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Commandments of R&B Drumming
Commandments of RB Drumming
Actor: Zoro
Director: Tim Landers
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2002     2hr 0min

In this award-winning DVD, Zoro brings his intense passion for funky music to life with an in-depth and entertaining look at the history of rhythm & blues music and drummers. His unique presentation delves into the evoluti...  more »


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Actor: Zoro
Director: Tim Landers
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Dance, Educational, Independently Distributed
Studio: Warner Brothers Pub.
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 09/09/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Great video, but fire that drunken cameraman
Brennan | Oakland, CA | 03/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I felt compelled to write a review for this video because I am very annoyed by a recent trend in instructional drum videos. I'll get to that in a moment, but first the good stuff.

If you want to learn about R&B drumming, or even R&B in general, Zoro is an excellent teacher. He takes the viewer through the history and evolution of the genre, introduces the notable artists, and demonstrates the key drumming styles. Interviewer Russ Miller does a good job in discussing the subject and engages Zoro in a relaxed, conversational style. The video is also a great companion to Zoro's excellent book of the same title. The thing I like about both of them is they teach you things that are very useful in real world band/performance situations, and clue you in as to what a lot of bands are looking for in a drummer.

Now the bad stuff. Whenever Zoro plays live, the camera work and editing suddenly launches into a frenetic display of spastic camera moves and rapid-fire cuts. I guess this is supposed to make the video more exciting, but all it does is draw attention to itself and away from the subject. This is all the more maddening when you try and look closely at what Zoro is doing. It's nearly impossible to focus on the nuances of his technique while the camera is jerking around or it continually cuts to another angle. As I hinted before, I have seen this MTV approach in other recent drum videos, and apparently the people behind it haven't figured out that most people are watching these videos to learn something, not to be pandered to with gimmicky video tricks.

If not for this glaring problem, I would give this video 5 stars. But despite this problem, Zoro's playing and expertise on the subject still warrant 4 stars."
The Commandments of R & B According to Zoro
R. J. O. trey | California, USA | 09/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Delivering a historical backdrop of R&B that rivals any previoulsy published, the book is perhaps a little short on performance exercises it more than makes up for it with an indepth look at stylistic differences that occured over time in the genre and gives a representaion of development and progress through the 20th and into the 21st century. Again more quantity of different grooves for comparison and practice purposes. Otherwise Z could have easily turned the book and accompanying DVD in as an ethnomusicological grad project and probably recieved an honorary doctorate. Well done Z man!"