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Musical Expression on the Drumset

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From the legendary "vaults" of the Homespun Instruction archives, Groove3 is honored to bring you a video tutorial series by master drummer Jack DeJohnette. Seeing his instrument as a complete musical entity, melodic as well as percussive, Jack DeJohnette breaks down his unique approach for drummers of all levels, and anyone else who plays an instrument or simply loves music.

You'll learn how Jack creates a flow of improvisational ideas through balance and relaxation as he communicates his concepts about phrasing, tuning, timekeeping and melody. He also provides important "inside" tips on his approach to the cymbals, stick and brush work, bass and hi-hat technique, and other skills essential to his trademark sound.

Fellow drummer Harvey Sorgen poses the questions while our cameras give you multiple views of Jack's demonstrations. Throughout this video series, Jack conveys his remarkable command of his instrument and his interest in cross-pollination of musical styles.

This powerful and inspiring tutorial culminates in a spectacular display of seamlessly interwoven grooves: reggae, funk, rock and Latin! You’ll never hear music the same way again after studying with this true master.

Take your drumming and musical expression to new heights… Watch "Musical Expression on the Drumset" now!


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Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jack DeJohnette is one of the world's most accomplished musicians. His musical diversity can be heard with innumerable jazz and pop artists, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Lloyd, Pat Metheny, Sting, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Townsend, Santana and his own band, Special Edition, as well as his immensely popular trio with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock. Jack has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music, along with an extensive list of awards for drumming, including at least 14 years of the Downbeat polls. CDs for his own Golden Beams Productions include duets with percussionist Don Alias, "Welcome Blessing", and "Music in the Key of Om".

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    Musical Expression on the Drumset

    Groove3 is honored to bring you a video tutorial series by Homespun and master drummer Jack DeJohnette who breaks down his unique approach for drummers of all levels, and anyone else who plays an instrument or simply loves music.

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    Talking Drummers

    In this rare and extraordinary Homespun video tutorial series, you’ll see behind the scenes in the recording studio with two world-class musicians, Jack DeJohnette and the late Don Alias, who joyously improvised an album of percussion-based works, creating, overdubbing, changing, and editing, all right in front of your very eyes!

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