Memories of Kim Plainfield

Master drummer and educator Kim Plainfield suddenly passed away at the age of 63. In addition to his passion for teaching, Kim’s playing career spanned many years including gigs with Jon Lucien and The Pointer Sisters. Kim’s departure from this world is a huge loss for so many people he inspired.

I had the pleasure of studying with Kim while I was at The Collective in the early 2000s. One of my first impressions of Kim was his ability to authentically play any style of music while servicing the song. Kim was not a big fan of flashy chops and he really stressed that no matter what style of music we were playing that we played in service to the song.

Kim seemed to favor anything with a latin edge and modern feel and had great taste in tunes. He would have us learn pretty advance tunes such as Carribbean Jazz Projects’s Stolen Moments. Weather Report’s Mysterious Traveler was another tune Kim had us shed.

Kim had a knack for motivating his students. He would set individual goals with each student and stay on top of us. Kim was honest and sometimes tough. I remember I had some rudimental work to catch up on as well as getting my quarter note swing together.  Kim was highly motivated to get all his students prepared for any type of work.

Below is a video of Kim playing  at Drummer’s Collective 25th anniversary show in 2002 with Bob Quaranta and Leo Traversa. My condolences go out to Kim’s family and close friends.

Building Grooves Using 3-16 Hi-Hats (FREE PDF)

These exercises, which utilize 3-16 hi-hat accents, will help build your polymetric groove vocabulary. We’ll start with playing the hi-hat accents against a quarter note to get familiar with the three measure phrase–notice the 4 against 3 pattern. Then we’ll mix in the measure positions with 16th notes on the hats and snare drum backbeats in order to create more usable grooves. Enjoy!

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Outside Pedestrian, jazz trio

Workshop and Clinic at The Drum Lab on Sunday 10-9-2016

My band Outside Pedestrian is returning to The Drum Lab in Laguna Hills, CA! We will be reprising our jazz clinic and workshop from last year. From 4-5pm, we will be presenting a clinic in which we will perform and discuss several of our compositions and standards. From 5pm-7pm, workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform a selected standard with the band and receive feedback.

Reservations with Deposit Recommended – Contact The Drum Lab (949) 460-0054 for more information. Check out the highlights from last year’s clinic.

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3-16 kick drum grooves

Building 3-16 Kick Drum Grooves

These exercises, which utilize 3-16 kick drum patterns (dotted 8ths), will help build your polymetric groove vocabulary. We’ll start with playing just the kick drum pattern against a quarter note to get familiar with the three measure phrase–notice the 4 against 3 polyrhythm. Then we’ll mix in the measure positions with 8th notes on the hats and snare drum backbeats in order to create more usable grooves. Enjoy!
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