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The Commandments of R & B Drumming
This review is a revision of my original one written covering both Zoro's book and DVD, The Commandments of R&B Drumming. The reviews have also been separated.
The author of R&B drumming grew up listening to R&B music in South Central Los Angeles. He's been playing drums professionally for 20 years.
When I first heard his name Zoro the drummer I must admit, the first thing I wanted to know was "Where's the mask?" I also wondered if he played drums with little sword-shaped sticks. But hey, with a nickname like Tiger Bill, who am I to talk? I recently had the chance to hang with and perform with Zoro at a PAS Day of Percussion and the truth is that Zoro is one together dude who has poured his vast knowledge of R&B into this project.
Three Times the Fun
Chapter One: The SOUL Era
Zoro intersperses historical info on the evolution of Soul along with actual musical examples of classic R&B songs played by Zoro and an all-star band. In addition, Zoro discusses and demonstrates some of the finer aspects of what it takes to become an effective Soul drummer.
You'll learn the importance of touch and sensitivity, how the pros apply ghost notes, the "Train" groove, Buzz strokes, how to master the shuffle (including a rare "lost" shuffle), and more.
Zoro intersperses historical info on the major songs and drummers of the era along with actual performances of classic hits. You'll also learn what makes up Funk and, as Zoro defines it, anti-Funk, how to play unison eighth-notes, Zoro's favorite Hi-Hat licks, and more.
Chapter Three: The HIP-HOP Era
As far as the instructional portion goes, you'll learn why you should be able to emulate a drum machine, how to approach playing with a click track, how to apply right hand swing patterns to your kick drum, Zoro's favorite Hi-Hat triplets, some challenging 16th - 32nd - 64th note kick drum patterns, and more.
Bottom Line: Are You a True Believer?
Zoro knows his R&B drumming and he knows how to get his message across (even without the sword and mask). I also applaud his stand on drugs as he says, "Drugs are only a path for destruction, they cannot promote success; only practice, hard work, and persistence can do that." I couldn't agree more.
I can tell that Zoro has put a lot of hard work into the production of his Commandments of R&B Drumming book/CD and DVD. In preparing for this review I've spent some time with his commandments, and he's made a true believer out of me. Study them for a while and I'm sure he'll make a believer out of you too.
The Commandments of R&B Drumming DVD retails for $39.95, a bargain considering all of the valuable information that it provides. But you can find it at an even better bargain on the Web:
Until next time: Stay loose.
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