Ginger Baker – Master Drum Technique
Dec 09 2011
A unique chance to study with an all-time drum legend! The great rock drummer takes you through a wide range of techniques, from paradiddles, beat displacement, and tom-tom technique through African rhythms, double-bass drum technique and much more. He even takes some examples and puts them into a band situation, also demonstrating his famous soloing style. A must-have disc for all drummers!
To understand Ginger Baker’s playing style (as opposed to merely copying it), one has to understand (at least) 3 things: 1) Drum rudiments, both as a tool of developing technique and as musical elements (applied to the drum kit); 2) African-inspired polyrhythmics; 3) Ambidexterity.
This DVD has information on all three, presented by the man himself. It is also well-annotated and has a section with slowed-down beats to help break the stuff apart. Also interesting are the parts where Baker discusses drum tuning, plays alongside a music number, and introduces a couple of creative sound effects by re-arranging some of the elements of his kit.
For anyone interested in gaining – and appreciating – essential rock drumming skills with a musical, artistic touch this is a must. If you want a constant motivation to practice your rudiments, this will give it to you.
Ginger does an excellent job of showing how the very basic rudiments are all you need to become a master drummer on the drumset. He applies about a dozen or so rudiments but then shows how simple variations on them can really sound unique — and that describes his drumming style, unique and approaching a John Bonham like simple sound which is deceptively complicated.
Ginger shows almost all the rudiments here with examples of how they are useful and employed to the kit with a style. Counting and understanding time signatures and the concept of how mathematical it really is yet with simplicity and how realitve each time signature is to 4/4 timing and just knowing where the 1 count is. This is drumming laid out in a nut shell. Independance. He covers that too. If you search the knowledge to learn drums you will be shown these three to four concepts no matter where you try to find it.
Subtitles: French, Spanish, German, Italian
Running time: 80 min
Video: MPEG2 720×480 29.97 fps 5237 Kbps
Audio: AC3 48 KHz 2 ch 224 kbps
Size: 3.9 Gb