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Beyond The Chops:
Groove, Musicality, & Technique
By Aaron Spears
Aaron Spears, drummer with the American Idol Tour and R&B artist Usher, offers both performances and educational segments on this DVD, which includes an interview by Jojo Mayer.
Let's check it out.
Disc One: Master Class - In front of a group of students, Aaron performs a song in each of the following styles along with a discussion of the techniques involved in performing each one in an authentic manner: Gospel, Shuffle, Motown, Hip-Hop, Rock, and Odd Time.
Disc Two: Mainly consists of an Interview with Aaron Spears by Jojo Mayer. The first part covers Concepts and Background while in the second part, Jojo gets Aaron behind the drumset and asks him to demonstrate everything from his concept of grooving while playing with the greats on stage under pressure to fills to developing a sense of time to conceiving ideas to Aarons's practice methods, dynamics, modern beats, technique, and soloing.
Beyond The Chops: The Bottom Line
In addition to the 2-disc DVD, you get access to a PDF e-book that contains written notation covering many of Aaron's grooves as performed on the video.
While a good value at a retail price of $39.95, this DVD set is available online at a discount. Click on the link in the right-column sidebar for details.
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