History of the US Beat

A fascinating survey of the evolution of the primary drum set pulse in the music from the U.S.

Download-only version of Steve Smith’s “History of the US Beat” video! Voted #1 DVD in the Modern Drummer Magazine 2003 Readers Poll!

This is the download-only version of Steve Smith’s “History of the US Beat” video. It contains the material found on Disc Two of that DVD.

A fascinating survey of the evolution of the primary drum set pulse in the music from the U.S. – from Ragtime to Fusion.

Featuring two bands (including Vital Information), this video is a virtual encyclopedia of drumset techniques, concepts and styles.

History of the US Beat Explains and demonstrates, along with musical examples, the evolution of the drumset in US 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.

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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