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Playing in the Rhythm Section of a Jazz Band

by Dr. Scott Harris, SFA Director of Percussion Activities
by Dr. Stephen Lias, SFA Theory and Composition Area Coordinator
by Dr. Jeffrey Jacobsen, former SFA Director of Orchestral Activities



Below you will find some video clips demonstrating some common techniques for playing in the rhythm section of a jazz band.  Each video highlights techniques for playing bass, percussion (drums), or piano in a jazz band.  Emphasis is placed on the following musical styles: Latin tunes, swing tunes, ballads, and rock tunes.

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Video 1 - Playing Bass
LATIN TUNES
(length: 3:55)
Video 2 - Playing Percussion (Drums)
LATIN TUNES
(length: 3:44)

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Video 3 - Playing Piano
LATIN TUNES
(length: 9:22)
Video 4 - Playing Bass
SWING TUNES
(length: 10:56)
Video 5 - Playing Percussion (Drums)
SWING TUNES
(length: 5:57)
Video 6 - Playing Bass
BALLADS
(length: 1:48)
Video 7 - Playing Percussion (Drums)
BALLADS
(length: 2:14)
Video 8 - Playing Bass
ROCK TUNES
(length: 3:53)
 

 

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