Music Education Monday: A lesson from Peter Erskine on playing with brushes


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Today for Music Education Monday, you can get a video lesson from famed drummer Peter Erskine on “Playing Brushes With All Styles Of Music."

First gaining wide attention in the mid-1970s as a member of Stan Kenton's big band, Erskine (pictured) can be heard on more than 600 albums encompassing styles including jazz, funk, rock, pop and more.

He has performed and/or recorded with headliners such as Weather Report, Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Steps Ahead, Kate Bush, and many others, and also has released 20 albums as a leader, including two- Dr. Um and Side Man Blue- this year. When not touring or recording, Erskine also teaches at the the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

In this video recorded for, Erskine talks about basic brush techniques, and how to apply them to many different styles of music.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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