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Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer DVD

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Editorial Reviews

Jojo Mayers Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer is recommended for drummers of every age, style and skill level. The double-DVD, 3-hour set is available from the Limited division of Hudson Music and covers a wide range of information on drumming technique, from the most fundamental to the most advanced. Filmed in crystal clear digital video and audio and shot at a variety of locations in and around Manhattan, Secret Weapons explains closely guarded and never before published secrets of the great masters as well as Jojos own approaches with special features like animated graphics, practice exercises and troubleshooting tips.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jojo Mayer
  • Directors: Jojo Mayer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Hudson Music
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6TNLI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,246 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By T. Stacy on August 12, 2007
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This DVD focuses on hand technique. It focuses not at all on drum set coordination, foot technique, beats, or "licks". Of course, if you master just some of the techniques he explains, particularly the Moeller technique and its variations, your ability to play beats (particularly jazz) and licks (particularly at breakneck speeds) will be greatly enhanced.

I think this is a great instructional video. The only competition of which I am aware in this particular niche are the Joe Morello technique DVDS. Morello's DVDs are wonderful and I recommend them, not the least because they have some of Morello's fantastic playing. But Mayer's DVD is even better than the Morello DVDs. The principal reason is that Mayer covers a broader range of techniques, ranging from the "free" or Gladstone stroke to the Moeller techniques and its variations to the one stroke roll. In addition, Mayer's explanations of each are as clear, detailed, and understandable as one could possibly want. Each technique is broken down into constituent elements, explained in depth, depicted both slowly and up to speed, and accompanied by recommended exercises for developing facility with the technique. There is enough practice material for years.

Mayer is a good person to present the material. He is not annoying or self-absorbed. He comes across as sincere, intelligent, knowledgeable, and concerned.

I was not familiar with Mayer before this DVD but am now a real fan. The segments in which he does some playing are a real treat. He is versatile, musical, and *incredibly* fast.
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After a 10 plus year hiatus from playing drums, when I came back I found the web was full or instructional videos and information. First thing I wanted to do was install a fresh set of chops! Google introduced me to Moeller Method, YouTube was where I first saw and heard JoJo Mayer. I did waste money on another Moeller Method video that you should avoid but the purchase of Weapons for the Modern Drummer is money well spent. JoJo is not only a drummer of the high caliber but an excellent teacher as well. There is a wealth of information on this DVD. All of it is well presented with great camera angles and well thought out examples. He shows all the different grips, and goes into detail on Moeller and Gladstone and finger control. His presentation is fresh, humorous and addresses not only the physical aspects of technique but the mental part also. It is all there! He has a great respect for the instrument and it shows. A previous review says this is not for beginners but I'm not sure I agree. I would have loved to had this information when I first started many many years ago. It would have solved many questions I had at the time.
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Wow. WOW! I apologize but I'm still blown away by the content in this video. There has been a lot covered in other reviews so I'll just give you my experience with this video and how it's help me. I'll also restate the best aspects of this video.

I did my share of research before purchasing this video and just about everyone exclaimed how amazing it is. Well, look at the reviews here on Amazon. During the time of this review there are 48 reviews written and only a handful (5) are 4-star reviews, nothing lower. Everyone loves this video and for good reason. If you're looking to improve your hand technique (and who isn't) then this is the only video you will need to master.

I'm a bit of a late bloomer with the drums. I've always appreciated the drums very much but for some reason I grew up a bass player. Well I'm 27 now and it's about time to go ahead and hang up the bass. It's going to be impossible to cover 20 years worth of ground in the next few years, so instead I figured I would just become the best drummer I can become in the shortest amount of time possible. I noticed many drummers that have been playing for years that aren't very proficient have poor hand technique. I wanted to nip this one in the bud right away because I believe that will help me gain some time back. A lot of drummers focus on speed from the get-go and forget about technique and control - which in my opinion is much more important.

No amount of YouTube how-to videos can train you like Jojo can. I have learned much more during one viewing of this video then I've learned with all other YouTube videos I've watched combined. As stated in other reviews - Jojo not only has absolutely perfect technique, he also teaches these techniques very well.

Jojo is a great teacher.
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I've been playing for almost 20 years and seen a lot of instructional videos but I have never gathered as much info on hands as there is in this one. Jojo goes into great detail on the various techniques. His approach is very "scientific", breaking stuff down to the smalest nuances, explaining the physics behind it. You can finally start seeing what you've been doing wrong and how to improve it.
I hope he will do more DVDs, on feet etc. Highly recommended.
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For most drummers, it begins with the hands. This DVD is packed with excellent technical details about how to go from the very beginnings, to stick fluency. These details are not only shown, but explained precisely and concisely. You also get to seem them demonstrated by a master. If I could recommend only one instructional DVD (and there are many excellent choices), this would be the one. I consider it a must have for any beginning drummer, regardless of playing style. I rate very few products with 5 stars, but this one clearly earned it.
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