Jojo Mayer Returns With All-New Secrets
New York, NY (October 21, 2014) – Hudson Music has announced the much-anticipated release of Jojo Mayer’s second DVD, Secrets Weapons for the Modern Drummer Pt. 2: A Guide to Foot Technique. In this sequel to his award-winning bestseller on hand technique, Jojo Mayer covers a wide range of techniques, from the most fundamental to the most sophisticated. State-of-the-art visualization and in-depth analysis offer easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for drummers of every skill level. explains every aspect of foot technique and pedals—and for the first time reveals the inner workings of his own technique in great detail.
Contents include bass drum technique fundamentals including heel-down and heel-up playing, playing “in” vs. “out” of the bass drum, the pivot, bass drum hybrid techniques such as double strokes, the constant release technique, exploiting rebound/dislocated spring exercise, the rocking motion, the swiveling technique, the heel-toe technique, the Mayer power slide technique, grouping exercises, the Moeller pumping motion and Jojo’s personal “secret weapon” techniques.
Also included is a complete discussion of the history of the bass drum pedal, anatomy of the pedal, a guide on adjusting your pedals, overview of the perfect balance pedal, discussion of shoes, single vs. double pedal, and a complete analysis of the hi-hat, from its history to setup to playing techniques. Jojo also covers useful topics such as speed, control, managing beater flutter, balance on the drum seat, seat height and posture, and single and double stroke coordination. Additional bonus material, tips and performance clips are included as well.
“After the success of Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer, one of the best-selling drum DVDs in history, we are really thrilled to present this new guide from Jojo, who is one of the foremost authorities on drum technique in the world,” said Hudson Music President Rob Wallis. “We are certain this new DVD will take its place among the classics of drum education while helping drummers worldwide improve their playing.”
Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer Pt. 2: A Guide to Foot Technique runs four hours and 25 minutes over 3 discs. Price $39.99. http://www.hudsonmusic.com
Sabian Cymbal Set-Up Site Returns
Sabian has brought back its popular Set-Up Builder and made some new improvements. The new version of the Set-Up Builder allows users to build multiple kits and save them, listen to high-quality sound samples, and easily share their set-ups. Top Sabian endorsers will also get busy creating their own set-ups, where all of their activity is automatically updated live to their profile pages on the Sabian website.
According to Sabian Online Marketing Coordinator Katie Bursey, “Building a set-up, keeping it up-to-date and sharing on social media is a great way to stay in touch with drummers everywhere. And with our new, high-quality Sabian sound samples, it’s also a great way to try new cymbals before you buy – the new Builder allows you to hear how they blend with your current set-up.”Check it out at CymbalSetup.com.
"Whiplash" And "Drumline2": October Is Drummers' Month
Drummers have a reason to catch some cinema this month. On October 17 Whiplash begins limited release around the country. This much-hyped release, which won awards at Sundance and other movie festivals, features JK Simmons as Fletcher, a teacher known for getting great results from his music conservatory students, but using terrifying teaching methods to do it.
The student role of Andrew is played by Miles Teller, a young drummer whose mission is to be the best jazz drummer in the world. His commitment is what makes him able to stomach Fletcher's abusive teaching. The performances are supposed to be outstanding. Writer/Director Damien Chazelle says many former conservatory students he talked to related similar tales of tough teaching. To be great in any art may require a lot of pain and weeding out, and the movie, at least partially, tells that tale.
Also, in October is the return of Drumline. Drumline 2 tells the tale of Danielle Bolton, a Brooklyn girl who defies her parents to go to school in Louisiana and revitalize a once-prominent Drumline. The first movie was marching band feast; let's hope this one is as fun. It comes out on VH1 in the US on October 27.
Get More: Drumline: A New Beat
Rare Workshops With Cuban Legend Piloto
Giraldo Piloto Barreto, master Cuban drummer and leader of the band Klimax will be touring the US this month and playing a clinic in California. The tour kicks off October 17 in Los Angeles, and makes stops in Folsom, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Portland. If you've never experienced Barreto, and few in the US have ever had the chance, check out the video below at about 1:30 for a taste of his work.
In addition to performances with the band there will also be a special clinic, hosted by John Santos, in San Francisco on October 20 from 6:30-8:00 at the Community Music Center at 544 Capp Street. Tickets are $15. The event is sponsored by KoSA, Sabian, DRUM!, San Francisco Community Music Center.
Check the video beginning about 1:30 for Piloto in action.
When Ghoulishness Meets Percussion: Blood Drums
What would Halloween be without candy, costumes, pranks and...percussion? Street Drum Corps’ Blood Drums & Prime Evil Percussion will perform its ghoulishly great shows at Los Angeles Haunted Hayride CA, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Scottsdale, AZ & Villa Park, IL, Kings Dominion Doswell, VA, Kings Island Mason, OH and Dorney Park Allentown, PA.
Blood Drums & Prime Evil Percussion has been featured at more than a dozen theme park theaters and fairs since 2010, and is seen by over 300,000 park guests per season.
Fans in attendance will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase Street Drum Corps brand new “10 Year Anniversary” CD and other official merchandise.
In addition to Street Drum Corps “Blood Drums & Prime Evil Percussion” spine-tingling live shows, guests will enjoy an in-your-face scare experience complete with haunted mazes and world-class thrill rides.