Keith Carlock The Big Picture Phrasing, Improvisation, Style & Technique
Covering a wide spectrum of technical and musical concepts and offering a fresh perspective on the state of contemporary drumming, The Big Picture: Phrasing, Improvisation, Style & Technique (Hudson Music) is an exciting, new educational DVD by acclaimed drum artist Keith Carlock. The two-disc set features demonstrations, discussions and detailed dissections of the drummer s spectacular timekeeping with a host of world-class musicians from mainstream pop icons Steely Dan, James Taylor and Sting to progressive fusion masters Oz Noy, Rudder and the Wayne Krantz Trio. During the course of the four-hour program, Keith displays the chops that have allowed him to take on these high-profile yet diverse playing situations and top the Pop, Fusion, All-Around and Studio categories of the major drum magazines Readers Polls while sharing the knowledge that will allow viewers to become better drummers and more complete musicians themselves. The Big Picture was filmed in front of a live studio/master class audience that elicited insightful, in-depth answers to questions on topics such as hand, foot and finger technique; grooving, fills and soloing; and phrasing, interpretation and improvisation. Additional Q&A segments cover the rich musical background and variety of influences that were instrumental in the development of Keith s fluid, versatile, multi-dimensional drumming style. The project s performance highlights include an open drum solo and playing to pre-recorded Oz Noy and Rudder tracks as well as an unprecedented four-song set and clinic with Wayne Krantz (guitar) and Tim Lefebvre (bass). The content also includes a viewable/printable, 29-page, eBook with transcriptions of many drum patterns and exercises plus an exclusive, easy to use, on-screen Video-PDF submenu; further enhancing its educational value. Other features include Hudson s crystal-clear digital video, super-high fidelity PCM stereo audio and multiple camera angles. With its wide range of subject matter and comprehensive coverage, The Big Picture provides a thorough view of Carlock s advanced approach to modern drumming as well as an overview of the fundamental skills that every drummer needs to play a full range of modern music.
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Keith plays amazing things on drums....
A tiny studio audience asks random questions about his approach....
he answers them...
It seems to me like this entire thing was filmed in a day...maybe 2. The information was scattered and there were probably only a couple little nuggets of wisdom that were painful to extract from the really long dialogue. It's pretty much just a video taped clinic. If you wanna watch some amazing drumming and listen to awkward question/answer sessions, get this DVD. But if you're looking for something that will make you a better drummer, go buy benny grebs "language of drumming"
I bought the DVD as I had heard his playing with Steely Dan on record and wanted to know more about where he was coming from musically. There is something strange about seeing someone who is obviously well schooled reduced to playing very simple beats like a machine - to me it's like saying 'I can play more complicated stuff, but I choose to play simply' .
Keith then goes on (on Disc 2) to play 'more complicated stuff'. As for Keith playing the instrumental music (definitely music for certain types of musicians - it doesn't appeal to me)- I suppose the idea behind it was to show that Keith can play in both styles - simple and complicated.
He covers his set up , hand and foot technique, New Orleans influences, applying jazz technique to groove based music, his drumline background and its influences on his playing, how he thinks in phrases, his interesting foot techniques with the hi hat pedal (which I particularly liked) and many other topics.
Overall, in terms of sound and approach, to me he comes across as a looser, jazz influenced John Bonham.
These DVD's are advertisements for the musicians as well - not merely educational. It's good marketing.
Keith also comes across very well and I must say that I am glad to see how many drummers on these instructional DVD's are well spoken, considering the potential worldwide audience.
They further the cause and perception of drummers being seen as musicians which, of course, they are.
I have a gripe about the DVD though, similar to other Hudson Music DVD's - THERE ARE NO SUBTITLES.
I don't need them personally - Hudson, why not increase the amount of people who can benefit from this material?
Make a difference and include them, as you're probably making a good deal of money from these DVD's - some of it mine.