By Andy Doerschuk Published September 13, 2009
Beyond The Chops: Groove, Musicality & Technique, a new instructional DVD from Hudson Music, showcases Aaron Spears’s phenomenal drumming. The two-disc, three-hour program offers amazing performances, enlightening educational segments, and revealing interviews as Spears displays his natural talent, deliciously fat groove, and incredibly deep skills in a set of spectacular performances with gospel, R&B, Motown, rock, shuffle, and odd-meter tracks.
Following his blazing performance segments, Spears hosts a Q&A session in front of a master class and then sits down with drumming icon Jojo Mayer for a candid interview covering everything from his gospel roots to his recent work with Usher, the Backstreet Boys, and the American Idol Tour. He also provides insight into the unique rhythmic vocabulary he has created with many of the grooves and fills transcribed in an accompanying 21-page printable eBook. For additional lesson support, the DVD also includes a special sub-menu that connects each notated exercise in the eBook directly to the video example it supports.
Beyond The Chops is available on DVD or Instant Download with advanced features such as high-quality digital video and uncompressed, super high-fidelity PCM audio, multiple camera angles, and an interactive slow-motion option. For more information, go to hudsonmusic.com.