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Drum Set Crash Course
By Russ Miller
Book with CD
The drummers that are most in demand - and making the most money - have one thing in common: Mastery of musical styles. (See There's Gold in Them Thar' Rhythms!) But trying to learn unfamiliar musical styles isn't easy. It often takes years of trial and error before you can develop the proper feel to play unfamiliar musical styles like a pro.
Enter The Drum Set Crash Course, a DVD from Alfred Publishing. They say it "offers a very comprehensive all-in-one drum set learning system." It sounded good to me so I decided to check it out.
The book is the brainchild of author/drummer Russ Miller. Russ has worked with a wide range of artists including The Fifth Dimension, Debbie Gibson, The Bee Gees, Ray Charles, Jon Secada, Nestor Torres, Slash, and many others. Because of this experience, Russ has been able to boil down each musical style into several essential and easy-to-learn lessons. The DVD, which I cover first, is divided into four major sections.
Section 1: Developing Your Musicianship
Developing Your Feel
Section 2: Developing Your Physical Ability
This is another great learning tool and one that is repeated throughout the video. (I especially like the video inset of Miller's bass drum foot, which helps the student concentrate on what's happening with each limb.)
Section 3: The "Crash Course" Format
What makes the video so effective, is the way each beat is broken down into five sections:
Following each musical style is a "play-along" section. Here you can practice what you've learned, as you play along with Russ.
Section 4: The "Casual" Date
The video concludes with Miller playing a solo over the ending credits. The neat part about this is that he's playing on the bare essentials: Hi-hat, snare, kick drum, and cymbals. And he's playin' some nice stuff.
Too many drummers think a drummer's talent coincides with the number of drums he or she uses. But it's actually the opposite. It takes much more talent to sound "good" using just the bare essentials.
The Books: The Drum Set Crash Course and Transitions
Bottom Line: Should You Buy Them?
I would also recommend the book/CD, as the extensive listing of recommended reference recordings is alone worth its price of $24.95. And, as a bonus, you'll get two versions of each of the play-along songs, one minus the drums for your practice. Although the video and book/CD together will cost you about $55.00, consider the price of one drum lesson with a good teacher and you'll realize that it's a bargain. And, when purchased at online, they will cost you even less.
Purchase the book and CD at a considerable discount online:
Purchase the DVD at a considerable discount online:
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