Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Todd Sucherman Methods and Mechanics - For Useful Musical Drumming|
Actor: Todd Sucherman
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Todd Sucherman brings the knowledge of thousands of gigs, shows and recording sessions along with over three decades as a professional drummer to this useful and unique DVD package. Astonishing technique, power and musica... more »
NBO | Haslett, MI USA | 01/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a drumming DVD junkie (>20) so I have something to compare to. Some DVDs display incredible musical talent by the author. Some share insights and approaches to music. Some offer instruction on technique. Very few do all of these, and even fewer still do all, well. I'm a huge Steve Gadd fan, but his DVDs (which I love) are more a bit of phenomenal playing mixed with some insights and approaches. JoJo Mayers DVD (another must have) is largely technique with a bit of performance. In contrast, Steve Smith's DVD's offer everything and do it extremely well. Add Todd Sucherman's DVD to the latter list. His sticking on a pad is first rate, but not always "perfect" (so the rest of us can relate), and his actual performances are FABULOUS. He covers everything from practicing rudiments, to applying these to the kit in a musical way, to his approach to multiple styles (rock, jass etc), along with quite a bit of insight as to how he approaches playing a particular piece. So far, I've only seen Steve Smith and Neil Peart cover all the bases like this and do it well, but Todd's DVD is right there with them. Among many favorite DVDs, this is in the top 3. If there is any "weakness" it's that Todd covers so many issues, that some are dealt with rather superficially. I don't really consider this a weakness though since he has a knack for knowing which issues deserve more or less time (and he acknowledges upfront that he can't possible go into as much detail as he might want). The added bonus is great audio and video production at a beautiful recording studio, and enough dialog from Todd that you get a sense of knowing him a bit. He is incredibly talented, humble, not afraid to state an opinion, humorous etc all at the same time. Who wouldn't want to meet this guy after seeing his DVD? Excellent DVD, Mr. Sucherman! When your time permits, how 'bout another one someday?"
Jeremy A. Klein | 08/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is way more than just a "Learn a few licks and technique tips" kind of video. It is truly one of the most inspiring drumming DVD's for musicality, and for just plain... living. This DVD completely revolutionized the way I play and think about drumming to a song. Even though I've watched this DVD to many times to count, if I lost it I would straight away pick up a new copy, because it reinvigorates a love for the drums stronger then ever."
L. Simon | Boise, ID | 03/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Todd did a clinic here in Boise, Idaho, a couple weeks ago and it was fantastic. He's a very down-to-earth guy with a lot of wisdom and good advice. He talked, told stories, played solos and played along with songs, answered questions, and signed dvds for about three hours! His playing was inspirational and educational. One of my drum students bought Todd's dvd and we've been watching it together and benefiting from it. The production values are top notch and I agree with the other reviewer here who said that this video does a wonderful job of covering a lot of bases. This goes on the top shelf of my drum videos, along with JoJo Mayer's, Steve Smith's, and Jack DeJohnettes's ("Musical Expression on the Drum Set"). The price is also great: a lifetime of drumming insight for less than thirty bucks! By the way, to the reviewer who slammed the "cheep" packaging (did it sound like a bird?): the packaging is totally fine and also high quality; those little plastic holders break in shipping all the time. I have had it happen on numerous new cds I bought from the store or online."