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Mike Mangini :The Grid for Creative Drumming DVD


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Hudson Music presents a brand-new 2-disc DVD set with one of today s most popular drummers, Dream Theater s Mike Mangini. With The Grid, Mangini presents a complete system for expanding your skills as a creative player and improviser, focusing in on your own musical identity. This system is presented through performed examples and graphics, and is usable by drummers of all styles. Filmed in two different studios on two different drum kits, including Mike's signature Dream Theater setup during the recording of the band's latest album, this DVD can help you achieve goals such as:
 · increase your speed
 · develop better independence
 · learn to use ostinatos
 · expand your knowledge of styles
 · use polyrhythms
 · play in odd time signatures
 · develop a deeper understanding of the basics of rhythm
 · become a more creative player
This package includes an extensive PDF eBook with over 50 transcribed examples as well as extensive text, definitions and diagrams of the Grid. There are also two bonus drum solos, including one filmed on tour with Dream Theater.

Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Mangini
  • Directors: Greg McKean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hudson Msuic
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EA0Q0DC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I mean, they sound **very** low quality.
Kramer Drummer
Mike Mangini is an amazing player that has the ability to explain to us what he is doing.
Noel Okimoto
Once you watch this video, you will know why it won a DRUMMIE.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Noel Okimoto on November 19, 2013
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Mike Mangini is an amazing player that has the ability to explain to us what he is doing. The fact that a bulk of the material is presented without editing is a testament to this.
The concept of a "grid", is so helpful in being able to see where one is going. I just attended a convention where the daily schedule was posted on a large board in the form of a grid. It was so easy to navigate where and when you would like to be. Never, would I have thought that someone would be able to do this with a subject as mysterious as "creativity". Mangini has done it with excellent results.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Ascione on November 13, 2013
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FANTASTIC! Great teaching manner and ability to break down complex time signatures and drum patterns. Shows great enthusiasm for subject matter. "Excellent everything he does". Not for beginners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kramer Drummer on July 30, 2014
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I'm giving this 5 stars because Mangini is a talented player. This 2 DVD set is of some value, but I don't think it will help much for players that are just trying to play regular tunes and/or are beginners. For the more advanced players, that do have rudiments and grooving already mastered as second nature, this DVD gives some good insights on how to approach improvisations with less of an 'improvised' feel, as using the "grid" as he says, kind of constrains the 'improvisation' aspect of playing. The way Mangini talks can be tiring after a while, but that's just the way he is, so just pause when his blabber starts bringing your eye lids down.

Not related to his work on this DVD, but I have to say: Endorsements aside, it's hard for me to believe that Mangini thinks those cymbals sound any better than used trash can lids. I mean, they sound **very** low quality. He has an A Custom ride on his left side that sounds a little more professional, but overall his cymbal sounds are at student level at best. He should try Paiste cymbals, but that's just my personal opinion, I like quality.

So, if you're a Dream Theater fan AND a Drummer, I recommend this DVD. If you're not a drummer but want to be one, you'll get frustrated very fast.

It isn't easy to make an instructional DVD, especially when the ideas and concepts have to be translated into words - one needs to be relaxed and have a road map and a very good arsenal of words to be able to pull it off without sounding stupid. Mike pulls it off, although sometimes borderline nerdy, but it is worth it for what it is -- an exploration on how one of the greatest drummers alive today thinks, when it comes to improvising on the drum set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Capodice on March 7, 2014
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Mikes instructional DVD is very well sophisticatedly planned out.
Each one of his systems are very organized and performed well. You must really need to pay attention.
I would say in a way that his speech and demonstration for each system is almost mathematical.
Of course all percussion writing is mathematical when we are counting in subdivisions correct?
So if you are serious about learning this system I suggest that you break it down into part acts.
I would recommend this to anyone who has studied the instrument and is a fine reader of percussion music.
You would also have to understand subdivisions, style, and music theory.
Good luck to all that purchased this DVD.

Vinnie Capodice
NJ USA
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron D. Mahabalsingh on November 29, 2013
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Mike Mangini is a technical guru. His insight into styles, technique and use of a huge drumkit is truly inspiring and relevant. Above all he is a great teacher. This is a great DVD for anyone who wants to keep growing as a drummer, but more importantly, as a musician.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Movie Master on May 14, 2014
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You can walk away with a new approach to drumming and feel great about the way you play. I'm better just after watching it. I must buy!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles G Davis on January 20, 2014
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Great DVD !!! I always like the way Mike plays he as a great feel of music. The grid works you just have to get in to it and try it.
GREAT JOB MIKE. Chuck
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