Hudson Music\'s latest addition to their Master Series of drum instruction dvds features John Blackwell. It\'s the third title in the series, following dvds focusing on Steve Gadd and Antonio Sanchez.
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The new volume features one of today’s top R&B drummers and showcases the playing that has earned John Blackwell the drum chair with such high-profile artists as Justin Timberlake and Prince as well as international acclaim in his own right.
The three-hour dvd is divided into two main sections. In the first section, John Blackwell performs with an all-star band and then explains and demonstrates the drum parts.
Not only does the John Blackwell discuss the way the song and groove evolved along with the specific techniques that are involved in the performance, he demonstrates the patterns at normal and slow speeds to provide students with a deeper, fuller understanding of the parts and their musical context.
The second part of the program covers topics such as playing musically, grooving and embellishing the groove without over-playing, fills and solos, showmanship and independence as well as John Blackwell’s Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop roots.
A bonus chapter on bass drum pedal technique featuring a rare appearance by John Blackwell’s friend and mentor Marcus Williams is also included.