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Thomas Lang is BACH! … I mean back, he’s back, back again with his second instructional DVD from Hudson Music. This time he’s the Thomas Lang that we think of when someone says “wacky Austrian drummer.” He’s much more personable in this DVD and he’s quite funny, unlike his last DVD that where he earned his reputation for being robot like.
The focus of this DVD is advanced foot PATTERNS and the coordination matrix that he recently developed. I capitalized “patterns” in the last sentence because the DVD says that it’s advanced foot technique. It’s not. Foot technique is the physical movements we make with our hips, legs, and feet to operate the pedals at our feet. There is very little talk of actual foot technique in this dvd. Much like his previous work he gives tons of exercises to increase your chops, coordination, and independence equally between your feet. Read more
Thomas Lang’s original work Creative Control was my first introduction into the druminator. I remember I was looking for a video on stick tricks and stumbled across a clip from Hudson Music promoting Mr. Lang’s DVD. I was all like “that was too cool!!!” so I rushed out and bought it as soon as it came out. I re-watched it recently for this review and while I’m still blown away by his skill, I’m definitely in a different place in my walk as a musician then I was when I first purchased it.
I get asked often what I think about the whole drummers not being “real musicians.” First, I don’t have to tell you how much that fries me, but instead of simply flaming anyone who says that, I thought I’d blog my eloquent reply …
Drums are a musical instrument capable of just as many notes, tones, sounds, and expressive capabilities as the guitar or saxophone. I’d challenge any horn player to try and outnumber the number of sounds I can get on a drum kit .. heck – ONE DRUM! Why then, is it assumed that just because this instrument does not prescribe to the Western concept of a set of 12 semitones per octave that it somehow requires less musicality to play? In fact, it requires just as much musicianship and I feel, dare I say more creativity to play an instrument with such an abstract musical nomenclature. Read more