. 

This course pack is a one-time payment for lifetime access to all 9 courses on this page.

Intermediate to Advanced Jazz Drumming Complete Course Pack

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This course saves you time and money by focusing on the most important intermediate to advanced Jazz drumming exercises and skills you need to play Jazz on the drums with other musicians. 

By the end of these online drum lessons, you'll be ready for the gig!

 
  • 25 hours of drum lessons
  • 120 video drum lessons
  • 50 pages of lesson PDF's
  • 60 backing tracks for drums
  • Drum Lab Monthly Drum Class

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One-Time Payment. Lifetime Access to your course. Pay once, drum forever!

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Learn with a relaxed, step-by-step method at your own pace.

You can also track your progress and see how much you have accomplished. Example below is from the Brushes Mastery Course.
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THE LESSONS

JAZZ DRUM SET INDEPENDENCE PATTERNS COURSE

Powerful drumming coordination exercises that transform your drumming.
  • INTRO AND JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERN #1 - 16:32
  • JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERN #2 - 04:05
  • JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERN #3 - 03:41
  • JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERN #4 - 04:38
  • JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERN #5 - 02:55
  • JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERN #6 - 02:34
  • JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERN #7 - 03:58
  • JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERN #8 - 03:41
  • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER - 07:28
  • JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERNS PERFORMANCE #1 - 02:10
  • JAZZ DRUMMING PATTERNS PERFORMANCE #2 - 12:25

AFRO-CUBAN DRUMMING COURSE

The essential Afro-Cuban grooves every Jazz drummer needs to know
  • INTRO AND BRAZILIAN 16THS - 08:17
  • CLAVE AND BEMBÉ RHYTHMS - 11:04
  • MAMBO SON & RUMBA CLAVE + BONUS GROOVE - 15:08
  • 2:3 MAMBO SON CLAVE PERFORMANCE - 01:37
  • 3:2 MAMBO RHUMBA CLAVE PERFORMANCE - 01:52
  • CHA-CHA-CHA - 09:55
  • CHA-CHA-CHA PERFORMANCE 1 - 01:41
  • CHA-CHA-CHA PERFORMANCE 2 - 00:45
  • GUAGUANCO - 05:20
  • GUAGUANCO PERFORMANCE - 01:39
  • BOLERO - 08:14
  • BOLERO PERFORMANCE - 04:41
  • SONGO - 04:45
  • SONGO PERFORMANCE - 00:33
  • MOZAMBIQUE-MAMBO HYBRID GROOVE - 7:07
  • MOZAMBIQUE PERFORMANCE - 05:54
  • BEMBÉ - 08:02
  • BEMBÉ PERFORMANCE - 00:45
  • 9/8 OR 3/4 AFRO-CUBAN - 10:24
  • 9/8 OR 3/4 AFRO-CUBAN PERFORMANCE - 01:49
  • DRUM FILLS - 08:13
  • CHOOSING THE CORRECT CLAVE AND CONNECTING TO THE MUSIC - 14:14
  • LISTENING RECOMMENDATIONS - 03:50

BRAZILIAN DRUMMING COURSE

The essential Brazilian grooves every Jazz drummer needs to know.
  • BRAZILIAN DRUMMING COURSE INTRO - 05:35
  • 6 BRAZILIAN RHYTHMS - 04:13
  • BRAZILIAN 16TH NOTE FEEL - 12:03
  • 7 BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS - 30:17
  • BASIC COORDINATION (INDEPENDENCE) - 07:48
  • HI-HAT BOSSA NOVA GROOVES - 15:50
  • RIDE CYMBAL BOSSA NOVA GROOVES - 10:48
  • HI-HAT SAMBA GROOVES - 15:34
  • RIDE CYMBAL SAMBA GROOVES - 11:12
  • SNARE DRUM INDEPENDENCE EXERCISES - 26:52
  • PUSH-PULL TECHNIQUE - 10:23
  • HI-HAT ACCENTS AND PHRASING - 21:28
  • SAMBA FEEL DRUM FILL - 10:06
  • PARTIDO ALTO GROOVES - 12:24
  • PETER ERSKINE SAMBA GROOVES - 16:05
  • FLOOR TOM SAMBA GROOVES - 20:10
  • SAMBA FUNK GROOVE - 09:44
  • SHAKER SAMBA GROOVES - 16:52
  • HAND DRUMMING BOSSA AND SAMBA - 12:40
  • SNARE DRUM SAMBA GROOVES - 09:33
  • BAIÃO GROOVES - 24:17
  • PICKING THE RIGHT RHYTHM - 13:30
  • LISTENING SUGGESTIONS AND CONCLUSION - 01:06
  • BOSSA NOVA PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE 1 - 04:03
  • BOSSA NOVA PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE 2 - 02:39
  • SAMBA PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE 1 - 02:03
  • SAMBA PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE 2 - 05:55
  • SAMBA PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE 3 - 07:48
  • PETER ERSKINE SAMBA EXAMPLE - 01:22
  • HAND DRUMMING EXAMPLES - 05:24
  • BAIÃO PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE 1 - 01:30
  • BAIÃO PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE 2 - 01:30

01 JAZZ DRUM FILLS COURSE - THE STICKING PATTERNS

Learn the basic sticking patterns for the course.
  • INTRO AND PARADIDDLE STICKING PATTERNS 16:20
  • ROLL STICKING PATTERNS 07:10
  • FLAM STICKING PATTERNS 03:54
  • SINGLE STROKE STICKING PATTERNS 04:39
  • TRIPLET COMBINATION STICKING PATTERNS 04:56
  • ROLLING DRUM FILLS PART 1 - 11:51
  • ROLLING DRUM FILLS PART 2 - 13:51
  • UNISON STICKING PATTERNS 02:17
  • OTHER STICKING PATTERNS 05:22

02 CHANGING THE PATTERNS

Learn to tripletize, straighten and displace the sticking patterns.
  • MODULATING THE STICKINGS 19:24

03 DRUM FILL LENGTHS

This section covers how to play the most-used drum fill lengths in Jazz drumming. 
  • PURPOSE AND LENGTH OF DRUM FILLS 09:32
  • TWO-COUNT DRUM FILLS 15:15
  • ONE-MEASURE DRUM FILLS 17:38
  • TWO-MEASURE DRUM FILLS 14:44
  • TWO-MEASURE DRUM FILL DEMOS 10:53
  • DRUM FILL TRANSITIONS 04:43

04 EXAMPLE DRUM FILLS AND CONNECTING FEELS

Learn 33 drum fills that I play across the drum kit. Also learn to combine tripletized and straightened feels in your drum fills.
  • 33 DRUM FILL EXAMPLES 09:59
  • CONNECTING DRUM FILL FEELS 08:27

06 COURSE CONCLUSION

Final thoughts and inspiration for drum fills.
  • CONCLUSION 02:34

01 JAZZ DRUM SOLOING COURSE - INTRODUCTION

Learn the purpose of drum soloing
  • INTRODUCTION 02:54

02 DRUM SOLOING TOOLS

Learn 11 tools you can use to make your solos smooth, creative and musical.
  • SPACE 03:12
  • REPETITION 02:28
  • DYNAMICS 02:44
  • ACCENTS 02:49
  • SYNCOPATION 03:00
  • CALL AND RESPONSE 01:58
  • BEBOP FEEL 04:39
  • ARTICULATION 07:46
  • PITCH 06:02
  • CONTRAST 06:29
  • MARKING THE SONG FORM 06:47

03 NEVER GET LOST AGAIN

Learn the musical cues that will help you start and end your solos with confidence.
  • HOW TO NOT GET LOST 24:37

04 BUILD YOUR SOLO VOCABULARY

Learn 9 creative ways to come up with endless drum soloing ideas.
  • BEBOP PHRASING 05:41
  • MOTIVES 14:20
  • RUDIMENTS 11:54
  • GROOVING 07:06
  • THE SONG MELODY 12:15
  • OTHER SONG MELODIES 05:54
  • BORROWING FROM THE SOLOIST 07:09
  • BORROWING FROM THE RHYTHM SECTION 05:21
  • SINGING 09:52
  • FILLING IN BETWEEN THE NOTES 14:46

05 TYPES OF JAZZ DRUM SOLOING

Learn the 5 primary ways we solo on the drums in Jazz music.
  • TRADING FOURS AND EIGHTS 16:37
  • PRACTICING FOURS WITH MOTIVES 14:28
  • TRADING FOURS PRACTICE 11:14 
  • TRADING EIGHTS PRACTICE 11:32
  • TRADING FOURS WITH BRUSHES EXAMPLE 01:07
  • TRADING EIGHTS AND FOURS EXAMPLE 03:20
  • CHORUS SOLOS 10:56
  • BUILD A CHORUS SOLO 14:07
  • TRADING FOURS AND CHORUS SOLO EXAMPLE 02:17
  • TRADING EIGHTS AND SIXES EXAMPLE 03:20
  • CHORUS SOLO #2 EXAMPLE 01:06
  • CHORUS SOLO #3 EXAMPLE 01:22
  • CHORUS SOLO #4 EXAMPLE 01:52
  • CHORUS SOLO #5 EXAMPLE 01:07
  • OPEN SOLOS 18:49
  • OPEN SOLO EXAMPLE 03:42
  • OPEN SOLO #2 EXAMPLE 04:51
  • VAMP SOLOS 06:48
  • VAMP SOLO EXAMPLE 01:56
  • ARRANGEMENT SOLOS 05:00
  • ARRANGEMENT SOLO EXAMPLE #1 00:29
  • ARRANGEMENT SOLO EXAMPLE #2 00:59

06 COURSE CONCLUSION

Final thoughts and inspiration for soloing.
  • CONCLUSION 01:26

FAST JAZZ RIDE CYMBAL COURSE

Play relaxed and confident at any tempo.
  • INTRO - 02:14
  • THE TECHNIQUE - 13:55
  • THE 6 PATTERNS - 12:15
  • ADDING THE HI-HAT & RIDE MELODIES - 13:47
  • SPEED AND ENDURANCE PRACTICE - 06:01
  • CONCLUSION - 01:03
  • PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE #1 - 02:28
  • PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE #2 - 03:25

JAZZ DRUMMING HI-HAT COURSE

Add some slick hi-hat fills to your playing
  • INTRO - 02:38
  • PLAYING IN "2" AND THE RHYTHM - 09:21
  • HI-HAT FILL PATTERN #1 - 08:23
  • HI-HAT FILL PATTERN #2 - 09:27
  • HI-HAT FILL PATTERN #3 - 03:51
  • HI-HAT FILL PATTERN #4 - 02:58
  • HI-HAT FILL PATTERN #5 - 03:58
  • HI-HAT FANNING AND OTHER SOUNDS - 03:52
  • MIXING THE FILL PATTERNS - 15:14
  • CONCLUSION - 01:06
  • EXAMPLE PERFORMANCES VIDEO - 03:44

READING DRUM SHEET MUSIC COURSE

Take the anxiety out of music chart reading
  • INTRO - 00:56
  • SHADY SIDE SONG - PLAYING EXAMPLE - 06:35
  • THE MUSIC ROAD MAP - PART 1 - READING THE MUSIC - 17:51
  • THE MUSIC ROAD MAP - PART 2 - READING THE MUSIC - 20:13
  • PLAYING THE MUSIC - PART 1 - 21:09
  • PLAYING THE MUSIC - PART 2 - 13:22
  • PICKUP NOTES, INTROS AND CHANGING FEELS - 04:19
  • CONCLUSION - 01:04

DRUM LAB MONTHLY CLASS

Get extra help for your Jazz drumming
  • Every month, I'll answer you burning Jazz drums questions in a live stream class. Free for all enrolled Jazz Drum School students. 

Need a little more help with your Jazz advanced drumming?

Send me a direct message in the School and ask your questions in my monthly Drum Lab class. Just some of the perks for joining Jazz Drum School! 

Von Baron

Jazz drummer, educator, composer

About YOUR TEACHER

Performing regularly on stage and in the recording studio for 35+ years, Von Baron is one of the busiest drummers in Japan. 

Playing with Stanley Jordan, Benny Golson, Eddie Henderson, Geoff Keezer and many others gave Von the opportunity to hone his Jazz drumming skills. 

It's with this real world experience, Von created this course to give you a solid foundation for your Jazz drumming.
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