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Levon Helm Teaches Classic Rock, Country & Blues Drumming

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    Tutorial 1

    Intro & Levon's Drum Kit


    We are introduced to musician and cultural icon Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist for The Band, and we go over his drum kit and background.

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    Tutorial 2

    Blues Stay Away From Me


    Here we see a performance by The Band and then we go over the role of a drummer as well as influences.

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    Tutorial 3

    Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes


    The Band plays us Rock & Roll Shoes and we discuss the breakdown of that and Milk Cow Boogie.

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    Tutorial 4

    Short Fat Fanny


    In this video we get a performance of Short Fat Fanny and a discussions of shuffling against an eighth note, tempos, and dynamics.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Battle is Over & King Harvest


    Here Levon discusses The Battle is Over and King Harvest as well as singing on pitch and using a half time feel.

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    Tutorial 6

    Cripple Creek


    In this video, we hear discussions about rim shot back beats, drum intros, and see a performance of Cripple Creek.

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    Tutorial 7

    Life is a Carnival


    The discussion turns to using two drummers in a band setting and we see a performance of Life is a Carnival.

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    Tutorial 8

    Drum Beats, Equipment, & Levon's Early Years


    Levon talks about the preferred beats of different drummers and their equipment as well as his own formative years.

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    Tutorial 9

    Hand Jive


    In this final video, we close with Levon's final thoughts as well as a performance by The Band of the song Hand Jive.

Take a lesson from a true rock legend! The late Levon Helm’s music reflected a cross-section of American roots music: Delta blues, country, rockabilly, R&B and, of course, the indelible music of The Band!

In this rare session, taped in his barn-like studio and recently re-released after more than a decade, the Arkansas native shares his unique ideas on drumming, time-keeping, his impeccable groove and the history of blues and rock ’n’ roll. Hear this born storyteller’s fascinating insights into the music and lore that helped shape rock ’n’ roll history.

Beginners and professionals alike will benefit from Levon’s singular approach to the drums. He covers basic concepts - shuffles, eighth-note grooves, rim shots, intros and fills - for learning players, while more experienced drummers will learn first-hand about the deceptive “feel” that shaped his unique sound.

Levon’s ideas about tempo, click tracks, half-time, drumming while singing, arranging double drums and other techniques will add powerful new elements to any drummer’s style.

Levon works his way through several country blues and Band tunes, including The Weight, King Harvest, Blues Stay Away From Me, Rock and Roll Shoes, Short Fat Fanny, Up On Cripple Creek, Life is a Carnival and Hand Jive, with performances by The Band specifically staged for this video series.


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Levon Helm was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for the Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, multi-instrumental ability, and creative drumming style, highlighted on many of the Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".

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