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Learn more about Scribd Membership Home. Much more than documents. Discover everything Scribd has to offer, including books and audiobooks from major publishers. Start Free Trial Cancel anytime. Ed Thigpen - The Sound of Brushes. Uploaded by Marco Lopes. Document Information click to expand document information Description: drums. Date uploaded Oct 09, Did you find this document useful?

Is this content inappropriate? Report this Document. Description: drums. Flag for Inappropriate Content. Download Now. Related titles. Carousel Previous Carousel Next. Jump to Page. Search inside document. One cannat help but be influenced by these great artists. Since the emergence of rack music, whieh for the most part requires heavy drumming, the brushes were set aside or, for most of the young players who began playing during this period, have never been used at all.

In wrote a book entitled Ed Thigpen Talking Drums in which was included a few pages of diagrammed brush strokes. It was then suggested that do a book totally devoted to brush tech- nique This book is the result. All of the strokes included herein use, depending upon the musical sit- ation. It is my sincere hope that The Sound of Brushes will help you in developing effective brush technique.

ED THIGPEN Renovined the world over for his exemplary musicianship, brush artistry, and acclaimed teach- ing methods, Ed Thigpen is considered by musicians and critics alike to be one of the finest drummersipercussionists in jazz. Bor December 28, , in Chicago, Ed was raised, however, in Los Angeles where, while studying music with Samuel Brown, he acquired drumset experience with his school's swing band.

In fact, his unwavering dedication and skills eared him the Thomas Jefferson High School music award. In June he accepted an invitation to tour with the great jazz vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald, with whom he worked until January He remained with Ella and Tommy until September , when he settled in his current home and base of operation Copenhagen, Denmark.

From there he has maintained a busy schedule of international per- formances with both European and American artists. Additionally, his role as an educator has continued to expand with teaching pasitions, the publication of several highly acclaimed method books and educational videos, as well as written articles and advisory contributions for Modem Drummer magazine, The Jazz Educators Journal, and the Percussive Arts Society.

P beat Right-Hand Hock Stroke. Guira, Gabasa Simulations Exs. Inteduston Track 2. Page Track Page 23 Track Page 26 Trace Page 27 Track Page 30 rack Rage 37 Track Fage 37 rack Page 25, Track Page 35 Track Page 35 Track 07 Track 0B. Page 37 Track Page 36 Track 11 Paga 36 Track Page 38 Tack This sound can be quite effective, particularly when you don't have other percussionists in the group. Following are a few exercises to help you with these thythmic sound effects.

Remember to do this very slowly at first. What happens is that instead of turning the wrist up again after the downward movement, you tighten or squeeze more on the brush handle and follow the vibrations of the wires downward with the hand. With practice, you can control the amount of bounces, getting two, three, four, or more bounces with gach single movement of the hand, Multiple-Bounce Exercises i.

One Can really dig into drums as woll as play off the heads: upestrokes. The handle on the brush as constructed absorbs and cushions the shock from ard hits on the drums. Ty the folowing exercises for starters, then proceed to practice rudiments, or any other stroke combination and pattems you would narmally play with sticks or conventional wire brushes.

Single Strokes with Accents Wnghi pane only Sraqulise wth init hace Righi-hara straight sight add lell hard on counts? Naturally, this has resulted in some pretty bad brushwork in this day and age. Ed Thigpen has called upon his vast knowledge and wntten a book that should be included in every drum mar's library, be he student or teacher, novice or professional, It's tima someane wrote a definitive book on brushes, and I believe Ed Thigpen has done just that.

Put it in the saction marked Percussion, Traps, Contemporary. Try it! You'll ike it! The recording is great, too! In my estimation, he now scores very highly as a writer, although this is not his first book. Ed takes you step by step through many varied techniques Also taken into account are the different types of handles and wires for producing a wide ange of effects and tone colors.

The CDs are well done and clearly narrated by Ed personally, and without haste. Nowhere along the way does the student feel he is being rushed from ane exercise to another. On the contrary, found Ed to have a very relaxed way of talking, which reflected on the listener. Also trace the diagram with your finger tips only.

Take it stage by stage and allow yourself plenty of time. The Sound of Brushes is possibly one of the most enlightening books on the subject, written by a leading exponent of the att. Brimming with diagrams and directions, Thigpen has assem- bled a valuable yet complex reference, which demands concentration. The accompanying Ds are not only helptul—they are essential!

An eye-opening look at a nearly lost art, by a true artist. Bravo, Mr, T! Eovery minute of Ed's video i filled with inspiring instructions and performances. Ed has the wonderful ability to make viewers feel as if he were their long-time teacher or friend, openly sharing his great knowledge, tal ent, and expericnees, He explains and demonstrates the essential strokes and sounds of the brushes and their applications to different rhythmic patterns and musical forms, Also, he uses a variety of brushes to present many tradition al and innovative techniques.

This is an amazing video from a great teacher and musician—the one and only Ed Thigpen. A complimentary manual with special playing diagrams, notations, and suggestions for further studies is enclosed, Rhythmic Primer: Rhythm Brought to Life This rhythmic primer is. IR warner eros. More From Marco Lopes. Marco Lopes.


Ed Thigpen - The Sound of Brushes

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The Sound of Brushes: Book & 2 CDs


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