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  • Actors: Alfred Publishing Staff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Alfred Publishing
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VFM0VU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Tormod Kayser on June 4, 2009
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This is the most comprehensive discussion of drumming techniques regarding stick grips and hand and arm movements. Jim Chapin, himself a student of Sanford Moeller, demonstrates the Moeller techniques and clarifies several points that previously have been difficult to understand. Added material from masterclasses and interviews make this an even better reference to the Moeller techniques and drum techniques in general than did the VHS edition from year 2000. Highly recommended!
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More than advertised: This is actually the foundation of drumming: How to hold the stick , how to move the stick, & how to hit the drum, all which -lead- to the "speed, power, control, & endurance". Chapin has g r e a t generosity, flexibility, clarity, charm, & open-mindedness as a teacher, & g r e a t technique as a drummer.
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Great Instruction from one of the Masters. I had the privilege to have had drum instruction given by Jim. I bought this DVD to have on hand some of his seminal training drumming techniques when I want to review my technique. Highly recommend thid DVD.
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The Moeller Method is about learning the technique of drummers from antiquity that gave them the dexterity to play all day long at tremendous volume and speed. This product is all about getting the most out of and protecting those precious limbs that we are only given one set of in a lifetime. If you want to learn how to hold and apply drum sticks properly while getting the most out of your sticks and joints for the rest of your life, this is the best start I could possibly recommend. If you want a superb foundational lesson in healthy drumming, this product is for you! From application of this product's concepts amazing speed, power, control, and endurance in drumming can be developed. This is the foundation of drumming for a lifetime!
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The DVD case states "Level: Beginner to Pro" and I guess that's true. Let's face it, how you hold the sticks and get them to do what you want them to do is the basis of your technique that allows you to express your musical ideas on the drums. Good technique allows the expression to happen while bad technique hinders it, gets in the way, or limits it. In that sense, any drummer, from beginner to pro could revisit this DVD often to learn, relearn, and check his hand technique.

Personally, I think Chapin demonstrates and explains the Moeller and other techniques better than anyone else. Don't expect any fancy or high gloss production, like many other drum DVD's on the market with more famous names. It's basically a 1 camera view of Chapin sitting in front of a drum pad and giving the viewer lessons. He covers it all, from various grips (Moeller, German, French, matched, traditional) and the advantages of each and explains that there is NOT only one way to hold a stick, but many, depending on what you need to do.

The picture is clear, the sound is good, Chapin's wisdom and demonstration is priceless. A worthwhile investment IMO. I'd also recommend his books (for less advanced players) and his For Drummers Only CD/book package (part of the Music Minus One series) for Intermediate to advanced jazz players. These would be among your best drum learning investments.

FYI - Jim Chapin is the father of singer-songwriter Harry Chapin.
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This video is Jim wailing on a practice pad and telling you about how you can play faster. It's not particularly well organized but if you really listen to what he says and shows you and then apply it, work on it, suddenly you find you're playing A LOT faster and smoother. I really enjoyed his style, it's like a friend telling you some fantastic techniques (that is if you're into drumming :-)

This old man can really fly with the sticks, definitely worth the bucks to me, kids or young players probably won't get it.

Good music to all
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This dvd is timeless! If there was one drummer I wish I could have met, it's Jim Chapin! Just to be able to hang out and pick his brain for technique and knowledge about the history of drumming... What a lesson that would have been! Get this dvd for the bonus master class footage alone! 5 stars plus!!
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Search no more, I always wanted to know how was it that X drummers were executing such incredible speeds with not breaking a suet. Well your answer is here Jim Chapin. SUPER HIGHLY recommend this DVD.
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