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.
An introduction to Afro-Cuban rhythms, including the history, traditional instruments and basic styles of Afro-Cuban music. The book explores the complexities of these various styles in a simple, understandable way. The companion audio is invaluable to anyone interested in adapting these rhythms to the drumset.
Learn the rhythms and techniques of Latin music with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. Includes instruction for congas, bongos, timbales, bass, piano and other instruments in the following styles: Mambo, Chachachá, Merengué and Afro-Cuban. 53 minutes.
The second edition of the best-selling original Groove Essentials features a book and CD package with 53 brand new grooves and over 100 variations for intermediate to advanced players. Students will learn the difference between ghost and grace notes (while being encouraged to experiment with both in all six groove “families”) as well as important “go-to” grooves, like the Train and Bo-Diddley beats. For more advanced players and professionals, GE 2.0 introduces the concepts of groove construction, interpretation and manipulation- training drummers to think like musicians in order to maximize their full potential. The companion play-Along book and CD contain over 90 tracks, including every song from the DVD in their full-length versions, minus the drums; allowing drummers to expand their skills by playing any of the grooves with a band and recording themselves on audio or video (optional) to help facilitate the learning process. These tracks also supply a variety of fill-in and soloing opportunities to challenge advanced players. In addition, the book features Igoe’s extended “global tours” that will test even the most seasoned professional’s chops, creativity and stamina and, as a “first of its kind” bonus, there is a full-length orchestral play-along track designed to provide a taste of playing in a full orchestra, complete with multiple moving tempos, dynamics and feels!
Tommy Igoe brings his 25 years of teaching and playing experience to bear, creating the first DVD for beginner drummers! He takes you on a journey that starts with taking a brand new drum set out of the box and gets you started making music right away. Setting Up Your Drums! (Part 1) is dedicated to understanding your new drums. All of your drums and hardware, along with Tommy’s unique “Power Square” concept, are covered in detail. Start Playing! (Part 2) will get you playing and having fun right away. Tommy takes you through the basics of how to hold your sticks and how to use your pedals. He even brings out some young students to help demonstrate some great grooves and fills that you can play right away. Special DVD Features allow you to select Tommy playing each of the grooves super slowly so you can really take your time to work everything out. Play-along versions of each one are included, so that you can start jamming and making music right away! 140 minutes.
A complete method for learning to play lead steel drum. World-renowned steel drum artist Othello Molineaux has developed a concise method for the novice or experienced musician. Perfect for individual study or classroom use, this method comes complete with an accompaniment CD and a full-size practice poster.
Challenging, demanding, musical and fun! This collection of 19 snare drum solos by world-renowned virtuoso John Pratt, author of the legendary 14 Modern Contest Solos , will set a new standard for rudimental snare drum soloing. Includes performance notes from Pratt, plus a foreword by Robin Engelman.
This unique series is designed to show the beginning hand drummer a fun and creative approach to playing immediately. In Step One, Brad Dutz covers how to develop a good sense of the beat, how to produce drum tones, and how to play a rhythm. Step Two presents in-depth instructions on the proper techniques for producing a variety of tones and sounds. In addition to presenting exercises to develop technique, this program also includes authentic rhythmic patterns from several diverse world cultures. Special DVD features include interactive drums from around the world, performance applications of education, fanga rhythm and frame drum performance, and printable worksheets.
In Volume I, Tomasito reveals the time-tested conga method which he himself studied with “Changuito” and other master congueros at the ENA conservatory in Havana. Volume I starts at the absolute beginning and is designed for the person who has never touched the congas, but is also of great value to the advanced player who wishes to understand the foundation and rudiments of the approach that has allowed the ENA and the other Havana conservatories to consistently turn out so many world class congueros each year.
Volume I begins with simple exercises to develop technique and systematically works its way through rudiments and recursos for use in solos and fills and basic rhythm patterns such as Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bolero. These are presented using the unique Step by Step DVD Method, which enables the student to learn the patterns by watching the DVD and imitating Tomasito as he builds the patterns stroke by stroke. This, combined with a special type of notation designed to be simple for those who don’t read music, results in a conga course that really works, rather than just another reference book to add to the bookshelf!