Ed Thigpen – The Essence Of Brushes
Jul 09 2016
An extraordinary DVD by Ed Thigpen, who is univerally acknowledged as the master of jazz brushes. Ed explains and demonstrates the essential strokes and sound of the brushes and their applications to different rhythmic patterns and musical forms. As a bonus Ed plays several pieces with an all-star jazz trio, featuring the legendary bassist Ron Carter and Tony Purrone on Guitar.
If you want to learn brush technique from the master this video is an amazing learning resource as well as a way to peer into the mind of the one drummer who was cited by both Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa as the best in the world on brushes. Ed starts slow enough for you to follow, and you can watch it and play with the camera angles set just right. The band swings, and they are fun to play with after each lesson as well. If you want to get going on brushes, this is a must!
Ed Thigpen, though, is considered to be one of the all time great brush masters. The DVD itself contains an in-depth treatment of Ed’s approach to brush playing, which is reinforced by performances that employ the techniques. His abilities as an instructor rank right up there with Tommy Igoe or Steve Smith, and his approach to brush playing is disciplined with a strong emphasis on time keeping through movements and patterns, and tasteful support of the music. If ever you wondered how he got the nickname “Mr. Taste” a few hours with this DVD will make it clear.
Be prepared to spend many hours with this DVD (and your brushes, of course) if you are new to brush playing. In fact, even if you are proficient you will probably spend countless hours refining your technique with Mr. Thigpen as your on screen instructor.
Master Thigpen shows here, step by step, the classic technique for brushes, if you want something more contemporary, or not interested in Jazz, by all means, get “Back to Basics” by Dave Weckl, as he demonstrates some more modern brush applications along with Moeller technique, helpful to avoid injuries of the wrist and carpial tunnel syndrome. Dave Weckl: Back to Basics
- Triplet-Eight Groove
- Easy Flight
- Chelsea Bridge
- Sweet Lullaby
- Children’s Dance
- Synonymus Blues
Running time: 1 hour
Video: MPEG2 720 x 480 4:3 30 fps 5000 kbps
Audio: AC3 2.0 448 kbps
Size: 2.6 Gb