Giovanni Hidalgo Solo

Giovanni Hidalgo performs a solo from from his home in Kissimmee, Florida. Seeing Hidalgo live was a jaw-dropping experience. If you have seem him play in person please share your thoughts. If not, what are your observations/reactions to this video? Leave your comments below.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on December 12, 2010.

There is No Movement without Rhythm

“Life has a rhythm, it’s constantly moving.” Too often most musicians living in the United States don’t think about the functional side of music. This video, by Bjorn Warning and Thomas Bonenkamp, features a documentary filmed during one month in Baro, Guinee Afrika. According to the video’s description, “The word for rhythm (used by the Malinke tribes) is ‘Foli’. It is a word that encompasses so much more than drumming, dancing or sound. It’s found in every part of daily life. In this film you not only hear and feel rhythm but you see it. It’s an extraordinary blend of image and sound that feeds the senses and reminds us all how essential it is.”

Andy Narell and the Steel Bandits

Today’s video features eight year old Andy Narell and the Steel Bandits on I’ve Got a Secret from February 28, 1963. While the game show portion of this video is humorous, it great to see Andy playing pans in 1963. Make sure you check out the end of the video! The group is featured playing a calypso on what are now know as “old pans.” There are not many videos of these instruments and it is great that they were featured on network television.

What are your thoughts on this video? Have you ever played an old pan or found one at a garage sale? Leave your comments below.

For more information on Andy Narell, visit his website. Andy’s recordings are some of the top steel drum recordings available.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on November 19, 2010 by Dave Gerhart.

Rhythm’s Social Responsibilities

By Pat McLaughlin
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I spent a number of years studying with Gideon Alorwoyie, a master drummer and high priest of the Ewe tribe from Ghana, Africa. He has taught me a lot over the years and when I had the opportunity to travel to his village in the summer of 2007 I learned more than I ever expected about the Ewe tribe and gained a completely new perspective of music.

Gideon taught me the Ewe approach to percussion as well as the philosophies and views of music that the Ewe members value. Through this, he opened my eyes and taught me how to view rhythm as a true beauty of nature. (more…)

Brad Dutz – Odd Meter Conga Exercises

Brad Dutz – Odd Meter Conga Exercises

Today, we are fortunate to have an odd meter conga exercise by Los Angeles percussionist, composer and session player, Brad Dutz. These exercises will give the percussion student an opportunity to continue to work on a balanced sound while playing odd meters. Remember to practice each exercise beginning with both the left and right hands. Practice slowly and continue to work on clear tone production.

Brad Dutz Exercises

For more information about Brad Dutz, his hand percussion method book or the Brad Dutz Quartet, please visit his website.

What are your favorite conga exercises? Post them in the comments.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on September 2, 2010 by Dave Gerhart.

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