Posted by Todd Bishop at He has the uncanny ability to blend into most any musical situation yet always creates something new and interesting with his phenomenal skills. The first couple measures reveal the fill, which is followed by his equally enjoyable groove.
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Posted by Todd Bishop at The outro groove feels equally unusual.
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Newer Post Older Post Home. The first one notated in the top two lines is a pretty conventional Afro-Cuban groove.
These excerpts were chosen partly because they reveal a glimpse or two of his musical brilliance and frightening technique, and also because none of these transcriptions has been published before. It's one of the harder 29 measures of music I've attempted in a while: Thanks, glad you like it. I know some good teachers who think people should play them, but I think people should use them as a listening guide-- like, they should listen to the recording many times while following along on the page.
They seem to be more of an analysis that can inform our playing rather than to be performed, as you say, as etudes etc. Here are two short but great fills. Colaiuta is not just a great jazz, studio, pop and country musician. Colaiuta plays an absolutely jaw-dropping four-bar drum break.
Transcription: Vinnie Colaiuta Transcription: Keep it Greasy from Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage
I do have my own hard stuff that I play. Thanks for the insight. While Colaiuta has spent countless hours practicing, transcribing, and studying other great drummers, he has learned the ability to restrain himself from using his tremendous skills inappropriately. He has the uncanny ability to blend into most any musical situation yet always creates something new and interesting with his phenomenal skills.
Frank Zappaodd groupingstranscriptionsVinnie Colaiuta. I do play all of the technical things on the site, but almost never play the transcriptions. Parts of this solo are played as notated, other phrases are slightly slurred, due to the different stickings transcrpition uses to create these patterns.
For me they're a listening exercise-- I always say I get more out of them than anyone else. Tuesday, May 19, Transcription: Every track has smart and powerful drumming, with enough impressive double bass work to satisfy the hardcore among us.
Take a cheerful synth-laden pop tune, throw a completely off-the-wall fill into the middle of it, and you have a perfect Vinnie moment.
How often does he deviate from just playing snare, bass, and hihat? The tempo is slow, and the groove is ridiculously deep.
And mundane stuff like how varied is the time feel? The first has a polyrhythmic feel of six over eight, created by accenting every sixth thirty-second-note in this run. Notice how his thirty-second-note bass drum ruffs and short fills add lift without cluttering up the groove.
This break is not only a great example of testosterone-fueled drumming, but is an incredibly difficult passage to play anywhere near the tempo at which Colaiuta rips it. It's not beyond me technically, and I could work up the individual licks in short order-- playing the thing all the way through, like an etude, is a ridiculous amount of work, and not what I do.
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Check out the way his hi-hat bounces around the backbeats. Cloaiuta cymbal pattern is similar to the timbale break shown in the Wishful Thinking transcription, though it starts in a different place.
Colaiuta makes it all sound as challenging as a walk in the park. He plays some broken flams grace note on one surface, main note on another for another interesting texture.