Seeing Sounds

A lesson series by Donny Gruendler on how to achieve a professional sound within Rock, Funk and Jazz settings.

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All drummers appreciate a full-bodied and stylistically appropriate drum sound. This can range from the perfect overall kit tone on their favorite CD — to a uniquely recorded snare tuning that seems impossible to achieve. In addition, many drummers have read stories about famous studio drummers switching (and tuning) snare drums, bass drums and cymbals for each new song and subsequent take. Although, they never quite believe that they can accomplish these sonic results themselves — on their kit.

With these realities in mind, this 3-part lesson series by Donny Gruendler is a comprehensive study on how to achieve a professional sound within Rock, Funk and Jazz. This will be accomplished by clearly demonstrating each drum and cymbal size’s application, the appropriate microphone and mic placement for each sound and the proper drumset articulations for each musical style.

Thus, this series will help drummers to take control of their sound and attain their favorite drum sounds on both stage and studio.

About Donny Gruendler

Donny Gruendler was born and raised in the diverse Musical surroundings of Detroit, Michigan. As a result, Gruendler grew up alongside an unusually broad range of influences including: Soul, Funk, Pop, Hip Hop, traditional Swing, Hard Bop, and Blues.

Gruendler is Vice President Curricular Development Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, and he is the author of Playing With Drum Loops, Seeing Sounds and Private Lessons (all on Hudson Digital). Donny is also a member of the Modern Drummer Education Team and a frequent columnist for the magazine.

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