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Drum Guru iPhone/iPad App
2012 Release

Drum Guru is an educational app for drummers of all ability levels - beginner to pro - which delivers the highest quality educational content from some of the world’s best known drummers. You will broaden your skills by learning new grooves, fills, and other concepts, taught in easily digestible, short lessons.

Drum Guru delivers drum lessons with high-quality video and audio, coupled with music notation and unique practice features so drummers can use the app in the practice room. These tutorials are grouped into “packs” that you can download from our catalog. Currently, we offer lessons from drumming legends such as Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, Mike Portnoy, and Chad Smith, with many other artists coming soon.



FEATURES

• Drum lessons in all styles delivered by the expert Drum Guru team and the world’s best-known drum celebrities.
• High-quality videos demonstrating each lesson with a "half-speed" option to really see what is going on
• Lessons from Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, Chad Smith, Mike Portnoy, and others!
• Music notation/transcription of each lesson that can be viewed while watching the video.
• Interactive practice mode, which plays back the notation, and can be started/stopped, practiced with or without a click, looped, and played back at different tempos for practice.
• Lessons divided into packs of 8-10 lessons each, categorized by ability level and style.
• All original content designed specifically for this app.

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Complete your Jazz Legacy collection by adding the CD Live on Tour (Vol. 2)!




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Drum Legacy: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Hudson Music)
2008 Release

Over five hours long - includes the CD of Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy - Live on Tour (Vol.1)!

Critical Acclaim for Drum Legacy

Hi Steve,

I wanted to write and tell you that I watched "Standing On the Shoulders of Giants" last week, and was just blown away. No exaggeration -- the playing, and the musicality of your approach, both humbled and inspired me. (And that's the correct prescription!)

The entire production is surely one of the very best drumming videos ever made, and I especially loved the group pieces -- which isn't always the case. The detailed explications are certainly profound and enlightening, but the musical pieces are equally entrancing.

I was also utterly flabbergasted by the figures you played with alternating hand and foot "stickings" -- so impressive, and so musical.

Congratulations on a well-earned masterpiece.


- Neil Peart

Thanks to the Drum Legacy DVD and the booklet of transcriptions I can learn every interesting figure of Tony's and Max's and Philly Joe's and Elvin's that Steve plays and the fact that the DVD has one of the most insightful and great analysts of modern drumming in John Riley taking things apart on camera with Steve is almost like getting two (genius minds) for the price of one! You guys have done it again.

John Ramsay
Chairman
Percussion Department
Berklee College of Music
Author of Art Blakey's Jazz Messages
Drummer's Complete Vocabulary as Taught by Alan Dawson

Studying the drum giants who came before is one of the keys to developing an understanding of music and finding your own voice on the drums. This highly educational DVD set presents a musical analysis and discussion of some of the most important jazz drumming greats in history. You will find the complete one-hour performance by Steve Smith's group Jazz Legacy from the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival, including two previously unreleased songs.


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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

 
The group's music is inspired by jazz drumming giants Art Blakey ("A Night in Tunisia"¯), Elvin Jones ("Three Card Molly"¯), Philly Joe Jones ("Two Bass Hit"¯), Buddy Rich ("Moments Notice"), Joe Dukes ("Soulful Drums"¯), and Tony Williams ("Sister Cheryl"¯). Each tune is dedicated to one of these drum legends. Also included are two brilliant drum solos by Steve in tribute to Max Roach ("Drums Unlimited"¯ and "For Big Sid"¯), plus two new original solos.

John Riley, master jazz drummer, educator, and author, joins Steve for an insightful discussion of the work of these jazz greats that is unprecedented in its scope and detail. Steve and John present a wealth of information for drummers from a historical/artistic analysis of each jazz giant's conceptual approach, right down to the nuts and bolts of the licks they played.

Bonus features include: live performance footage of Steve in NYC and at a master class in Australia; a 40-page printed booklet; a complete eBook containing exercises and text from Steve, as well as complete bios from respected author Mark Griffith to round out your understanding of these drum legends. The eBook is in PDF format so it can be printed and used in the practice room with or without the DVD.

Includes the "Live on Tour" CD recorded at Catalina's Jazz Club in Los Angeles!

Also included in this package is the new Jazz Legacy CD Live on Tour (Volume 1), featuring Steve Smith (drums), Walt Weiskopf (tenor sax), Andy Fusco (alto sax), Mark Soskin (piano) and Baron Browne (bass). This is not an audio version of the DVD footage - it is a completely separate show recorded at Catalina's in Los Angeles!

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The Art of Playing with Brushes (Hudson Music)
2007 Release

Over seven hours long
Includes a bonus CD with 17 play-along tracks featuring Vic Juris on guitar and Jay Anderson on bass.


This DVD uses a very unique concept that was conceived by Adam Nussbaum: have a number of drummers all play brushes to the same tempos and feels - comparing each drummerļæ½s individual approach to the art of playing with brushes. Steve's job as a co-producer was to help bring this idea to life and participate in the demonstrations.

The end result is a truly remarkable DVD that features brush masters Charli Persip, Eddie Locke, Joe Morello, Billy Hart, Ben Riley and Adam Nussbaum.

Adam and Steve interviewed the drummers after their performances so they could explain in detail their concepts and techniques. The bonus features in the package are also fantastic: respected author Mark Griffith contributes volumes of writing including the history of brushes, brushes listening guide, and bios on all of the players in the DVD.

Also includes incredible archival footage of some of the greatest brush players of all time, plus recently filmed bonus lessons from Louie Bellson, Ed Thigpen and Adam Nussbaum. The 17 track play-along CD is an excellent practice tool. Says Steve, "I use it in my own practice and at clinics. This is a must have, essential DVD for all drummers."

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Classic Rock Drum Solos (Hudson Music)
2007 Release
2 hours

Carmine Appice is a superb host to this collection of drums solo clips that span five decades. Some outstanding performances include fantastic archival footage of Gene Krupa and Sal Mineo working on the movie The Gene Krupa Story, Lionel Hampton's big band "rocking out,"¯ Jimmy Vincent with Louis Prima, Shadow Wilson with Louis Jordan, Ginger Baker giving a drum lesson, Mike Shrieve with Santana at Woodstock, ELP's Carl Palmer, Don Brewer, Carmine Appice, Danny Seraphine with Chicago, Keith Moon, Cozy Powell who plays a drum solo to "Mars, The Bringer of War"¯ from "The Planets"¯ by Gustav Holst, and Neil Peart, who plays the most compositional of all of the drum solos.

Steve's friend and music film collector, Bruce Klauber, organized these clips and found a previously unknown video of Steve playing a drum solo in the early 1980s from the Journey "Captured"¯ era.

Classic Rock Drum Solos is an exceptional DVD!
 


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Steve Smith Drumset Technique/History of the U.S. Beat (Hudson Music)

With over four and a half hours of footage, this two-DVD set is a virtual encyclopedia of drumset techniques, styles and concepts! This is the definitive Steve Smith educational DVD. If you only buy one Steve Smith DVD, this is the one.

Drumset Technique (Disc One) - Steve explains hand and foot technique in unprecedented detail and gets to the core of what drummers need to know in order to improve their feel and technical skills. Segments include: hand technique, foot technique, the art of practice, exercises, licks and phrases, independence/interdependence, implied metric modulations, plus four extended solo drum pieces.

History of the U.S. Beat (Disc Two) - With the help of an all-star band, Steve explains the evolution of the drumset in U.S. Music - how the drumset was first used in all the major styles and how closely related all the styles are. Segments include: early New Orleans jazz, big band, bebop, rhythm and blues, country, blues, gospel, rock, funk, and jazz/rock.

In addition, Steve's group Vital Information plays seven complete tunes that feature applications of the techniques and complex rhythms explained in Disc One. Special Features: Extensive bonus footage including alternate-take drum solos, a brilliant hi-hat solo and hi-hat tutorial, alternate band performances, a camera-switching option, optional running commentary by Steve, a listening list, a reading list, and more!

Total Running Time (for both discs): 4 hours, 38 minutes.
 


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