The Pulse of Jazz - Drum Set Book w/ CD

Item # QIU368106
| Mfg # 42349
| UPC # 038081470788
Our Price: $16.99

With The Pulse of Jazz, drummer/educator Nic Marcy provides a complete method for building a jazz timekeeping vocabulary. Building on other classic jazz methods, the book provides exercises based around common timekeeping approaches from simple to very advanced (called “time lines”), and provides exercises to develop independence and comping facility with each approach. In this way, the book covers topics such as jazz shuffle ideas, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams concepts, displacement, polyrhythmic comping, comping in 3/4, three-and four-way interdependence exercises, metric modulation and more. The included disc contains 21 MP3 tracks (including play-along songs) and 34 QuickTime videos totaling over 20 minutes of running time.  

Nic Marcy is a world-class educator with a deep passion for the art of drumming and the art of teaching. His decades-long track record with hundreds of private students speaks for itself, and his book The Pulse of Jazz is a fresh and welcome additional to the educational literature on jazz drumset. Always pushing himself as both a player and educator, Nic is an inspiration. I'm proud to call him a friend and colleague.

- Joe Bergamini

  • Category: Percussion - Drum Set Method or Collection
  • Format: Book & CD
  • Instrument: Drum Set
  • Level: Late Elementary / Early Intermediate
  • By Nic Marcy
  • Item: 00-42349
  • UPC: 038081470788
  • ISBN 10: 1470610353
  • ISBN 13: 9781470610357 


  • Quarter-Note Triplet Hat/Ride          
  • Quarter-Note Triplet in the Feet/Ride           
  • Contemporary Timekeeping   
  • Compressed 3 Over 4
  • Swingin' Feet 
  • Ting Chic Workbox   
  • Ting Chic       
  • Implied Modulation   
  • Three-Voice Comping Against a Fragmented Time Line      
  • 3-2 Clave & Jazz Ride           
  • Comping the Walking Bass Line Part II        
  • 2 Over 3         
  • Standard 4/4 Over 3/4           
  • Three-Part Comping in 3/4     
  • Comping in 3/4 with an Orchestrated Cymbal Pattern          
  • "So There"      
  • "Comping the Walking Bass Line"    
  • "A Burrito Supreme"  
  • "Gumbo Parade"        
  • Expanded 5    
  • Expanded 3/4 Over 4/4          
  • Expanded Time in 3/4
  • Hi-Hat Tickling          
  • Tracks and Charts      
  • Displaced       
  • Displaced 2    
  • Displaced 3    
  • Expanded 5 Over 4    
  • "Status Q"      
  • Vocabulary     
  • Other Important Jazz Studies
  • Recommended Listening       
  • Standard Jazz Time Line with Improvisational Hi-Hat         
  • Comping the Walking Bass Line Workbox   
  • Comping the Walking Bass Line       
  • Eighth-Note Jazz       
  • Second Line   
  • About the Author      
  • Acknowledgments     
  • Key    
  • About the Disc           
  • Foreword       
  • Introduction   
  • Timekeeping Concepts           
  • Quarter-Note Core     
  • Quarter-Note Pulse    
  • Eighth-Note Shuffle  
  • Standard Time Line with Triplet Comps       
  • Standard Time Line Workbox           
  • Elvin   
  • Tony   
  • Hi-Hat "Let"  
  • Hi-Hat "Trip" 
  • Workbox for 2-3 Clave/Standard Jazz Ride  
  • 2-3 Clave & Jazz Ride           
  • Workbox for 3-2 Clave/Standard Jazz Ride  
  • Retrograde       

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