Learn To Play Drums: In the Pocket - Drum Lesson
Learn Valuable Insider Tips From Drummers With Over 30 Years In The Industry!
How do you know if you're "in the pocket?" Following the tremendous success of his debut DVD "Extreme Drum Set Techniques", Randy Van Patten s teamed up with top drummer Jeff Lutz to answer that question with his follow-up DVD, In the Pocket.
From jazz, funk, rock, blues, to the Bossa Nova and Mambo, Randy and Jeff explore varied concepts and explain techniques that allow you to lock in with other band members and play in the pocket. Through Randy and Jeff s unique approaches to drums, and insight from several seasoned musicians, you ll quickly develop an understanding of how to play in the pocket for any musical style.
Knowing the feeling, getting in the groove, or clicking with other musicians doesn t come easy. It s not a tool or a lesson. It s a concept that Randy and Jeff explain in detail and provide examples, while at the same time, making it fun. With almost two hours of instruction and conversation, In the Pocket is a must-have for your back pocket.
Randy Van Patten s background includes years of live experience, session work, drum clinics and many years of private drum instruction.
Jeff Lutz is a working drummer and instructor with over 30 years experience, and has performed with Cher, Buddy Greco, and Wayne Cochran & the C.C. Riders.
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"Play to a metronome". "Learn to play to a "click"". "Play "in the pocket". "Lay down the groove." "The drummer is the foundation of the band." "I can't really explain what "in the pocket" means. It's more of a feeling". Yada, yada, yada. Ok, we get that (got that long ago). Finally, the "talent" in a DVD needs to have some personality that connects with the viewer. Randy has this. He's quirky at times to be sure, but he has it. This DVD includes LOTS of cameo appearances from all sorts of folks you've never seen before (local talent types, the dime-a-dozen types) that simply repeat all the cliches using their (no doubt vast) experience to emphasize the points. Yeh, we got that already.....lay down the groove. OK. All these cameos simply dilute the exposure to RVP's playing and ideas with no alternative payoff. It such a problem that you begin to wonder why RvP put his name on this. Several times during the DVD, I got the distinct sense that he too understood this was not a good product, or at least not up to his first DVD. But, these are his friends and former teacher, who wanted to share in the spotlight this time. That's the sense you get....that he was talked into sharing the limelight this time. Look, I'm sure these are all nice folks, maybe even talented in their own way, but if you want people to spend money on a product, you've got to give them something of value. In my opinion, this simply does not measure up, not even for beginners. Do take a look at his first (2007) DVD. Don't waste your time or money on this one.