Drum circles are not only a great way to have fun, reduce stress and meet people, but scientific research confirms that recreational drumming contributes measurably to overall health, wellness and workplace efficiency. In this unique DVD, noted author, music therapist, and drum circle facilitator Christine Stevens takes you inside the drum circle phenomenon. Whether you just want to get together with a few friends in your living room or learn how to guide dozens of people at a corporate retreat, conference or recreation center, The Art and Heart of Drum Circles will show you: basic techniques for hand drums and percussion * the eight most important cues for guiding drum circles * facilitation formats * how drum circles touch lives * the philosophy and research supporting recreational music for health and wellness * and much more. 1 hour, 33 minutes.
This text and CD package teaches timbales as played by the master percussionist Changuito. Topics include set-up, tuning, the clave, fills, independence exercises, listening recommendations, and a glossary of terms. Various styles are studied such as Danzon, Abanico, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo, Pilon, Mozambique, Merengsongo, Conga, 6/8 Rhythms, Timba, Songo, Laye, and Afro-Cuban. Examples on the CD are performed by Changuito.
Carmine’s award-winning book, now available with the DVD Ultimate Realistic Rock, The Basics. The DVD features instruction through selected exercises by Carmine Appice and special guests Kenny Aronoff, John Tempesta, Vinny Appice, Bobby Rondinelli, and Rick Gratton. Also includes 2 enhanced CDs that teach you all the lessons in the book.
Michael’s much-anticipated book, “Developing Modern Drumlines”, is now available! This book is a must-have for anyone interested in starting or teaching a marching percussion ensemble, whether it is a scholastic or independent indoor drumline, drum corps, or marching band. It provides step-by-step instruction from beginning to end, including numerous “insider tips” that come with years of experience in a variety of ensembles. Not only will these be indispensable to the band director or community leader with little exposure to the marching arts, they can help any organization look more professional and be more competitive. Topics include:
-history of the activity and instruments
-purchasing and maintaining equipment
-playing and marching technique
-exercises and music
-writing and arranging music
-performances and competitions
-directing the organization
…and much more!
Billy Martin, aka illy B, is a remarkable drummer, visual artist, and label owner who has successfully carved out his own musical path. As the organic beat-maker for Medeski, Martin & Wood, Martin has successfully blended world-music cultures in to his own unique style. In this book, Martin shows how the claves open up rhythmic subdivisions, substitutions, and a much wider vocabulary to draw upon than just playing static beats. Call them systems, bell patterns, or claves, but be assured that there is much freedom to be gained from learning to play these riddims.
Speed, endurance and rudimental manipulation are some of the most sought-after fundamentals of drumming. They are applicable to all percussive instruments and musical genres. From a simple paradiddle to the most complex rudiments,The Mad Practice Pad will help develop these tools with a straightforward and proven method. Michael Beauclerc has performed throughout North America with numerous artists and ensembles. His diversity as a percussionist makes him a first call performer as well as a busy instructor and clinician.
This beginning- to intermediate-level book contains hundreds of practical, usable beats and fills. It teaches how to apply a variety of patterns and grooves to the actual performance of songs. The CD includes demos and 14 play-along tracks covering rock, blues and pop styles, with detailed instructions on how to create exciting, solid drum parts. It’s the most realistic and fun! way to learn drums.
This book and two CD package is a must for all drummers wanting to explore the world of electronically produced Jungle/Drum ‘n’ Bass grooves! If you are new to Jungle, it will open the door to new grooves, loops, and sounds on the acoustic drumset. It also provides a wealth of exercises, transcriptions, and sound applications to achieve the feel and style of these futuristic beats. The two CDs include exercise examples from each chapter, basic electronics, and seven original play-along groove loops.
The acknowledged master of African drumming, Babatunde Olatunji, presents essential techniques, rhythmic patterns and concepts for drummers of all levels. The spiritual powers of ‘the drum’ and drumming are the focus of this video. Inspiring lessons and performances will expand anyone’s playing on the Ashiko, Djembe and related drums.
In 1942, Buddy Rich collaborated with Henry Adler, publishing Buddy Rich’s Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments. It is known today as “the drummer’s bible.” In 2005, Ted MacKenzie revised the classic snare drum book and, with Henry Adler’s blessing, revealed the method behind the book. In this book, Ted takes Buddy’s rudiments from the original book and carefully applies them to the drum set. There is no favoring of the downbeat in any of the rudiments, allowing the student to gain confidence and control while developing a natural vocabulary around the kit. Combined with MacKenzie’s The Ultimate Drummer’s Workout DVD, this comprehensive program is the fastest, most efficient study ever put together for gaining proficiency and fluidity around the kit.
The definitive book on bop drumming — a style that is both the turning point and the cornerstone of contemporary music’s development. This comprehensive book and audio presentation covers time playing, comping, soloing, brushes, more jazz essentials, and charts in an entertaining mix of text, music, and pertinent quotes.
Giovanni Hidalgo is the leading conguero of our time. His diverse recording and touring credits include Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Valentin and Mickey Hart. On this masterful program, he introduces basic sounds, tuning and technique, patterns of son montuno, bolero, charanga, danzón and multi-percussion applications of those forms. Special DVD features include legendary performances from Karl Perazzo and Giovanni Hidalgo/Changuito, interactive drums from around the world, a glossary of Latin percussion terms, and a section on tuning/maintenance.