PLAYING WITH BRUSHES:
PETER ERSKINE

Peter Erskine is best known for his versatility and ardent love of working in various musical settings. He began his career at the age of 18 with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and has since played with such groups as Weather Report and Steps Ahead; the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Bob Mintzer and Kenny Wheeler; ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern London Symphony and L.A. Philharmonic; Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, the Yellowjackets, Diana Krall, plus many other musicians, recording over 400 albums.

He leads his own trio which records for ECM and his own record label FUZZY MUSIC; he tours and teaches extensively, and has won numerous awards for his work, including a "Grammy," the Modern Drummer Reader Poll/Mainstream Jazz Drummer category (6 times), and an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee School of Music. His latest book is Vol. 1 of "Drumset Essentials," a book and CD trilogy being published by Alfred Music. Hudson Music has released his performance video "Peter Erskine Trio, Live at JazzBaltica" and Hal Leonard has published his acclaimed book "The Drum Perspective." His newest recording is "Badlands" with Alan Pasqua & Dave Carpenter.

In this lesson series, Peter will cover basic brush skills on the drumset. Peter's musical approach will benefit players at every level - from beginner to advanced.



Installment 1: Creating a Smooth Legato Sound
Installment 2: Adding Articulation
Installment 3: Basic Time Keeping Pattern
Installment 4: Time Keeping, Part 2 – Hi-Hat, Double Time Feels
Installment 5: Brushes on Bossa, Pop Grooves
Installment 6: Medium/Fast Jazz, Fills with Singles and Doubles
MORE VIDEO: Peter Performing with Brushes at PASIC 2005


PETER'S VIC FIRTH IMPLEMENTS OF CHOICE:

Heritage Brush
Features a light gauge wire and a smooth rubber handle. Fast and easy to play.
Dia. = .530" | Spread = 5"
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Peter Erskine (SPE)
Light and fast with a piccolo tip for pinpoint articulation on cymbals.
L = 16" | Dia. = .525"
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Peter Erskine Ride Stick (SPE2)
An extra long taper and tear drop tip for enhanced cymbal response. Beefed-up shaft for extra power.
L = 16" | Dia. = .575"
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Peter Erskine Big Band Stick (SPE3)
Combines the shaft dimensions of a 5A and 5B with a long taper for effortless rebound.
L = 16" | Dia. = .585"
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VISIT PETER’S WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST TOURING, RECORDING AND CLINIC INFO:
WWW.PETERERSKINE.COM




 

 



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