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Steve Smith-Drumset Technique/History of the U.S. Beat DVD
Steve Smith-Drumset Technique/History of the US Beat DVD
Actor: Smith S-Drumset Technique-History of the Us Beat
Director: Robert Wallis
Genres: Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2002     4hr 38min

In disc one of this 2-disc set, Steve explains hand and foot technique in ground-breaking detail and gets to the core of what drummers need to know in order to improve their feel and technical skills. In disc two, using e...  more »


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Actor: Smith S-Drumset Technique-History of the Us Beat
Director: Robert Wallis
Genres: Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Kids & Family, Rock & Roll, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: Hudson Music
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/28/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 10/01/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 4hr 38min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Wow! Steve, what a piece of work!
R. Lindeboom | Paso Robles, CA USA | 01/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First off: I was never a huge fan of Journey, so any effusive prose that may come from the tips of my little fingoids as I type is not coming from there. ;o) Steve is one of the most well-rounded and musically diverse drummers that I've ever seen. He plays it all and does it amazingly well. I've been playing since 1964 and have taught my son to play and am now starting to teach my grandson. My son was blown away when he came to my house and watched some of this DVD with me. In less than an hour, Steve had shown my son an appreciation for diverse musicial styles that I'd been trying to open him up to for years. Steve is *that* good as a teacher. I don't think I've ever seen better. While I would indeed rank this as an intermediate-to-advanced instructional DVD, he succeeds wonderfully in communicating his techniques for expanding your own expertise on the drums. The only thing that I find a drawback is that when I watch it, I am distinctly jealous of those just starting out in their young drumming careers today and who have great instruction like this to begin with. :o) This is amazing stuff. I own many drum technique video/DVD sets and this is the best of the breed. If I could give it 10 stars, I would. Thanks Steve for giving fresh inspiration to a grandpa who still loves to drum and who can't wait for his next chance to kick some ass behind the kit, and is truly grateful that I can get this kind of instruction to my son and grandson so that one day they can blast past the old man -- but they're going to have to work at it to do so, I ain't giving in that easy! ;o)"
Excellent DVD - Excellent Value
Todd | 12/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I never thought I'd call a $50 DVD a great value, but this is. Disc #1 is your own personal lesson with the Master himself. The hand and foot techniques are tremendous. I really enjoy disc #2. The historic band with Steve on a vintage drum set is a treat. Then they get into a long set with Vital Information where you can see the practical applications of the techniques he taught in disc #1. Be sure to check out the extras. I didn't see the hi-hat thing at first, but WOW. I had no idea you could do that with a hi-hat! A nice feature is that you have the option to play only the music without the talking in between, or even just the solos if that's all you're in the mood to view. I don't have any other instructional DVD's to compare this to, but it was recommended to me by a pro as the ONE to get. I have to agree!"
Worth every cent
alper ercan | ankara, turkey | 11/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having bought lots of so called instructional DVD's, and being disappointed with the majority of them, I was very reluctant to buy this DVD.

Being a rock-oriented drummer, my personal influences are far more different, so I was a little bit prejudiced towards fusion type drummers, as their main strength is their technical ability, but some of them are lacking in terms of feeling, power and passion required and unable to create a "pulse" as defined by Steve himself.

Steve Smith is awesome and inspiring and he blew my mind away. One should not dare to criticise Steve Smith as a drummer because he definitely is one of the masters of drumming.

I believe that intermediate and advanced drummers can really learn from this DVD and improve themselves as a result. The information given on drumset technique is a very valuable tool and it opened my eyes on some issues even after 17 years of playing. I liked the "history of the U.S beat" part very much, especially the incredible performance with the "Vital Information"."
joaquim cardoso | Portugal | 01/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The best instructional video/DVD ever, more than 4:30 hours, including PDF files with charts and exercises!! Awesome!!
I'll be spending the next couple of years studying with "my personal" teacher Steve Smith."