The creativity exhibited on the internet often blows me away. Some of the my personal favorites includes videos that feature Gavin Harrison (british drummer and member of Porcupine Tree). He released a book and video set back 2007 that featured his compositions. His video of Cymbal Song is still one of my favorite videos on YouTube.
If you enjoyed that video, also check out Leo DiAngilla’s Cymbal Song video.
Obviously, a lot of works goes into the production of these videos. Are there any other videos you can recommend that we should check out?
Originally posted on DrummChattr.com on February 18, 2011 by Dave Gerhart.
Today’s video features Bill Cahn playing Joe Green’s Xylophonia with Nexus and Steve Gadd on drum set. Make sure you check out the drum break in the middle of the song to see Steve Gadd tap dance! This video is from a live performance in 1988 at Gotanda Kan-I Hoken Hall in Japan.
What is you favorite xylophone rag? Have you ever seen Steve Gadd tap dance? Let us know.
Happy Sunday everyone! We thought it would be a good idea to lighten things up with some classic drummer humor. This video speaks to the tried and true drummer stereotype that louder, faster equals better. All kidding aside, why do you think this stereotype exists? Name ONE factor that you think contributes most to this frustrating but humorous stereotype. Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks to Payton MacDonald for the tip.
Originally posted on DrummChattr.com on January 23, 2011.
It’s been awhile since we featured any Drum Set here on DrumChattr. Today is Vadrum. He has several videos that are similar to this. By that I mean, shredding over classical music. Check him out on YouTube.
What’s your favorite Vadrum video? Maybe not to this extent, but have you ever had students just “rock out” to music that was seemingly unrelated? Talk about it in the comments below.
This video features a 2003 performance of Kevin O’Sullivan, a Fulbright Scholar, performing “Atsiã” that he orchestrated on drum set. According to Kevin, “Atsiã” was created by the Ewe-speaking people of Ghana. It is considered by many to be one of the oldest styles of music and dance among the Ewes. “Atsiã” is a social dance. In the Ewe language atsiã means “style” or “to display.” “Atsiã” as a piece is comprised of drumming, dance and songs collectively. (more…)
Today is Frank Zappa Birthday and in honor of his special day, we would like to share one of his most famous pieces for drum set, The Black Page. This video features Terry Bozzio and Steve Vai with the Zappa plays Zappa band. The video begins with the Black Page #1, which was originally written as a solo for Terry Bozzio. He explains:
Zappa wrote it because we had done this 40-piece orchestra gig together and he was always hearing the studio musicians in LA that he was using on that talking about the fear of going into sessions some morning and being faced with ‘the black page’. So he decided to write his “Black Page”. Then he gave it to me, and I could play parts of it right away. But it wasn’t a pressure thing, it just sat on my music stand and for about 15 minutes every day for 2 weeks before we would rehearse, I would work on it. And after 2 weeks I had it together and I played it for him. And he said, “Great!” took it home, wrote the melody and the chord changes, brought it back in. And we all started playing it. (Reference)
The second part, which features guitarist Steve Vai, is the Black Page #2. After the popularity of the Black Page #1, Zappa decided to write a melody so the entire band could perform this piece.
Has anyone ever played the Black Page? Let us know your thoughts and experiences with this piece. Leave a comment below.
Originally posted on DrumChattr on December 21, 2010.