In part one (1 of 2) of this drum masterclass, professional drummer and tabla player Dan Weiss gives you some great tools to help free up your drumming and improvisations. Dan discusses using unconventional devices and concepts to give you fluidity in creating new sounds, textures and rhythms. NOTE: You can purchase both videos in this series at a discount here!
Topics Covered: Drums, limb unison and non-unison, altering dynamics, rhythmic independence, unnatural motions, phrasing, combining elements, deconstructing rudiments, being musical with technical elements, adding textures, expressing melodies on the drums, using these elements in drum improvisations.
Dan Weiss began playing the drums at the age of 6. He received his bachelor’s degree at Manhattan School of Music with a major in jazz percussion and minor in classical composition. Soon after getting his formal education, he began touring the world and recording with musicians such as David Binney, Lee Konitz, Rudresh Mahantthapa, Miguel Zenon, Kenny Werner and many others.
In addition to the drums, Weiss has been studying the tabla under his guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee for almost 20 years. This apprenticeship has been a major influence in his musical aesthetic, exemplified in two of his records where he performs classical Indian repertoire on drum set. David Adler All About Jazz ) wrote, “Weiss is arguably unique among today’s jazz drummers, transposing ideas from his tabla study to the drum kit, as heard most clearly on Tintal Drum Set Solo (Chhandayan , 2005) and Jhaptal Drum Set Solo.” Weiss was also named ‘The Top Up and Coming Percussionist’ 2 years in a row in the 60th and 61st annual Downbeat’s Critic’s Poll and was featured in the New York Times as ‘One of the 5 Most Promising Drummers of the New Generation’.
Weiss has led his trio, which includes Jacob Sacks on piano and Thomas Morgan on bass, for over a decade. Their two releases, “Now Yes When” and “Timshel” have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation. Weiss’ most ambitious work to date is a 14 piece ensemble composition that features a rhythm section, horns, voices, harp, percussion and organ. This much anticipated album will be released in the spring of 2014.
Weiss currently lives in Brooklyn , NY where he continues to study, practice, teach, perform and record.