Kenneth ‘Bam’ Alexander – Hear and Play Drums 103

Dec 27 2012

Kenneth ‘Bam’ Alexander – Hear and Play Drums 103

Kenneth ‘Bam’ Alexander has played for just about everyone in the industry. He’s toured with a countless number of artists in all genres and leads workshops locally in his community. He’s been playing drums for over 20 years… since the tender age of 2 and has certainly been through the “school of hard knocks.” Bam knows both worlds – how to read sheet music and most importantly, how to play by ear. How to play ultra-advanced fills, stroke-for-stroke! Bam repeats himself plenty of times and takes these advanced fills slow enough for anyone to catch on! Master the art...

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Giovanni Hidalgo – In The Tradition

Dec 01 2012

Giovanni Hidalgo – In The Tradition

Giovanni Hidalgo is the leading conguero of our time. His diverse recording and touring credits include Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Valentin and Mickey Hart. On this masterful program, he introduces basic sounds, tuning and technique, patterns of son montuno, bolero, charanga, danzon and multi-percussion applications of those forms. Special DVD features include legendary performances from Karl Perazzo and Giovanni Hidalgo/Changuito, interactive drums from around the world, a glossary of Latin percussion terms, and a section on tuning/maintenance. In The Tradition presents Giovanni Hidalgo explaining the basic conga sounds, tuning and typical conga, timbales, bongo and guiro parts for...

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Bobby Sanabria – Getting Started on Congas 1 & 2

Nov 10 2012

Bobby Sanabria – Getting Started on Congas 1 & 2

Bobby Sanabria’s “Getting Started on Congas 1 & 2” is one of the better conga instructional videos available. He uses a bilingual approach, but both English and Spanish speakers should find the instructions easy to follow. He translates from English to Spanish while demonstrating each lesson which can be a bit cumbersome but worth the effort. This tape is the second in a series of three by Sanabria: “Conga Basics”, “Getting Started… 1 & 2”, and “Getting Started… 2 & 3”. His method of teaching is patient enough for beginners and informative enough for the more serious player. Each...

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Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz – Anga Mania!

Sep 13 2012

Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz – Anga Mania!

The Past, Present and Future of Conga Playing with the Grammy winning Cuban Percussionist of The Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Irakere, Danilo Perez, Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Orlando Cachito Lopez, Ruben Gonzales, Ibrahim Ferrer, Orishas, Omara Portuondo, Omar Sosa … Through a methodology based in tradition, Anga demonstrates many of his systems and forms he uses to develop dexterous patterns, riffs and solos. Each example is demonstrated in a solo context then in a duet performance. In the MARCHA, GUAGUANCO and SOLOING sections Anga reveals his incomparable patterns and variations on five congas. Duet performances with virtuoso Cuban pianist GABRIEL HERNANDEZ...

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Changuito – The History Of Songo

Aug 21 2012

Changuito – The History Of Songo

The eminent Changuito, formerly of Cuban group Los Van Van and co-creator of the musical style songo, shares his inventions on drum set, congas, and timbales. Conga, pilon, and mozambique styles are also demonstrated by the master percussionist. The eminent Changuito, formerly of Cuban group Los Van Van and co-creator of the musical style songo, shares his inventions on drum set, congas, and timbales. Conga, pilon, and mozambique styles are also demonstrated by the master. This video is a must have for any percusionist or drummer who wants to hear from a master the history and evolution of this...

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Luis Conte – The Studio Percussionist

Aug 14 2012

Luis Conte – The Studio Percussionist

Geared for the serious recording percussionist, this video gives a first-hand glimpse at the recording process of one of the most sought-after studio percussionists in the world. Luis Conte demonstrates the recording of basic tracks and the overlaying of additional tracks to complete a cut. Additionally, he shows how to create entirely different “feels” from a single basic track and how to record multiple percussion instruments within a single track (allowing the over-dub process to maximize the available number of tracks ). This video also highlights Luis’ playing of congas, bongos, timbales, djembes, tambourines, cajons, shekeres, and more. Conte...

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Aaron Gilmartin – Easy Steps to Bossa Nova Guitar

Jun 30 2012

Aaron Gilmartin – Easy Steps to Bossa Nova Guitar

The distinctive sound of Brazilian bossa nova guitar has permeated the musical landscape for fifty years, influencing singers, instrumentalists and songwriters throughout the world. Based on a melding of jazz voicings and samba rhythms, this gently swinging fingerpicking-based style will bring new colors and rhythms to all your guitar accompaniments and solos. Aaron Gilmartin builds your bossa nova guitar technique step-by-step, providing chordal exercises, melodic passages and syncopated picking along with invaluable guitar advice and musical knowledge. He opens the lesson with his original song, Hold the Place, based around a typical four-chord progression that will give your playing...

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Frank Briggs – Complete Modern Drum Set

May 14 2012

Frank Briggs – Complete Modern Drum Set

Addressing a multitude of styles such as jazz, Latin, rock, R&B, African and more, Frank Briggs presents masterful performances and concepts to guide your playing to a higher plane while improving your technique and raising your awareness of cutting edge concepts such as metric modulation, displaced beats, polyrhythms, and more. This DVD features complete performances of Red Moon, Home, Along the Mohawk, Sketch/Electric and more. It includes over 115 minutes of drumming and is the perfect companion to the Complete Modern Drum Set Book (nearly every page in the book is performed… including page headers and pattern numbers for...

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Happy Traum – Basic Arranging That Every Guitarist Should Know Volume 2

Apr 17 2012

Happy Traum – Basic Arranging That Every Guitarist Should Know Volume 2

The learning continues as Happy Traum takes you, step-by-step, through three more classic American songs, building each one from its simplest chord-and-strum accompaniment (a perfect jumping-off point for the beginning player) to a fully realized performance piece complete with melody notes, bass lines, chord substitutions, harmonies, picking techniques and improvisations. Drawing on his nearly 50 years of teaching experience, Happy systematically introduces elements to each song that will help give you a better command of the fretboard. At the same time you’ll be adding wonderful material to your repertoire, building your right and left hand technique and improving your...

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Happy Traum – Basic Arranging That Every Guitarist Should Know Vol. 1

Apr 14 2012

Happy Traum – Basic Arranging That Every Guitarist Should Know Vol. 1

Here’s the first in a two-DVD lesson series that will be deeply satisfying for any acoustic guitarist who wants to move beyond simple chords and easy strums. Beginning and intermediate players will quickly gain an understanding of guitar basics through the process of building compelling arrangements of well-known, much-loved traditional songs. In an instructional tour de force, Happy details each step, starting with a simple version of each song and then slowly adding chord substitutions, bass lines, harmonies, fill-in licks, fingerpicking patterns and other techniques that eventually create a fully-formed performance piece. By the time you have completed these...

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