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Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine has always been one of my favorite drummers, so it was a pleasure to transcribe his comping from the opening 4-bars of Joni Mitchell's "I Wish I Were In Love Again" (Both Sides Now).

You can see/hear how Peter makes use of 4-way coordination; bass drum, snare, ride cymbal and hi-hat (foot). Notice the quarter-note pulse in the ride cymbal which propels the band along while the other voices of the drumkit interplay, creating the swung jazz feel. Observe Peter's phrasing and touch as you listen to the sample clip. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

Peter Erskine - Solo Lick
"I Wish I Were In Love Again" - Joni Mitchell

Bart Elliott

Bart Elliott is a degreed professional musician currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. His 39+ years in the music industry, over 100 albums to his credit, as well as his understanding of contemporary and classical music, makes him a complete and skilled master musician. A highly sought after drummer and percussionist, both live and in the studio, Bart is widely known as a top music educator, consultant and gifted teacher, appearing as a guest artist and clinician throughout the USA and abroad.

Bart Elliott is the founder and sole proprietor of DrummerCafe.com (f/k/a Drum Ring International) — established in December 1996.