Jon Arkin Online Class: Modern Jazz Drumming

Wednesdays 6 – 7:30pm
7/6 – 8/10 (6 weeks)

The study of bop drumming has long been the most common point of entry for jazz drumming students, and it persists to this day as the de facto standard method of attaining fluency in the language of jazz drumming. However, the extent to which the music has evolved since the early/mid 20th century makes it difficult (if not impossible) to fully comprehend jazz drumming in its present form without wider context. The post-bop drummers who collectively reshaped the role of the drummer in jazz music (including Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, and Jack DeJohnette) are our most important teachers when exploring the possibilities of how to modernize the bop approach; in learning more about their approaches to rhythmic phrasing, drum set vocabulary, interaction within an ensemble, and pushing the boundaries of expectation, we obtain crucial insights into the connection between the past & the present. This class will offer an overview of these post-bop innovators, through the study of audio/video examples and various written examples & exercises. Open to drummers of all levels, as well as to any musicians who wish to deepen their understanding of the evolution of modern jazz drumming.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive — Jimmy Cobb and Philly Joe Jones

Wednesdays 7:45 – 9:15pm
4/6 – 6/1 (9 weeks)

For this installment of our Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive Series, explore the music, style and techniques of Jimmy Cobb and Philly Joe Jones, widely known for their collaborations with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and countless others. Through listening, discussion and analysis, we’ll draw lessons from their music to be applied to our own development as players.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: The Art of the Drum Solo

Wednesdays 6 – 7:30pm
4/6 – 6/1 (9 weeks)

This class, open to drummers of all levels, will explore many aspects of drum soloing & improvisation in various musical contexts. For beginners, several basic concepts will be introduced, such as the drummer’s role & responsibility during a solo, understanding song forms, trading, and solo vocabulary. Intermediate & advanced topics will focus on melodic approaches, thematic development, dynamics & time feel, and the ultimate goal of transcending technique to be able to express one’s musical voice without distraction. Listening examples will be provided, featuring the soloing approaches of some of the most historically influential drummers.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive — Jeff “Tain” Watts and Bill Stewart

Thursdays 7:45 – 9:15pm
1/13 – 3/17 (10 weeks)

For this installment of our Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive Series, explore the music, style and techniques of Jeff “Tain” Watts and Bill Stewart, widely known for their innovative and influential contributions to post-bop drum language collaborating with contemporary masters Branford Marsalis, John Scofield and countless others. Through listening, discussion and analysis, we’ll draw lessons from their music to be applied to our own development as players.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Rhythmic Fluency

Thursdays 6 – 7:30pm
1/13 – 3/17 (10 weeks)

A solid sense of rhythm is one of the main unifying traits of great musicians. As music students, all of our studies are built upon the foundation of our rhythmic fluency, which is why a dedicated focus on rhythm is such an essential part of developing our musical voice. This class, open to musicians of any instrument, will provide a series of concepts and exercises for rhythmic study, ranging from the basics (meter, notation, counting, syncopation) to more advanced focus (polyrhythm, polymeter, displacement, odd groupings, stacked/nested rhythms). With practice of these rhythmic exercises, students will find a new level of ease and understanding when encountering or exploring advanced rhythmic ideas, which can free up exciting new realms of creative expression.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive — Elvin Jones and Jack DeJohnette

Thursdays 7:45 – 9:15pm
9/23 – 12/2 (10 weeks, no class 11/25)

For this installment of our Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive Series, explore the music, style and techniques of Elvin Jones and Jack DeJohnette, widely known for their innovative and influential contributions to post-bop drum language collaborating with John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett and countless others. Through listening, discussion and analysis, we’ll draw lessons from their music to be applied to our own development as players.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Stick Technique

Thursdays 6 – 7:30pm
9/23 – 12/2 (10 weeks, no class 11/25)

A hands-on class for drummers who would like to refine their stick technique & control for drum set playing. Students will learn & explore basic rudiments, variations, combinations, and exercises which apply these patterns to musical phrases. The study of rudimental drumming also provides an excellent window into the finer aspects of technique, including grip angles, finger/wrist/arm roles, and Moeller-based movement.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Alan Dawson’s Rudimental Ritual

Wednesdays 7 – 8:30pm
7/7 – 8/11 (6 weeks)

One of the many enduring legacies of the late master drum teacher Alan Dawson, the Rudimental Ritual is an exceptionally well-crafted exercise that explores the rudiments (and variations) in various phrases and rhythmic contexts. This class will provide an overview of its different sections, demonstrations of specific patterns, discussion of technical challenges, and guidance towards the eventual goal of learning and memorizing the full Ritual.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive — Max Roach and Art Blakey

Tuesdays 7 – 8:30pm
7/6 – 8/10 (6 weeks)

For this installment of our Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive Series, explore the music, style and techniques of Max Roach and Art Blakey, widely known for their innovative and influential contributions to bop drum language collaborating with Charlie Parker, The Jazz Messengers and countless others. Through listening, discussion and analysis, we’ll draw lessons from their music to be applied to our own development as players.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Workshop: Electro-Acoustic Concepts for the Improvising Musician

In the modern musical environment, software-based music is no longer confined by the bounds of pop, dance, and experimental genres—it is increasingly becoming a standard tool for all kinds of musicians who want to expand their sonic palette, and enhance (rather than replace) the possibilities of their acoustic instruments. In this workshop, Jon Arkin demonstrates & discusses electro-acoustic concepts for the improvising musician, including an introduction to Pure Data (an open source graphical programming language designed for musicians), and an overview of how to keep musical usability as the focus of one’s venture into the ever-expanding world of music technology. Open to all.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting! Save money by signing up for workshops in advance! The cost of the workshop goes up by $15 on the day of the event.

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