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Thomas Lang-Creative Control DVD (A 2-disc set)
Thomas Lang-Creative Control DVD
A 2-disc set
Actor: Thomas Lang
Director: Robert Wallis
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational
NR     2004     5hr 14min

Thomas Lang presents the unique and innovative system that he has used to develop his awesome speed, control, finesse and coordination-a step-by-step system that will allow you to hone your drumming chops so that you can p...  more »


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Actor: Thomas Lang
Director: Robert Wallis
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational
Sub-Genres: Rock & Roll, Special Interests, Educational
Studio: Hudson Music
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 5hr 14min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, German

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Movie Reviews

The Buddy Rich of our Generation
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thomas Lang is the Buddy Rich of our generation. This DVD blew away any other instructional DVD I have ever seen -- much less purchased. Not only is Thomas incredibly, mind-bogglingly talented (I've heard him referred to as a drumming alien with a a brain in each of his four limbs -- OR as the "David Beckham" of drumming -- I assure you BOTH are correct!) but the Acid Pro software that allows you to slow down the DVD without changing the pitch so even beginners can play along is the coolest! With 5 hours of material plus downloadable transcriptions -- you will be busy with this one for a while! BUY IT!!"
Incredible !!!
Eduardo | Monterrey, Mexico. | 06/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thomas Lang is a traditional grip drumset player who is technically the most advanced drummer I've ever heard. His command over the drumset is impressive and his playing impeccable. He is a combination of Virgil Donati, Dennis Chambers and Buddy Rich in one.
This double DVD production has tons of exercices for hands and feet and invaluable ideas for today's drummers. It covers everything form rudiments to cross-sticking. His last solo is memorable. Five stars, no doubt!"
Control? Definitely. Creative? Not sure.
Owen Cunningham | Southern New England | 01/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In reading the reviews that have already been posted I can't help but agree with all of them, the positive and the negative. Certainly the DVD production values are first-rate, and Thomas is extraordinarily good at what he does. On the other hand, there is a definite deficiency in the musicality of the songs he chooses as examples; with the exception of two tracks from Gianna Nannini's amazing album "Aria," everything is very cheesy, rudimentary, and unmusical. Thomas does not demonstrate or seem interested in jazz music (which is fine by me; I'm a metal/rock drummer anyway), so syncopation does not get a lot of air time. Instead Thomas's style seems to be based almost on translating Philip Glass minimalism into percussion -- he assigns repetitive groups of notes to his off-limbs (right hand, left foot) and layers over them a very standard-sounding 4/4 groove with his remaining limbs. Granted, the technique can be very impressive and sound really cool (especially with contrasting odd-meter patterns in the off-limbs), but it starts to feel limited after a while.

This is the first drumming DVD I have purchased, so I don't have a lot to compare it against. I'm certainly glad I bought it, and have not only enjoyed watching it, but also seen my own playing benefit by attempting to incorporate some of the exercises into my practicing. I'm almost certain you will be able to say the same things about it if you bought it (unless of course you're a jazz/blues drummer)."
Great technique dvd
jlbjr | bay area, ca. | 06/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I purchased this dvd a while ago and finally sat down and watched the whole thing and was completely in awe of lang's technique. I am a jazz drummer and have implemented some of his practice regimens into my own. I also have finally broken down and after viewing this bought a double bass pedal which has made practicing much more fun for me. I believe this dvd will help with your technique no matter what style you practice and seeing thomas lang's control and mastery definitely has me back in the woodshed practicing more which is what a dvd should do. Two thumbs up.