Early in my teaching career, I taught a student who voiced a need for some ideas that sounded like Billy Cobham. I wrote out four different riffs. He came back the following week and was really enthusiastic about them. But he needed more technical work to build the riffs up to their tempo potential. I then composed an extensive development on each of the 4 riffs, consisting of 30 to 40 possible variations on each of the original four themes. The results proved to be excellent!!! I not only taught this student an exact ideas - but was able to suggest variations to motivate him to develop his own style!
My cassette mail order course actually came about by accident. Over the years, I've been advertised in Modern Drummer for private instruction on the styles of John Bonham, Neil Peart, Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, etc... But I kept getting calls from drummers out of my area who wanted to study my materials. So I took on a few students out of the area and sent them taped lessons of what I normally teach in my studio. The result was exceptional! The tape concepts now available are a result of those early days.
Each lesson is accompanied by the written themes and extensive development of variations. I first talk a little about the ideas and then I go through playing each theme at a very slow tempo, while counting aloud. Later I play them faster and more in context to give you an idea of how they sound at playing tempos. After I go through basic training on the concept, I then get into total drumset application. Which includes movements, combining with rhythms and/or fills, constructing solos, or just creating a groove!! I related the ideas to many forms of music. For example on some of the Steve Gadd ideas, I'll get more into a heavier feel on it. The main thing I'm going for here is a lot of musical ideas and applications.
The solution I came up with was writing out several of the main parts exactly, and then several hip variations on each part to help strengthen the technical skills needed to play the tunes. The variations also help serve the excellent purpose of allowing one to play the tune with more of their own feel and input! I also spend time relating these concepts to other types of musical applications. Which allows the student to use these ideas in other tune situations. The technical and creative results of this procedure have been phenomenal.
Another advantage to my developments is that all concepts are extensively developed with many possibilities on each theme. This in turn will give you many new ways to be original with previously-established ideas. If my materials are practiced consistently, it will increase your technical and creative capacities vastly.
I hope you will find my ideas useful.
To Good Drumming,
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