Ralph Peterson: “Jazz Drumming Demystified” Lesson
* Jazz Drumming Lesson from a Master Player & TEACHER
* Jam-packed 2-hour 20-minute (!) Lesson + 50-min Interview
* Four Quartet Performances
* Four PLAY-ALONG TRACKS & CHARTS!
“Ralph Peterson breaks it down! Not all the great players are great teachers but Ralph Peterson is a master all the way around!
Lots of cool concepts, tips, and wisdom. Amazing demonstrations. Really inspiring Jazz Drumming Lessons!“
Anthony Mortillaro, Burbank, CA, via Amazon.com
“This DVD is “must have” jazz drumming education! …
One of the best instructional videos available on the market, and the content is extensive! (Over 3 hours)“
Simon Pourbaix, Bourdeaux, France, via Amazon.com
Easily one of the most exciting Jazz Drummers one will ever see, Ralph Peterson is not just a world-class jazz drummer,
but also a world-class jazz drumming TEACHER. A rare combination, indeed.
Besides having played with Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine, David Murray, The Count Basie Orchestra, Betty Carter and Michael Brecker, as well as numerous groups of his own, he also teaches Jazz Drumming Lessons as Full Professor at Berklee College of Music as well as Artist in Residence at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Holland.
Aptly titled ‘Jazz Drumming Demystified‘, Ralph generously shares his jazz drumming lesson wisdom here and offers a ‘method to the madness’, laying down a clear path for the aspiring jazz drummer.
From Mechanics – developing the “What” and “How”… to Total Musicality – the Art of “When”, “Where” and “Why”. It’s all there.
“Ralph Peterson! This guy is so studied. He really breaks concepts down. Really articulate jazz drumming teacher! He has studied with the best. Much of Alan Dawson’s jazz drumming approach is made very clear and approachable. This DVD is definitely a gem!” Aaron Hipschman, Palo Alto, CA, via Amazon.com
Jazz Drumming Lessons include:
* Grip & Fulcrum
* How to get a great Sound
* Mechanics & Vocabulary
* The Rudimental Pyramid
* Syncopation Exercises
* Concept vs. Instinct
* Feathering the Bass Drum
* Mastering Playing Fast Jazz Drumming Lesson
* Playing Brushes
* The Art of Listening
And LOTS more Jazz Drumming Lessons…
PLUS: a 50-minute Interview!
Amazon.com review with this lovely headline: Finally a DVD that lives up to its claims…
“I have always been disappointed with the lackluster content of jazz drumming DVDs that have “creativity” or “musicality” in their title.
Seems lots of good players cannot adequately and clearly convey what they do or why they do it.
Ralph Peterson is one of those rare individuals whose ability to concisely articulate the hows and whys of jazz drumming is equal to his fantastic playing.
This DVD is loaded with educated, experienced, and practical insights on general and specific levels across the complete spectrum of this art. It may take several repeated viewings to really take home everything he has to convey. Most of the time watching a DVD feels like watching a DVD. Ralph Peterson’s personality and communicative ability come across so well it almost feels like he’s in the room with the viewer. He provides some important insight on the styles of many of the greats such as Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, and Elvin Jones. There are ensemble playing examples where he will walk the viewer through parts of the song and explain what he’s playing, why he’s playing it, and the relationship between what he’s playing and what is being played by the other musicians in the ensemble. There is much more, but suffice to say that this is a great DVD for drummers looking to develop musicality in both accompaniment and solos.“
Jeffrey Guthery, Renton, WA, via Amazon.com
“Ralph Peterson taking the time to explains things correctly?!?! This can’t be true. Well, IT IS.
This is an AMAZING resource! It’s Ralph Peterson, one of the greatest jazz drummers of our time, providing a thorough and understandable method for working towards mastery. I bought it after seeing some clips of it on youtube and I freaked out.
My experience with many drum videos has been that they lack a cohesive program.
This is totally different. It’s very well thought out and logically sequenced. Ralph provides a great understanding about playing from the mechanics to being able to play in context. Like the great drum books (Chapin, Reed, etc.), this video is the real deal. I’m looking forward to spending lots of time working through this.” Max Shaw, Bronx, NY, via Amazon.com
“I think this is a first class piece of work. It is clearly shot in HD and easy to view.
The jazz drumming lesson examples are clear, logical and relevant, and will help those who pay attention to understand the why of what we do, and how to better serve the music. In my view, this is a new benchmark for drum set instructional video.
Many videos cover the mechanics of getting around the kit, or nuances of a given style; few treat, as deeply or meaningfully as this, what the music asks us to do. It’s really about using the instrument to make the music come alive.
Aside from being a world class musician who plays the heck out of the drums (and trumpet), Ralph is also a superb communicator and teacher. This is a rare mix, in my experience. His examples are consistently articulate, clear, Socratic, and often tinged with a bit of humor.“
Nick Costa, Gambrills, MD, via Amazon.com