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Jazz Drum Basics 39$

All you need to know to start playing jazz.

It could be hard to approach jazz drumming. How many times have you given it up because of so much information that you didn't even know how to start? This is the course for you!


Papa Jo Jones drum solo transcription 20$

The complete score of one of the most exciting drum solos in history!


The Tony Williams Style (PRO) 49$

The ultimate guide to the Tony Williams drumming.

Have you ever had to deal with a drum transcription? Memorizing and transcribing is one of the most powerful way to learn a language.

This course goes beyond simple transcriptions, bringin' you exercises, examples and audio playalongs to improve your drumming starting from Tony Williams.


Ultimate Jazz Drum Transcription Pack 39$

A comprehensive collection of my transcriptions. It features Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Washington, Max Roach, Tony Williams, Art Blakey and Art Taylor for a total of 7 scores plus 3 extras of exercises.


The Style of Max Roach (INTERMEDIATE) 39$

The ultimate guide to the Style of Max Roach!

Have you ever had to deal with a drum transcription? Memorizing and transcribing is one of the most powerful way to learn a language.

This innovative method will let you learn the complete Max Roach solo in few steps! Using the slow down technology you will learn every stroke, note and licks of the Master Roach.







Ruben Bellavia | Tony Williams transcription


“I first saw Ruben's performance of “ Walkin’” on Facebook and was blown away by it on a few levels. The transcription alone is quite a task, then to expose Tony's language and rhythmic devices, but to then play along makes this an even greater accomplishment. If you close your eyes and listen, it's Tony playing along with himself! This is what happens when someone gets excited about something and then starts reaching. Very inspiring. Bravo e complimenti Ruben...!!!”

David Garibaldi

“I just watched a video of Ruben Bellavia playing, note for note, Tony Williams' performance in Miles Davis' Four and More. This is not only a labor of love, but an extremely difficult task. This recording has been a mainstay of my listening experience since the album came out in 1963 so I know it very well. That said, Ruben is not only totally accurate but he also was able to tune his drums to sound exactly like Tony Williams. I was amazed at how he copped Williams' cymbal feel, which I have heard many others try, unsuccessfully. This effort required diligence, knowledge, and artistry. Doing all of that, and then playing it with the right feel - well, that's just amazing.”

Mike Clark

“After contacting Ruben and receiving a copy of his transcription fully notated with articulations, mixed meters and accurate notation I realized that Ruben was no ordinary drummer. To possess the skills necessary to first of all, hear and then accurately notate the entire recording of walking is truly remarkable. There’re only a small number of people in the world who possess the kind of skills necessary to undertake a work like this and an even fewer number of those who would possess the patience to see it through to completion. (…) Ruben is not only remarkable for his technical and pedagogical skills but for his playing skills as well. To play a Tony Williams transcription and particularly one at this tempo note for note is a lofty goal indeed. Few have been able to do it and even fewer are able to do it with this level of accuracy. On Ruben’s YouTube video it is virtually impossible to distinguish between Tony’s sound and Ruben sound. This is a remarkable achievement”

John Ramsay

Born in 1985, Ruben Bellavia is a very versatile drummer on the Italian musical scene.

In 2017 he has been invited from the Berklee College of Music to present his innovative method of practicing inspired by Tony Williams.

After getting his Bachelor Degree in Classical Percussions at the Conservatory in Torino he started studying jazz drumming seriously. Since 2009 he's been working with some of the most influential musicians on the Italian and International jazz scene like Randy Brecker, Antonio Faraò, Fabrizio Bosso and Fabio Giachino. In 2011 the jazz trio leaded by the pianist Fabio Giachino (of which he is drummer) has been founded. Since then they have won several International prizes. In 2016 he has been ranked in the top 10 of Italian Jazz Drummers and in third position with the Fabio Giachino Trio in the band section from the readers pool of the Jazzit Magazine.