Finding Your Beat by Open Studio

Finding Your Beat

Learn techniques of the masters from a modern jazz drumming master

Learn to innovate from the innovators.

Being a modern jazz drummer takes an understanding of history, a grasp of technique, and strong relationship to swing. 

One of modern jazz' most in-demand drummers takes you on a journey that covers the history of drums in jazz to contemporary techniques used by today's masters.

After completing this course.....

You'll be able to:
  • 👏 Develop your sound to get the most out of the drums
  • 🔨 Build a rhythmic vocabulary based on the evolution of the drums in jazz
  • ✍🏼 Create your own practice regiments to continue your growth

    You'll also get:
  • 🔈 Audio downloads of all lessons
  • ❓ Quizzes to help you lock in the material

Applause from our members

"A great learning tool. Drumming courses are awesome. Simply stunning! Inspirational stuff!" 
Keith H. (UK)
" I'm glad I signed up for Open Studio. Just going through a few of the lessons in depth has helped my jazz study immensely. The instruction is practical, comprehensive, and inspirational. It makes you want to practice more."
Charles V. (USA)

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Meet Your Teacher

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.

What's included?

Video Icon 30 videos File Icon 30 files Text Icon 31 text files

Contents

Welcome to Finding Your Beat!
Technique
Spang-a-Lang
Spang-a-Lang: Quiz
Touch
Touch: Quiz
The Sweet Spot
The Sweet Spot: Quiz
Tips for a Great Sound
Tips for a Great Ride Sound: Quiz
The Jungle
Bass Drum Feathering
Bass Drum Feathering: Quiz
Hi Hat Independence
Hi Hat Independence: Quiz
Bridging the Gap
Brush Mechanics
Brushes Mechanics: Quiz
How To Play Fast
How to Play Fast: Quiz
Hooking Up with the Bass
Hooking Up with the Bass: Quiz
Practice Regiment
Playing With the Masters
The History of the Ride Cymbal
Playing Time in the Baby Dodds Style
Swing Like the Masters
The History of Jazz Brushes According to Ulysses
Orchestrating the Band
The Art of Accompaniment
Learning Melodies and Forms
Trading Inside the Form
Grooves - Part 1
Grooves - Part 2
Different Situations
Solo Analysis
Equipment
Equipment Selection
Drum Positioning
Drum Heads
Drum Tuning
Adding Cymbals
Tuning Your Drums for the Road
Audio Versions of Lessons
Spang-a-Lang
7 mins
Touch
17 mins
The Sweet Spot
12 mins
Tips for a Great Sound
6 mins
The Jungle
5 mins
Bass Drum Feathering
12 mins
Hi-Hat Independence
4.13 MB
Bridging the Gap
3.16 MB
Brush Mechanics
15 mins
How to Play Fast
9 mins
Hooking up With the Bass
12 mins
Practice Regiment
13 mins
The History of the Ride Cymbal
7 mins
Playing Time in the Baby Dodds Style
8 mins
Swing Like the Masters
10 mins
The History of Jazz Brushes According to Ulysses
12 mins
Orchestrating the Band
16 mins
The Art of Accompaniment
18 mins
Learning Melodies and Forms
9 mins
Trading Inside the Form
13 mins
Grooves - Part 1
13 mins
Grooves - Part 2
7 mins
Different Situations
4 mins
Solo Analysis
11 mins
Equipment Selection
43 mins
Drum Positioning
3 mins
Drum Heads
5 mins
Drum Tuning
8 mins
Adding Cymbals
4 mins
Tuning Your Drums for the Road
3 mins
Simple Player Versions
Spang-a-Lang
7 mins
Touch
17 mins
The Sweet Spot
12 mins
Tips for a Great Ride Sound
6 mins
The Jungle
5 mins
Bass Drum Feathering
12 mins
Hi Hat Independence
5 mins
Bridging the Gap
4 mins
Brush Mechanics
15 mins
How to Play Fast
9 mins
Hooking Up with the Bass
12 mins
Practice Regiment
13 mins
The History of the Ride Cymbal
7 mins
Playing Time in the Baby Dodds Style
8 mins
Swing Like the Masters
10 mins
The History of Jazz Brushes According to Ulysses
12 mins
Orchestrating the Band
16 mins
The Art of Accompaniment
18 mins
Learning Melodies and Forms
9 mins
Trading Inside the Form
10 mins
Grooves - Part 1
13 mins
Grooves - Part 2
7 mins
Different Situations
4 mins
Solo Analysis
11 mins
Equipment Selection
43 mins
Drum Positioning
3 mins
Drum Heads
5 mins
Drum Tuning
8 mins
Adding Cymbals
4 mins
Tuning Your Drums for the Road
3 mins

FAQs

Is this course right for me?

Finding Your Beat is the perfect fit for you if:
  • You're an intermediate level drummer that wants to learn more about jazz drumming
  • You want a set course that you can take at your own pace
  • You like to learn by listening, watching, and imitating 

What if this courses isn't for me?

No problem! We have other drum courses, and we'll happily switch you if needed. We also have a  full satisfaction guarantee with easy refund if you're not happy with the course.

I've got more questions!

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