VIC FIRTH ARTIST
PETER MAGADINI

An internationally acclaimed performer, educator and author, Peter Magadini has played with artists including Diana Ross, George Duke, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker and John Handy. He as also played percussion with The Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood, The Toronto Symphony and The Formm Festival of Contemporary Music at Carnegie Hall. In addition, Peter has performed as a studio musician in the US and Canada and has been featured on many recordings with his own quintet.

Mr. Magadini holds degrees from both the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto and includes among his teachers drummers Don Bothwell, Roy Burns, Timpanist Roland Kohloff and North India tabla master Mahapurush Misra.

He is a celebrated educator and the author of many popular and critically acclaimed volumes such as Musicians Guide to Polyrhythms, voted 6th on Modern Drummer Magazine's list of the 25 greatest drum books.

Peter is currently teaching drumset for the Brubeck Institute (University of the Pacific), at the Jazz School in Berkeley, at Haight-Ashbury Music and in his own private studio in Marin County California.

 

Pete's stick of choice:
American Jazz® 3
An 8D shaft that feels like it plays itself.
L = 16" | Dia. = .545"
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Peter Magadini: “Jazz Drums ”

In this information-packed DVD, master jazz drummer and clinician Peter Magadini reveals the essential ingredients of jazz drumming. Inspirational live performances, concise explanations, demonstrations and exercises provide a comprehensive overview of traditional and contemporary jazz drumming styles and techniques, including: playing the jazz ride cymbal • playing with a “two” feel • the ride cymbal and independence • jazz form and structure • Latin and Latin jazz patterns, including Samba, Cascara and more • techniques for improvising on the drumset • playing fours and eights • how to trade solos with the band • brush technique • interpreting drum charts in all styles • jazz-rock fusion • and more. Includes a booklet with notated examples of the exercises and patterns on the DVD, with extra details of on-screen demonstrations.

Watch excerpts from Peter Magadini's Jazz Drums
CLIP 1: Opening Solo
CLIP 2: Techniques for improvising on the drumset

MORE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL
from Pete Magadini

The Complete Drumset Rudiments
Hal Leonard Publishing

Use your imagination to incorporate these rudimental etudes into new patterns that you can apply to the drumset or tom toms as you develop your hand technique with the Snare Drum Rudiments, your hand and foot technique with the Drumset Rudiments and your polyrhythmic technique with the Polyrhythm Rudiments. Adopt them all into your own creative expressions based on ideas you come up with while practicing. The recording includes demonstrations of the rudiments and four drum solos utilizing all of the rudiments.

Plolyrhythms: The Musician's Guide
Hal Leonard Publishing

Peter Magadini's Polyrhythms is acclaimed the world over and has been hailed by Modern Drummer magazine as “by far the best book on the subject.” Written for instrumentalists and vocalists alike, this book/CD pack contains excellent solos and exercises that feature polyrhythmic concepts. Topics covered include: 6 over 4, 5 over 4, 7 over 4, 3 over 4, 11 over 4, and other rhythmic ratios; combining various polyrhythms; polyrhythmic time signatures; and much more. The CD includes demos of the exercises.

Polyrhythms for the Drumset
Alfred Publishing

An extensive step-by-step method on the application of polyrhythms for the drumset. Expands drum solos and fills by incorporating polyrhythms to basic time. This book also lends itself as a source for extending rhythmic comprehension while the drummer is improvising.

Learn to Play the Drumset
Hal Leonard Publishing

This method has been written to teach the basics of the drum set in the shortest amount of time. The method is unique in that it is a beginning course that starts the student out on the entire drum set. Book One covers basic set-ups, reading and improvisation, coordination of hands and feet, and features a variety of contemporary and basic rhythm patterns with exercise breakdowns for each. Book Two continues instruction with more improvisation exercises, playing triplets, flams and flam beats, practical musicianship tips, equipment selection and many more techniques and skills.

Aprendiendo a Tocar La Bateria
Hal Leonard Publishing

The Spanish-language version of this popular method that was written to teach the basics of the drum set in the shortest amount of time. This unique method is a beginning course that starts the student out on the entire drum set. Book One covers basic set-ups, reading and improvisation, coordination of hands and feet, and features a variety of contemporary and basic rhythm patterns.

   


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