John Blackwell Technique, Grooving and Showmanship
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John Blackwell, world-class groove master and drummer with Prince, offers his approach to developing the amazing technique he has become know for, including key exercises that he used as a student, and still uses today, demonstrations with bassist Baron Browne, performances with his great band, Matrix, and more. Includes brilliant performance footage from the Modern Drummer Festival 2002 and studio footage that features Baron Browne. Segments include: Heroes and Influences, Practicing, Teachers, Building a Solo, Single-Hand Rolls, Single-Pedal Technique, Building a Groove, Shuffles and a detailed demonstration of his incredible Stick Twirling Technique. Included is footage of John s entire performance at Modern Drummer Festival 2002 with Matrix.
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That said, watching this DVD I picked up some amazing things to imitate -- his amazing ambidexterity with the high hat; why play it with the right hand when it's on the left side of your set -- just play mainly with the left hand. Also the single handed roll and bass techniques are amazing and advanced.
Buy it only if you are an advanced drummer.