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Cindy Blackman Clinic Pictoral From Drumsmith.com

In another masterstroke, photographer/drum luthier/webmaster Ronn Dunnett of Drumsmith.com took a trip to Cindy Blackman’s clinic in Vancouver, Canada a couple years back. He brought his camera. What resulted is nothing short of mastery. There’s really nothing more I can say. Just enjoy.

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Roland Starts Shipping TD-4S V-Kit

As we’ve discussed at length on the show, electronic drums will never (say it with me) never replace acoustic drums in terms of feel and overall sound. That said, Roland’s new TD-4S V-Kit is really nice. I’m usually not a fan of rubber pads on electronic kits, but this one looks pretty good. Simpler, more streamlined stands, easier cable-wrangling. I’m sold. Check out the demo video Johnny Rabb (Friend of The Show) did at this past Winter NAMM in Anaheim. Roland’s started shipping these monsters. MSRP looks to be in $1,200 range.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=synAsXeOMr8[/youtube]

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DVD Review – Jeff Queen: Playing with Sticks

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Let it be known before I get this thing going, I’m not a snare drummer. At least, I’m not the kind of snare drummer like the target demographic of this DVD is. The type that probably have spent time in a marching band of some kind and play HUGE snare drums that sound like popcorn popping. This DVD made me very very hungry because I didn’t hear the snare drums as snare drums, I heard them as popcorn. How is this relevant? Not at all. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Read more

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DVD Review – Groove Essentials w/Tommy Igoe

tommy-igoe-groove-essentials  I’m now realizing that I should have done this one a loooooong time ago. Tommy Igoe’s Groove Essentials DVD was originally a poster. Yup, a single sheet of paper. This humble piece of paper was destined for bigger things then anyone could have expected. Eventually the fans of the poster screamed for a film adaptation of the runaway hit! That call was answered and things have gotten plain old ridiculous from there. Read more

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Pearl Rep Demos Demon Drive Pedal at Memphis Drum Shop

Our good friends at the Memphis Drum Shop have a great video on their website of Pearl rep Gene Okamato demonstrating the ins and outs of the Pearl’s new Demon Drive (reported on Drummertalk recently). I love the demonstration of the bearings. Makes me want to buy one now.

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Sabian Gets Fit With Thinner and Faster Models

Sabian has introduced a new addition to it’s AAX line. According to Harmony-Central.com, these cymbals were made in response to a demand from gospel and R&B players. After listening to the samples on Sabian’s website, it looks like this would right up those player’s alley.

Most gospel drummer I hear are going for a fast attack and little decay. Typically you can get this with small cymbals (14″, 15″ etc) and while this new line includes those sizes, in big gospel or R&B bans, you’re looking for something that can really cut through. You just don’t get that with most 14″ or 15″ cymbals. This could be a hit for Sabian. AAX is a nice line.

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DVD Review – John Blackwell: Master Series

 

     John Blackwell is the third in the HMMS (Hudson Music Master Series) line-up and unfortunately it’s much the same as his first DVD. Like I said last time, John Blackwell is one of the best drummers of his kind today, but he is not a good teacher or clinician. It pains me to say this but if you watched his first DVD then you pretty much have already seen this DVD. This DVD has more and longer music and it has special guest Marcus Williams. It has more stories about touring with guys like Prince, it has more printable pdfs (which are very nice) but for all intents and purposes it’s the same DVD. It covers the exact same topics as his last DVD but the thing is that he doesn’t cover it much better then he did the first time around. 
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Drummer Talk 12/12/2008 – PASIC 2008 Recap (3 of 3)

It’s a Drummer Talk Christmas as we recap day 3 of PASIC 2008.  Today, we discuss Ari Hoenig, Terrance Higgins, Johnny Rabb & Marco Minnemann, Dafnis Prieto, Robby Ameen & Richie Flores & Jesse Carballo, and Ray Luzier & Seven Antonopolous. 

Drummer Talk 12/05/2008 – PASIC 2008 Recap (2 of 3)

Today, we recap PASIC 2008 day 2 with discussion of Ed Soph, Stanley Randolph, Brooks, Chad, and John Wackerman, Fausto Cuevas, Gavin Harrison, and Steve Ferrone.  GROOOOOOOOOVE!!!! Show Notes

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DVD Review – Akira Jimbo: Fujiyama

     Akira Jimbo has probably gone farther than any other drummer down the path of cross breeding acoustic and electronics. Anyone who’s tooled around his drummerworld.com page for a little while knows what i’m talking about. He pioneered his own method of blending electronic and acoustic drums into a hybrid kit upon which he can perform entire songs as a one man band. He’s not playing to a track or over a loop (though he does use loops) he’s using electronic drums to orchestrate parts that would normally be played by other musicians or electronically added afterwards. The system elevates drummers, drumming, and the drum-set to new musical heights. Read more

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DVD Review – Akira Jimbo: Wasabi

     Akira Jimbo’s first offering to the drumming public is his video Wasabi. Wasabi is mostly about the Wasabi Method Akira developed to help him change up his playing. The Wasabi Method consists of four basic parts used to spice up a groove or lick you’ve heard somewhere else. Incase you were wondering about the title, Wasabi is a very popular spice in Akira’s homeland, Japan. Because the video and method are about spicing up your playing it makes sense that they would be named after a spice, no? Read more

Drummer Talk 11/21/2008 – PASIC 2008 Recap (1 of 3)

Today, we recap PASIC 2008 day 1 with Erik Smith, Derek Roddy, and Derico Watson. We also talk about the death of Mitch Mitchell.

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DVD Review – Antonio Sanchez: Master Series

Antonio Sanchez, drummer for Pat Metheny does a master class and you get to be there even if you weren’t there!

That’s pretty much how all the Hudson Music Master Series products work. They film someone doing a master class and add some of their masterful camera work and other little things that are specific to the DVD. Some of those things include a foot cam and onscreen text that highlights some of the points that Antonio hits on. Read more

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DVD Reveiw – Dave Weckl: How To Develop Your Own Sound


JABB here with the review of the third part of the Dave Weckl: A Natural Evolution series of videos.

Dave Weckl’s last offering to the drumming populace is all about getting your sound out of the drums. It’s also probably the most valuable DVD in the series because he gets pretty in-depth into mics and EQ, a subjects most drummers (myself included) are pretty ignorant about. This isn’t a video about your touch on the instrument, rather it’s about how you tune, mic and EQ your drum-set.

The video starts off with a section on tuning your drums. Dave covers the different head types and gives a very basic out line of their sound qualities. Dave is a Remo endorsee so he talks about ambassadors and emperors and such because that’s the Remo line of products. He then show’s you how he tunes his drums on a tom tom from his kit. The problem I have with this is that tuning a tom-tom is a different process from tuning a bass drum or a snare drum. Read more

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