Drumset Technique and History of the U.S. Beat

The most in-depth study of drumming technique ever done on video or DVD as well as a thorough and fascinating survey of the evolution of the primary drum set pulse in the music or the U.S., from Ragtime to Fusion.

Now Available individually via Instant Download! You can choose one or both programs – Drumset Technique or History of the US Beat!

Voted #1 DVD in the Modern Drummer Magazine 2003 Readers Poll!

Steve Smith presents the most in-depth study of drumming technique ever done on video or DVD as well as a thorough and fascinating survey of the evolution of the primary drum set pulse in the music or the U.S., from Ragtime to Fusion.Features two bands, including the great Vital Information, this DVD is a virtual encyclopedia of drumset techniques, concepts and styles.

Disc One: Drumset Technique Breaks down and explains hand and foot technique in great detail and gets to the core of what drummers need to know in order to improve their feel and technical skills. Segments Include: “The Art Of Practice”, “Exercises”, “Licks and phrases”, “Independence/ Interdependence”, “Implied Metric Modulation”.Also includes four extended solo drum pieces.

Disc Two: History of the U.S. Beat Explains and demonstrates, along with a great band, the evolution of the drumset in U.S. music how incorporating a knowledge of drumming history can help drummers play current genres with more authenticity and depth.In addition, Vital Information plays seven complete tunes, and Steve explains many of the complex rhythmic concepts that he uses in the bands music.Special DVD Features: Extensive bonus footage including, drum solos, a brilliant hi-hat solo, alternate band takes, a camera-switching option, optional running commentary by Steve, a listening list, a reading list, and more.

Musicians featured on this program are

  • Frank Gambale-guitar
  • Tom Coster-keyboards
  • Baron Browne-electric bass
  • Mark Soskin-piano
  • Steve Marcus-sax
  • Mike Pope-acoustic bass

About Steve Smith

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Steve Smith was originally drawn to the drums by hearing marching bands in parades as a child in his native Massachusetts. At age nine, in 1963, Smith began studying the instrument in earnest with local Boston area teacher Bill Flanagan, who played in big bands in the swing era.

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