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Drumstick Spinology provides the secrets and methodology drummers need to become a part of this legacy. See you on stage!!!
Featuring a new Drum-Line section plus Stick Clicking
THE 56 MINUTE NEW MULTI REGIONAL DVD COMES F*R*E*E* WITH THE BOOK
THE FIRST BOOK EVER ON SPINNING DRUMSTICKS
A unique and complete system!!!
80 pages; 5 chapters: 15 Basic spins, 70 Variations,22 Applications, plus 7 Combination forms, all on DVD!!
The Book: DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY™ is devoted to spinning drumsticks. Drummers will now be able to add a variety of visual effects to spice up their live performances. See below for an overview of the book and DVD.
By the time you get through this body of work, you will have an extensive repertoire of spins to start putting your own show together.
The techniques and method described within will not only give you the tools to develop spinning drumsticks, but will help you to expand your repertoire, create your own spins, and develop your style on the stage by adding to your performance as a drummer and musician.
Drumstick Spinology™ is divided into two sections:
PART ONE is the preparatory material, teaching you everything you will need to know to start spinning. You will learn my unique system for identifying the various parts of the hand and drumstick; see the several ways to grip the sticks; find out which directions it will travel; and try some warm up exercises. Using letters, numbers, words, directions, pictures, and diagrams, you will become familiar with the “jargon” or nomenclature of DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY. I have written, re-written, and re-re written this material several times over the years to help express exactly what each of the various maneuvers called for.
PART TWO teaches you the actual spins and is divided into five chapters:
Chapter 1 describes the 15 BASIC SPINS that will serve as your vocabulary or “alphabet” of spins.
Chapter 2 shows you 70 VARIATIONS (like forward, reverse, switching, walking) and many more extensions of the basic spins.
Chapter 3 is called APPLICATION and this is where you sit down at the drum set and apply these spins to your drumming. (Also included is a page of rhythms that you can play one handed, leaving your other hand free for spinning)
Chapter 4 shows you several COMBINATIONS, putting several spins together to form Spinology routines. These will help you truly MASTER your drumstick spinning!
Chapter 5 is a compilation of ideas for your entertainment, amusement and imagination, to further inspire your creativity with the drumsticks.
The DVD is about 56 minutes and contains the following:
(times are approximate)
20 sec. SMG Inc Intro/credits
2 min. Intro-Live drumming with spinning
2 1/2 min. Explanation of the system
10 min. Chapter 1 (no sound)
15 min. Break down of common spins
18 min. Chapter 2 (no sound)
7 min. Chapter 3 (live application)
5 min. Chapter 4 (no sound)
The intro shot is me playing a funky drumbeat and spinning the sticks all over the place. I talk for a while and explain several things about the book, video, and how things are set up. Then I show you the 15 Basic Spins from Chapter 1 in regular and slow motion. (There is no background music or narration for Chapter 1, so don’t worry your TV’s not broken).
For the “break down” section I take a number of the more common spins used for live playing and break them down one by one. I show you how each spin fits with different tempos and styles, giving you the “inside scoop” (each time with slow motion).
Chapter 2 shows the 70 Variations with the hand and stick(s). With the black background, these spins really came out looking great.
Chapter 3 is again at the drum set, showing 22 Applications for your live playing. Watch out for my extra cool leather vest (my producers idea).
And finally in Chapter 4 are the Combinations, several single spins strung together to form “kata” or dance like routines.
Note: DON’T JUST WATCH THE DVD. Each spin is fully explained in the book. Use the pictures, hand diagram, directions, pertinent information, grips, and observations to better understand what you see in the video performance.
Visual enhancement of a musical performance is not a new idea. From ancient times, drummers have brought pageantry and spectacle to the art of performing. Throughout the ages great drummers have inspired and entertained with their rhythms and personalities. Those with an extra flare for showmanship and choreography have added a favorite spin or two captivating the eyes of the observer. Be it new or old, rock or jazz, small clubs or concert halls…the audiences are in awe. Drums have also played a large part in communication over time. War drums of old conveyed orders to the field, shaman communicated with the spirits, and even Morse code is a kind of drumming language.
I hope that this book and DVD will help to inspire a new generation of drummers.