Clayton Cameron – Brushworks
Feb 26 2016
The world renowned performer and educator unlocks the secrets of brush playing. In this exceptional DVD, Clayton Cameron brings to life the techniques and concepts presented in his award winning Brushworks. Clear descriptions and demonstrations of all the strokes and techniques are reinforced by showing how those techniques are used in live performance setting with the Clayton Cameron Trio.
This instructional DVD would be the thesaurus – a tool that is very useful once you have a basic vocabulary.
Like Ed Thigpen’s DVD, this one is instructional. Steve Smith’s and Adam Nussbaum’s DVD is more of an example by performance with many examples of how to play the same music in different ways, but no specific “how to’s”. Like Ed Thigpen, Clayton steps you through the basics, starting with various grips and when they are appropriate. Here he covers German, French, cradle, eastern and matched, mixing and matching them in the left and right hands. Then he goes into lessons on sweeps, taps, and other parts of the brush vocabulary to show how to achieve the best sound for the music you support. He demonstrated it with just a bass player, then with a band. The bass only demonstrations reinforce just how important the bassist and drummer are to each other, and you will get some solid ideas about how to lock in.
You need to be aware that Clayton’s teaching style is different from Ed Thigpen’s style. Where Ed patiently demonstrates a technique and reinforces it with additional instruction, Clayton goes through each technique, using the performances as a reinforcement tool. You’ll find yourself frequently stopping the DVD in order to fully grasp what Clayton is teaching. Another aspect of this DVD is the brush-specific rudiments that Clayton has developed.
- Clayton’s codification of brush playing techniques and brush stroke rudiments
- Special section with tap dancing legend, Chester Williams
- Three unique solo performances by Clayton
Running time: 2 hours
Video: MPEG2, 720×480, 29.97 fps, 7700Kbps
Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz, 6ch 224Kbps
Size: 3.8 Gb