Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen Artist Page For Alex Cohen: NYC/PA Writer, Producer, Drummer, and Artist.
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Alex Cohen is perhaps one of NYC's most prolific (for better or worse) session drummers, having worked alongside artists ranging from Mac Miller to Malignancy. He also writes lessons and interviews for Drumhead and Sick Drummer Magazines. Alex holds a degree in Jazz Performance from NYU, and runs Solitude Studios, a high-end recording facility located in Carversville, PA.

04/23/2020

Flipping Latin rhythms to a left-handed kit is really difficult for me. Here’s a Jason Gianni exercise that he gave me over a decade ago, (2/3 Son clave, against tumbao, against cascara, and then improv) done on a left-handed kit. Not easy! https://hudsonmusic.com/product/ultimate-progressive-drumming/

04/22/2020

Ultimate Progressive Drumming with some Latin rhythms. Before anyone tells me how terrible my Latin feel is, I’M JUST USING THIS AS AN EXERCISE. I would never claim to know how to be an authentic Latin drummer. Cascara in the left foot, Mambo in the left hand, and a grouping of 3 in the right side. https://hudsonmusic.com/product/ultimate-progressive-drumming/

Wow, my book has been selling quite well during this quarantine. Guess it's helping people pass the time with some conce...
04/15/2020
Ultimate Progressive Drumming

Wow, my book has been selling quite well during this quarantine. Guess it's helping people pass the time with some conceptual and physical drumming concepts! Check out the link here to pick up a copy, and I'll be giving some more online 'mini-lessons' in the next few days!
https://hudsonmusic.com/product/ultimate-progressive-drumming/

A book/video package that pushes the boundaries of drum independence and technical complexity.

04/14/2020

Hybrid Rudiments on the Daniel Hemmerich pad. Here are some ‘Shirley Murphy’s’, or RLLRRRLRRLLL

04/14/2020
Drum Talk TV

Thanks as always to Drum Talk TV for sharing this. It’s one of the first videos I made when I really felt like this material had become decent enough to share...

Only a drummer's brain can do this, right? Here's Alex Cohen with a Paradiddle on the left side with a backbeat accent on the ‘2 and 4’ with contrasting melodic solo phrases in the right. He has a really cool new book out: “Ultimate Progressive Drumming,” right here: http://bit.ly/AlexCohen-UlimateProgressiveDrumming It includes 60 pages of exercises and transcriptions. It also comes with over 50 minutes of video lesson footage. It's for advanced players looking to improve their core skills and then take those skills to a far higher level. Three big takeaways are:

-Brand new systems utilizing hybrid rudimental combinations to create melodic and musical ostinato phrasing.
-Micro-timing and ambidexterity exercises to get your weaker limbs and internal clock as strong as they can be.
-Exercises to develop musical applications and vocabulary for extremely advanced soloing and ostinato playing.

The book has been hailed as 'Madness in the form of rhythm' by Derek Roddy, 'Truly a necessity for any drummer looking to improve their skill level. This book is one of a kind' by Scott Pellegrom, 'Inspiring and challenging' by Charley Drayton, and 'In a class of his own' by Jonathan Mover, 'Ultimate Progressive Drumming' is a book that pushes drummers both technically and musically by working from a foundational perspective up through groundbreaking new exercises and independence systems. There are testimonials from drummers who have played with such artists as Allan Holdsworth, King Crimson Projekt, Adrian Belew Trio, YoYo Ma, Elton John, Joe Satriani and more:

• Alex inspires and challenges us on a few different levels with this new exciting material! As a professional working musician, practice has sometimes been a stumbling block for me. There is no way around practicing. Setting goals is essential for advancing all levels of our musicality, independence, and creative expression. I have studied published material in the past, but have not been as eager to engage myself in these methods that Alex has created for us to explore. No, it is not for beginners, yet Alex is clear and thorough in guiding us through the exercises he has composed. I look forward to elevating my preparation ritual with Ultimate Progressive Drumming.– Charley Drayton (Keith Richards, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Mariah Carey)

• Alex Cohen is as intelligent and articulate as his drumming, which is what makes this not just another book of exercises. Having seen my fair share of students come and go over the years, Alex is in a class of his own and the perfect example that practice pays off. Whether you’re looking to build your chops, refine technique, expand your vocabulary or perfect a practice routine, “Ultimate Progressive Drumming” will give you the tools and platform to do all of that and more.– Jonathan Mover (Joe Satriani, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Fuel, Shakira)

• I have always known Alex to be a drummer beyond my level of comprehension. This past year I had the pleasure and honor of watching Alex develop the concepts in this book to an incredible level. The exercises will strengthen all your limbs and make your brain think in a completely different way. It’s an absolute necessity for every drummer, and an insight into the genius mind of Alex Cohen. I’m happy to call him my friend.– Tobias Ralph (Duncan Sheik, King Crimson Projekt, Adrian Belew Trio)

• I had the pleasure of teaching Alex about 10 years ago. He’s a hard-working, humble, and overall great person. The material he’s written here is proof that he is pushing the boundaries of the drum set. These exercise and concepts are for anyone who has a love of pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone. They will 100% open you up as a drummer and make you a better player. Thanks Alex for this important contribution to the history of the drum set.– Dan Weiss (Chris Potter, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Starebaby)

• “With a new breed of drummers ever pushing the boundaries of what is possible with four-way independence, there is a growing need for instructional books to help show the way forward for the serious student. I am confident that Alex’s challenging and thoughtfully written work will lead the field in the years to come. Highly recommended!”– Steven Michaud (Allan Holdsworth, Clinician and Teacher) this important contribution to the history of the drum set.– Dan Weiss (Chris Potter, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Starebaby) nni (Ultimate Queen Celebration, Drummer’s Collective and University of the Arts faculty)

• Alex Cohen’s new book, “Ultimate Progressive Drumming”, came to fruition from a life dedicated to music and the drum set. It’s a must have for any modern percussionist who wants to explore his beautiful melodic approach and revolutionary concepts.– John Hadfield (Saturday Night Live Band, Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble)

• From the very first pages this book opened my eyes to not only the physical realms of drumming, but also the advanced head space needed to grow into becoming a phenomenal drummer. Truly a necessity for any drummer looking to take their playing to the next level. This book is one of a kind.– Scott Pellegrom (Clinician and Teacher)

• Cohen‘s book is a must have for any ambitious drummer looking for a challenge. Focusing on limb independence, four-way coordination, beat displacement and more, this well thought out and comprehensive guide will take your drumming to the next level and beyond.– Ray Levier

• “This book makes me feel like I’m starting to learn how to play all over again”– Billy Rymer (Dillinger Escape Plan)

04/13/2020

The hybrid rudiment ‘Book Reports’ on the Damiel Hemmerich pad. This one requires A LOT of control...

04/10/2020

Preview of Them Double Drummer Effect’, which is the idea behind my second book that’s almost complete. The idea is to simulate 2 drummers playing at once. Still a little rough, but check it out!

04/08/2020

Pete Drummond and I have now embarked on a project where (even though we’re on two opposite sides of the world) we do two hours of practice together every day now. It’s inspiring, to say the least! So here’s something we worked on yesterday. Pataflafla in the feet, Paradiddle in the hands as quintuplets, and all left lead!

04/06/2020

So my good buddy Ray LeVier invited me to the group Gary Chaffee Patterns. Here’s a Chaffee linear pattern in the left side against a 5 in the right. Looking forward to expanding on this idea more!

04/06/2020

Extremely excited to announce that one of our new Murderhands Online! admins is the great Pete Drummond! I can't wait to practice his material as well!

04/02/2020

Promised @cbradiodrums I’d do a demonstration of this. Linear 4s as RLRF LRLF on a lefty kit at 120 and then 240.

03/31/2020

Quarantine means I’m clocking in A TON of hours behind the set. I certainly couldn’t do this one two weeks ago. Quintuplets between left hand and left foot, septuplets between right and right. Certainly new territory for me.

Daniel Hemmerich is making, in my humble opinion, the best practice pads ever.  I’ll stream on this beauty tomorrow.
03/30/2020

Daniel Hemmerich is making, in my humble opinion, the best practice pads ever. I’ll stream on this beauty tomorrow.

03/30/2020

The adult version of the Tooth Fairy is most definitely the ‘Hangover Fairy’, which pays a visit after most birthdays. BUT, that’s no excuse to not practice. Working advanced, left-handed polyrhythms. It’s an 11-tuplet over 5 in the left foot and 4 in the right. Hard to hear, but #quaratinelife

03/28/2020

Left-handed kit playing finally paying off! 8-beat phrase in the feet (left-rough is hard), and then a series of challenging, ambidextrous phrases. Sloppy, but practice is progress!

03/27/2020

Today we’re dealing with septuplets in Murderhands Online!. Okay, here is a groove in 4, with Deviled Eggs (Hybrid rudiment of RRLLRRRLLRRLLL) layered as septuplets in the feet, and all left lead! Check the link below if you want to learn some more of this material... https://hudsonmusic.com/product/ultimate-progressive-drumming/

03/26/2020

Still practicing though. Let’s talk quintuplets. This is easily one of the harder things I’ve done recently, where the left side plays quintuplets, and the right side plays a Paradiddle as 8th notes. It somehow locks in. As usual, check the link below for my book that will teach this material. https://hudsonmusic.com/product/ultimate-progressive-drumming/

03/24/2020

So I’m actually fairly close to ambidextrous, and it’s getting better from all this practice during quarantine. Here are singles in the left side, to doubles as triplets, then to 3s as 16ths. Doubles at 210 and 3s at 280 are both quite challenging with your weaker limbs!

03/23/2020

Another one of my ‘mini lessons’ in support of ‘Ultimate Progressive Drumming’. Accent displacements of 3/4 voiced as 3/2 over 5 in the feet. Sorry it’s on pads, but that’s quarantine for you. Here’s the book link below: https://hudsonmusic.com/product/ultimate-progressive-drumming/

03/21/2020

More musings from @jscottdrummer and I. I’m liking these odd phrases, and have found they have a cool flow when executed correctly. I’m working on a thirteentuplet over 2, and then 4 beats. Not 100%, but progress in the time of Coronavirus.

03/20/2020

Next Murderhands stream tomorrow at 3!

03/19/2020

So, in light of the unfortunate circumstances, I’ll now be holed up in my drum studio for quite some time. Well, no better time to record than now! More loops, and this time based off The Winstons’ ‘Amen Brother’. Message me if anyone would like some drums done!

03/18/2020

Will be doing another Murderhands stream at 3 PM today so our West Coast friends can join! Tune in!

03/15/2020

More ideas from ‘Corona Coping’. Here’s an 11-tuplet full based off of something I that I saw my buddy @jscottdrummer do. Sorry it’s on pads, but I’m cooped up in an apartment currently and have volume constraints.

03/14/2020

I’m going to be documenting all of this ‘Coronavirus Coping’ practice. Let’s keep the polyrhythms rolling with a Paradiddle in the left side against a septuplet in the right. Surprisingly, this kind of grooves!

03/13/2020

Hey all, so the (relatively) good news is that I’m still offering Skype lessons for any and all who are interested!

03/13/2020

Okay, the Coronavirus means a lot more time and motivation for grinding, serious practice. Here’s a really good physical and mental workout. The left hand plays a group in 8, the right plays a 3, and all over inverted doubles as quarter notes. At high tempos, this is an epic independence and hand exercise.

03/11/2020

I’ll be debuting some of this new material at upcoming masterclasses. It’ll be part of my second book called ‘The Double Drummer Effect’. Here you grab a cymbal with your left hand within a grouping of 3, and then improvise with your right side, hence giving the ‘double drummer’ illusion...

03/11/2020

Hey all, I’ll be giving a Masterclass on March 23rd as a precursor to some very cool stuff coming this summer. Please come by and give me some feedback on my teaching methods! Thanks so much to Carlo Minchillo and Brooklyn Drum Collective for their support!

03/09/2020

Using my Jazz Degree for more than just a wall ornament. I’ve always loved these cross-stick rudiments ever since Dan Weiss had me transcribe Philly Joe Jones solos year ago, so I’m going to start working this material into my playing more...

03/07/2020

Recording some loops today. Being able to record this type of material is more important than any chop you’ll ever learn!

03/06/2020

Preparing for some pretty major stuff coming up, so I need some new material. These 4-note patterns (and then RLLL) are quite difficult at fast tempos. Soloing under them in the feet then adds a whole new layer of difficulty.

Twenty books went fast, so here’s another twenty!  Message me if you’d like one shipped to you!
03/05/2020

Twenty books went fast, so here’s another twenty! Message me if you’d like one shipped to you!

03/04/2020

Okay, so the reason for that last post was due to some new tech I’m working on that is EXTREMELY difficult. The goal is to alternate 3s between your limbs at higher tempos, and then solo over them. The 3s in the feet are really challenging me, as is the independence.

03/02/2020

Paradiddle in the left hand/right foot vs a 5 in the right hand/left foot. Basically turning around all those independence exercises I did years ago, and this was EXTREMELY difficult. There’s probably a mistake in here, but that’s what practice is for!

03/01/2020

My friends from Symfinity called me to fill in for their new music video. The stool was broken, so I’m wearing a crown and sitting on a folding chair.

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Alex Cohen is perhaps one of NYC's most prolific (for better or worse) session drummers, having worked alongside artists ranging from Mac Miller to Malignancy. He also writes lessons and interviews for Drumhead and Sick Drummer Magazines. Alex holds a degree in Jazz Performance from NYU, and runs Solitude Studios, a high-end recording facility located in Carversville, PA. Please message me here for recording, teaching, and performing inquiries!

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