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Century Project By Daniel Glass
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What I love about this video is how thoroughly Daniel Glass dug into not only the history of drumming and drum kits, but the social factors. If you've ever watched a Ken Burns documentary then you will have an idea of what I mean. The key difference is Glass does not appear to have any bias or agenda.
The best part of this video is Glass demonstrating playing styles and he does so with period-correct gear and drumming technique. Finding the gear was the easy part. Playing it properly was what impressed me. Hie press rolls are incredibly beautiful as is his brush technique. As the demonstrations progressed through to the British Invasion rock era his technique was updated to reflect that too. I had never heard of Glass before this video, but came away admiring his incredible chops, versatility behind the kit and passion for drums and drumming.
Along the way you are treated to a barrage of information. This ranges from personalities who were major forces in the evolution of drum kit playing to factors such as why we now end a fill on beat one instead of beat four.
If you do purchase this DVD set and the vintage drums pique your interest you should also get Traps: The Incredible Story of Vintage which is devoted to the drums and gear that are featured in this video.
I highly recommend his video
In my opinion what makes this documentary so unique is, it's not just a bunch of sterile history facts presented. You actually get to hear the change in the music courtesy of demonstrations of each musical styles by not only Mr. Glass himself playing on a period appropriate "kit", but selected musicians to accompany him. This ends up being not only a history lesson in the written/visual sense, but an aural documentation that takes the viewer on a journey of a 100 years of contemporary music.
While this DVD is geared more towards drummers, and people interested in drums, Mr. Glass has also produced a documentary called "From Ragtime To Rock" which would probably appeal more to the general music fan. Considering the quality of production, the enthusiasm for history, and the dedication to preserving said history that Mr. Glass displays, I am sure Ragtime to Rock is of the same caliber as the The Century Project!
Well done Mr. Glass, well done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing history of drums and music...a must buy...now I take lessons from Daniel online...Published 15 months ago by ronald david hart
Yes very enjoyable, entertaining and educational.. excellent !Published 18 months ago by mark voogd
Daniel Glass made a great joob. The history of the drums set, the relation with some facts of the USA history, the music are things that can make the knowledge about the american... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carlo Freire
This was a bit more scholarly than I thought it would be. Not a bad thing, but not what I anticipated.Published 23 months ago by Michael K. McCool