Simon Phillips - Complete
Simon Phillips Complete download. For the first time on DVD, and remixed (by Simon himself!) in Dolby 5.1 surround, Simon Phillips: Complete includes Simon’s groundbreaking videos Simon Phillips and Simon Phillips Returns on one disc. This DVD combines brilliant trio performances with concise and informative instructional segments.
Simon demonstrates the drum patterns played in each song, first slowly and then up to speed, and covers topics such as double bass drums, bass and snare drum tuning, hand/foot independence exercises, practice techniques, timekeeping, odd-meters, and playing with a click. In addition, he performs two incredible free form drum solos which incorporate the fiery technique and ambidexterity that he has become known for.
This DVD is the complete set of what had previously been 2 separate vhs tapes. Simon's playing is, of course, incredible. For any drummer interested in Simon's playing this is a must. There are some advanced concepts here, but Simon is extremely good at explaining what is going on in simple language. For those who are more musically literate there were two instruction books based on the videos. The video can be seen as a progression from simpler (well simple for Simon) material to more advanced. Something like 'Cosmos' can be approached at a much easier level than say 'Force Majeure.' The section on Odd Time is great, and if you buy the instructional books, there are play-alongs to all of the material. Also, in terms of sheer performance Simon is always so exciting to watch that even if you don't play drums near that level, you will love the 'Concert' footage.
He shows the grooves and beats in a slow enough speed to understand. He even breaks up longer patterns into sections to see what he's doing. He's a ambidextrous player for sure and much like Billy Cobham has some serious stamina to not only play 100 miles an hour, but keep the pace for a whole show.
The amazing thing about this long awaited DVD is the fact that all these great and complicated stuff Phillips executes are whithin the context of great music, written by him and performed with two other great musicians otherwise, what would be the point of such amazing technique and skill?
Through very clear chapters Simon explains how to tune, why he position himself like that behind the kit, etc., in a humble way only great a talented people can show.
The double bass technique is explained and shown in a very useful and understandable way so you can play or practice along. He is miles away from showing himself off with what he's doing which seems to be the usual these days.
Year: 2007 (1992)
Running time: 01:42:15
Video: MPEG2 NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR
Audio: AC3 Audio 2ch + AC3 Audio 6 ch 48KHz 448 kb/s
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 1.5 Gb