Max Roach "Daahoud"



Do you like Max Roach?

His style could appear hard, fast and impossible to understand...I will teach you that it is not!

Learn it note by note...

Daahoud is one of the most popular song by Clifford Brown.

In this course I will carry you inside the mind of the great Max Roach.

During the lessons we'll analyze every stroke, rudiment, coordination issues in order to learn the complete solo by heart!

My experience

Ever since I started studying jazz I realized how relevant the so-called “vocabulary” was. All the teachers with whom I had a chance to study during my stay in New York (John Riley, Ari Hoenig, Quincy Davis, Greg Hutchinson) told me how important it was, in jazz music, to understand, acquire and embrace certain conventions, rhythms and phrases. The great jazzmen of the past undoubtedly invented a new language, which they then further developed by making it more complex and even, at times, defragmenting and deconstructing it almost to the limits of comprehensibility. It’s a world where the more you explore the more you discover new ideas, music inspirations, surprises and analogies. From this premise it’s only natural to think that, in order to understand a language, you have to first listen to it carefully and try to imitate it, and then learn its vocabulary and grammar.

What will you learn from my course?

Slowing down is the key! The course is divided in 8 lessons. For each lesson you will learn 4 bars solo from slow to fast.

With a super accurate analysis you'll be able to play it entirely by heart in short time.

Why should you choose my course?

“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

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The Style of Max Roach

  First A section
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Born in 1985, Ruben Bellavia is a very versatile drummer on the Italian musical scene. After getting his Bachelor Degree in Classical Percussions at the Conservatory in Torino he started studying jazz drumming seriously.

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

Since 2009 he's been working with some of the most influential musicians on the italian and international jazz scene such as Randy Brecker, Antonio Faraò, Chad Lefkowitz Brown and Fabrizio Bosso.

In 2016 he has been ranked in the top 10 of Italian Jazz Drummers from the readers pool of the Jazzit Magazine.