Steve Smith "Drumset Technique/History of the U.S. Beat" is a brilliant, entertaining and educational resource by one of the world’s most respected and influential drum artists. The double DVD is a virtual encyclopedia of drumming techniques and concepts - featuring state-of-the-art audio and video as well as special features, including a camera switching option, alternate takes, listening and reading lists and commentary tracks by "professor" Smith, himself.
On Disc One: Drumset Technique (2 Hours 35 Min), Steve breaks down his legendary hand and foot technique in unprecedented detail and gets to the core of what drummers want to know about improving their technique and feel. Chapters include: Hand Technique, Foot Technique, The Art Of Practice, Exercises, Licks and Phrases, Independence/Interdependence, Implied Metric Modulations and Four Solo Drum Pieces
On Disc Two: History of the U.S. Beat (1 Hour 30 Min), Steve explains the origins and evolution of the "U.S. Beat", demonstrates its connection to contemporary music and performs a 70-minute set with Vital Information and an all-star band while explaining many of the complex rhythmic concepts that he uses in the music. Featured musicians are Frank Gambale (guitar), Tom Coster (keyboards), Baron Browne (electric bass), Mark Soskin (piano), Steve Marcus (sax), and Mike Pope (acoustic bass). Chapters include: Ragtime, Blues, Early New Orleans Jazz, Big Band, Bebop, Gospel, R&B, Rock, Funk, Country and Jazz/Rock.
Available at leading drumshops and music stores, the two-disc DVD set is produced and directed by Rob Wallis and Paul Siegel and carries an MSRP of $49.95. Hudson Music Videos, DVD’s , books and CD’s are distributed by the Hal Leonard Corp. and are available at leading music retailers or from Hudson Music; 1-888-796-2992, fax 914-246-5282 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Hudson online at www.hudsonmusic.com. For dealer information please contact Hal Leonard Publications, 7777 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53213, tel: 414-774-3630, fax: 414-774-3259, www.halleonard.com.