Who is the video course for?

What are the foundations and origins of groove? How do you handle very slow and very fast tempos on the drums? Would you like to develop or improve your jazz drum phrasing?

If you've asked yourself these questions and are looking for a drum method built on the historical evolution of jazz, "From straight to organic" by Tony Arco is the right video course for you!

Embark on a journey to discover the origins of jazz drumming: starting from the study of the rudiments, you will learn the secrets behind the development of jazz phrasing, accompanied by the precious advice of Maestro Arco.

The main topics covered are:
- the origins of the drums
- the art of consistency, both when comping and soloing
- the use of brushes
- the importance of groove
- management of extreme tempos (very slow, very fast)
- the development of phrasing

The course is suitable for drummers and all musicians who want to deepen the rhythmic aspect of music, a fundamental pillar of jazz.

Included in the course

Over 3 hours of class time

Practical examples
PDF with exercises and transcripts
Certificate of attendance
Yours to keep forever

the master's advice

“…. In this video course, the topic covered will be explored through a precise protocol which, with a philological approach, takes into consideration all aspects of jazz time and its various inflections, from its origins to the contemporary.

The teaching material will be based on many specific exercises and routines, which summarize and integrate some of the secrets of "niche" teaching.

The mechanical approach of Freddy Gruber, the semantic analysis of Bob Moses and the phrasing techniques of Gary Chaffee and Alan Dawson are integrated here in a unique and unprecedented method, through the filter of Tony Arco's very long experience as a performer and teacher. and his long list of performances in bands and combos of all kinds and sizes…..”


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Steve Smith
Steve Smith
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“Tony is a fantastic jazz drummer and a true student of the drumset. We find we have a lot in common and much to talk about. Tony studied in Boston with both Gary Chaffee and Alan Dawson, two teachers that I studied with in the early 70s. He also studied with Bob Moses, which I wanted to hear about, and I studied with Freddie Gruber, which Tony wanted to hear about. We talked for hours. His is playing is swinging, and his chops are very strong: both his hands and feet! I found his ideas interesting; they are based on the jazz tradition and he’s accomplished what all good musicians want to do, created his own vocabulary out of the raw materials that have been passed down through the generations.”
Dave Weckl
Dave Weckl
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“I love Tony’s passionate, musical approach to playing the drums … He’s a true ‘student of the instrument’, constantly looking forward while respecting the history. I always enjoy spending ‘drum time’ with him and listening to him play.”
Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
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“My being fortunate enough to perform with Tony in Italy was like finding an exotic flower in the desert”. “I look forward to being blessed to perform with Tony again in the future”.
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
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“Tony Arco is one of the best drummers around, anywhere on the planet and one of my all time favorites.”
Tullio De Piscopo
Tullio De Piscopo
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“Devo dire di aver seguito costantemente e sempre con molta soddisfazione la brillante carriera di Tony, sia direttamente, fin dai primi anni ’80 quando studiava con me, sia in seguito, da lontano, quando a Boston lavorava duramente per trovare il suo stile, il suo suono e la sua strada. Come un figlio che non ha deluso le aspettative ho visto e vedo Tony muoversi nel circuito professionistico e della didattica, lo osservo raggiungere eccellenti risultati nel drumming, fino a specializzarsi nel modo di portare lo swing nelle grandi orchestre e nelle Big Band Jazz. Vai Antonio !! Alla grande……….”
Bob Moses
Bob Moses
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“Over many years I’ve watched Tony Arco, my brother in Sacred Sound Healing, evolve into becoming a deep visionary percussion master. He is a wise highly sensitive being with great heart, open to the ever expanding creative possibilities in life and music. It’s an honor and a blessing to know him as a dear friend and musical collaborator”. Love Always Hu
Marcello Nisi
Marcello Nisi
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Sono arrivato alla “Danza della bacchetta” che sto rivedendo per la terza volta perché di notevole interesse
Nicola D'amico
Nicola D'amico
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Buongiorno Maestro, Le sue lezioni sono come delle chiavi che aprono le porte di un club esclusivo in cui dentro ci sono tutti i più grandi batteristi del mondo!


1.1 The syncopated march
1.2 The roll dance
1.3 The “one man show”

2.1 The pendulum swing
2.2 The Stick dance
2.3 “Dropping bombs” and the art of coherence
2.4 The use of brushes

3.1 The melodic use of the ride
3.2 Melodic Time: The drums as a single entity
3.3 Non independent drumming

4.1 Fundamentals, functions and origin of the Groove
4.2 “The (Bass) Drum Also Waltzes”, the dance of the lower limbs

5.1 Management of extreme tempos (very slow-very fast)

6.1 Development of phrasing
6.2 Introduction to “Free” drumming

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Born in Milan in 1965, Tony Arco began studying the instrument at the age of thirteen under the guidance of Maestro Lucchini. At sixteen he met Tullio De Piscopo with whom he established a deep bond of friendship that still exists today, and with which he will study until the age of twenty. The first professional experiences begin around the age of eighteen with various local groups, but the first important jazz engagement will be with the pianist Piero Bassini with whom he will often play at the "Capolinea" in Milan.

Other collaborations of that period include Sergio Fanni, Mario Rusca (with whom he still collaborates), but above all a character who will prove to be fundamental for his training as a jazz player, the great American clarinetist Tony Scott with whom Arco will play for a long time in Italy and abroad. In 1988, now fully integrated into the professional world, Arco (moved by an innate intellectual curiosity) nevertheless decided to abandon everything and leave for the United States where he will live for almost five years and where he will study with Gary Chaffee, Bob Moses and Alan Dawson.
In 1990 he became the drummer of the legendary "Wally's Jazz Club" in Boston where he plays in the groups of Roy Hargrove and Antonio Hart and with many other American musicians including John Medesky and George Garzone.

Concert collaborations include among others Mark Murphy, Bobby Watson, Kenny Barron, Charles Tolliver, Tony Scott, Dave Liebman, James Newton, Carl Anderson, Enrico Pieranunzi, Franco D'Andrea, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Franco Ambrosetti, Roberta Gambarini , Rachel Gould, Sarah Jane Morris, Bob Mover, Irio De Paula, Marcus Stockhausen, Gianluigi Trovesi, David Murray, Eddie Daniels, Luigi Bonafede, Joe Diorio, John Mosca, Evan Parker, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Phil Markovitz, James Cammack , Sonny Fortune, Jesse Davis, Rob Sudduth, Andrew Hill, Garrison Fewell, Red Holloway, Joe Fonda, Emil Richards, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Wheeler, Nnenna Freelon, Pat LaBarbera, Albert and Jimmy Heath.

E’ inoltre l’unico batterista in Europa ufficialmente autorizzato da Gary Chaffee ad insegnare i suoi sistemi.

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The instructional videos are designed for those who want to learn to improvise and deepen their jazz language. The video lessons cover the most important topics with Practical examples to improve in a practical and comprehensive way.

Each course, in addition to the technical insights specific to the instrument, covers general topics of harmony, rhythm and improvisation that are valid for every musician.

A trumpet player can listen to and transcribe piano solos to improve; a drummer can study the rhythm of trumpet players for creative insights.
Stay one step ahead and don't lock yourself into your instrument!

Whatever level you are at, the important thing is to understand the theoretical and practical approaches of established musicians.

Their ideas are important in getting to understand and discover your own sound. You will find the answers and new insights to help you on your path.

You never stop learning. Welcome to the club ;)

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