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Steve Smith - Drum Set Technique / History Of The U.S. Beat [DVD]

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  • Actors: Steve Smith
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Hudson Music
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 278 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007CWI6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,108 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Drumming instructional programme from former Journey skinsman, Steve Smith. Smith presents an encyclopedic instruction on drum kit techniques, styles and a disc entitled 'The History Of The US Beat' in which he illustrates the evolution of the drum kit in US music, from early Jazz to modern rock.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, in depth, skillful and humble 17 Dec 2006
Steve Smith explains, from the ground up, how to play the drums. He doesn't waste time though, so it's a steep curve for any beginner/average drummer. If you want to know how to hold your sticks, use the bass drum/hi-hat, get some independance and start sounding like you've got a groove, this is definitely an amazing tool to get you started (and finished).

I thoroughly recommend it to anyone. This DVD, together with Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials DVD is enough to keep me learning for the next few months (at least). To cap it off, he seems a really nice guy who's not at all up himself and who has a nice, clear way of explaining things.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of the U.S. Beat 31 Oct 2005
Not for beginner drummers. Advanced drummers who want to improve their technique, this is for you.
This dvd is fantastic, very well executed. This dvd explains technical essentials starting from the traditional grip right through to fusion grooves, the dvd moves very fast, as it has a lot to cover and explains the techniques quite throughly.
i feel that more fills could have been included in the dvd along with general grooves and variations of grooves, however i suppose the purpose of this dvd is technique and execution.
It is advised to watch a little bit at a time as even ten minutes can overwhelm you as the content is huge. However the content is quite difficult and it took me over an hour to be able to perform the first traditional grip exercise.
A detailed guide through the history and transitions from beat to beat is cleverly and thoughtfully performed and explained. The backing band are very good and play effortlessly and i very much recommend this dvd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another hit and miss technique video 14 Jun 2009
By Dave
It's getting on a bit now, but I bought this product mainly for the 'history of the U.S. beat' part, which describes, with musical examples, how the grooves that we know and understand today have come about.

I have to say, I felt a little let down by it at first. It's not that it isn't good, but I was hoping that Steve would go into even more detail than he does about stylistic developments and so forth. That said, it does hold a lot of information.

As well as talking a little bit about each style of music, he changes his kit set up for each tune and talks (albeit briefly) about how the kit developed with the music. It's all pretty good information until he gets to the later stages (60s/70s) when he kind of jacks the whole thing in and launches into a set by his own fusion band, Vital Information. Again, this is great to watch, but doesn't really feel like what I was promised on the cover. I think that this second disc will be of real use to beginners who want to know about early drumming styles, as it gives a really excellent overview of these, but if you already know a bit about it, there won't be much here you haven't figured out already.

The technique part is kind of the opposite - there's enough information there to keep you going for years, all condensed down into one film which, if you watch it from start to finish, will have you severely scratching your head by the end. For example, Steve explains a particular foot technique he uses (one of many) which he says he practised for 6 months without even playing a note, just to get it started. To be honest, there's not a great deal that a competent drum teacher couldn't show you anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Smith DVD 10 Dec 2011
By Drummer
Drumset Technique/History Of T [DVD]
This is a great DVD it shows you how to practise properly and shows great hand and foot technique. Steve is an amazing player up there with the top best drummers. I think this is a must have DVD if you are really keen to learn the drums and improve. The downside is the music isn't great, it is very jazzy in places. It goes on along time and could perhaps of been condensed a little.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Steve, what a piece of work! 22 Jan 2004
By R. Lindeboom - Published on
First off: I was never a huge fan of Journey, so any effusive prose that may come from the tips of my little fingoids as I type is not coming from there. ;o) Steve is one of the most well-rounded and musically diverse drummers that I've ever seen. He plays it all and does it amazingly well. I've been playing since 1964 and have taught my son to play and am now starting to teach my grandson. My son was blown away when he came to my house and watched some of this DVD with me. In less than an hour, Steve had shown my son an appreciation for diverse musicial styles that I'd been trying to open him up to for years. Steve is *that* good as a teacher. I don't think I've ever seen better. While I would indeed rank this as an intermediate-to-advanced instructional DVD, he succeeds wonderfully in communicating his techniques for expanding your own expertise on the drums. The only thing that I find a drawback is that when I watch it, I am distinctly jealous of those just starting out in their young drumming careers today and who have great instruction like this to begin with. :o) This is amazing stuff. I own many drum technique video/DVD sets and this is the best of the breed. If I could give it 10 stars, I would. Thanks Steve for giving fresh inspiration to a grandpa who still loves to drum and who can't wait for his next chance to kick some ass behind the kit, and is truly grateful that I can get this kind of instruction to my son and grandson so that one day they can blast past the old man -- but they're going to have to work at it to do so, I ain't giving in that easy! ;o)
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD - Excellent Value 18 Dec 2003
By Todd - Published on
I never thought I'd call a $50 DVD a great value, but this is. Disc #1 is your own personal lesson with the Master himself. The hand and foot techniques are tremendous. I really enjoy disc #2. The historic band with Steve on a vintage drum set is a treat. Then they get into a long set with Vital Information where you can see the practical applications of the techniques he taught in disc #1. Be sure to check out the extras. I didn't see the hi-hat thing at first, but WOW. I had no idea you could do that with a hi-hat!
A nice feature is that you have the option to play only the music without the talking in between, or even just the solos if that's all you're in the mood to view.
I don't have any other instructional DVD's to compare this to, but it was recommended to me by a pro as the ONE to get. I have to agree!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent 10 Nov 2004
By alper ercan - Published on
Having bought lots of so called instructional DVD's, and being disappointed with the majority of them, I was very reluctant to buy this DVD.

Being a rock-oriented drummer, my personal influences are far more different, so I was a little bit prejudiced towards fusion type drummers, as their main strength is their technical ability, but some of them are lacking in terms of feeling, power and passion required and unable to create a "pulse" as defined by Steve himself.

Steve Smith is awesome and inspiring and he blew my mind away. One should not dare to criticise Steve Smith as a drummer because he definitely is one of the masters of drumming.

I believe that intermediate and advanced drummers can really learn from this DVD and improve themselves as a result. The information given on drumset technique is a very valuable tool and it opened my eyes on some issues even after 17 years of playing. I liked the "history of the U.S beat" part very much, especially the incredible performance with the "Vital Information".
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 10 Jan 2003
By joaquim cardoso - Published on
The best instructional video/DVD ever, more than 4:30 hours, including PDF files with charts and exercises!! Awesome!!
I'll be spending the next couple of years studying with "my personal" teacher Steve Smith.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Instruction. 24 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on
One of the best instructional DVD's I have seen. Steve is a monster drummer and a great teacher. The information on his left hand technique is worth the price of the DVD by itself.
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