Art of Swing

Bring the swing home to your bass or drums with this course from two modern masters, Ulysses Owens Jr. & Reuben Rogers.

Swing harder = more gigs.

Nothing kills a performance like a bassist or drummer that can’t swing.

Don’t be that player. Be the player everyone wants to work with.

Let Reuben Rogers and Ulysses Owens Jr., two modern masters of swing, take you on a journey of feel, style, connection, and how to practice swing that will change your playing forever.

And with every note transcribed on both instruments, you won’t miss a beat.

  • Level 2
  • 9 videos
  • 1.5 hours
  • Subtitles: English

Meet Your Instructor

Ulysses Owens Jr. is a Grammy-winning drummer and also a producer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur. He has toured and recorded with artists including Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Diane Schuur, Renee Fleming, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone, and Mulgrew Miller.

Ulysses is currently on faculty at the Juilliard School’s Jazz Studies Program, his alma mater, as an instructor for small ensembles.

Meet Your Instructor

Imbued with both groove and spirit from birth, Reuben Rogers combined the calypso and reggae rhythms of his native Virgin Islands with the gospel sounds of the church and the freedom and improvisation of jazz to create the unique chemistry that would make him one of the most distinctive and in-demand bassists in modern jazz.

Reuben has performed with Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Tomasz Stanko, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean and Dianne Reeves, among many others.

Course Contents

Course content

  • Introduction
  • The Basics of Swing
  • Finding Your Beat
  • The Two Feel
  • 3/4
  • Swing in Different Styles
  • Ballads
  • Up-Tempo Swing
  • Swing Masterclass