Max Roach – “The Drum Also Waltzes”

Posted by

home-icon

Transcription ~ Max Roach’s classic 3/4 solo.

Here’s a transcription of Max Roach’s opening solo track from his 1965 Drums Unlimited album.  Played in 3/4 over a consistent foot ostinato, there are no repeats. Max plays a repeated motif but it also varies. The one bar foot pattern consists of the bass drum on ‘1’, the high hat on ‘2’ and a rest on ‘3’. It remains virtually unchanged throughout. Get comfortable playing basic rolls and sticking patterns around the kit with the foot ostinato.

Max plays it fairly freely with some sections a little ambiguous and bit of a challenge to transcribe. I think septuplets and quintuplets from bars 160 are a fair interpretation. I’m open to any other suggestions or fixes.

And of course, swing the eighth notes.

Downloadable PDF’s ;
Max Roach – “The Drum Also Waltzes”

Max Roach The Drum Also Waltzes Transcription chart score notation Max Roach The Drum Also Waltzes Transcription chart score notation Max Roach The Drum Also Waltzes Transcription chart score notation Max Roach The Drum Also Waltzes Transcription chart score notation

 

One comment

  1. Hi Andrew. Thanks so much for posting the PDF of The Drum Also Waltzes, which marks an important development in the history of drumming, where solo work went from simply rudiment-based bashing and speed demos to far more musical areas.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s