Musicademy - Worship Drums Course: Beginners Box Set Vol 1-3

Published Thursday 30th October 2008
Musicademy - Worship Drums Course: Beginners Box Set Vol 1-3
Musicademy - Worship Drums Course: Beginners Box Set Vol 1-3

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Musicademy DBBS
FORMAT: DVD Teaching Resource
RELEASE DATE: 2008-07-14
RRP: £69.99

Reviewed by Andy Cooper

This reviewer has been playing drums in a variety of church contexts for over 20 years. And still there were a few new things to learn during the six hours of lessons and tips presented here! That is a testament to the quality and depth of the training on offer. Much of the advice given in these DVDs would otherwise take a player many years of trial and error and mistakes to discover. Such as how to count in a song on time, or how to quickly tune a tom, or how to do a press roll. It is very difficult to think of any point that has been missed out here. The only one is perhaps technique for the kick drum foot, but apparently that is covered in the intermediate course. Main presenter Colin Brookes has a natural and friendly style, and is able to communicate with clarity and enthusiasm at all times. You feel like you are getting the personal touch, even to the point of him making the occasional mistake and not hiding it with an overdub or re-recording! The multiple camera shots of feet and hands are helpful (though not always in sync), and the main rhythms are also written on the screen as drum music. There is plenty of advice spread through the lessons from professional drummers and worship leaders. A lot of it is helpful, particularly comments from drummer Martin Neil and worship leader Chris Bowater, while others can actually be a bit condescending. But that just gets the budding drummer used to the attitudes to be faced at times in the real world. There is no substitute to regular and sustained practising, but this resource will put you on the fast track to competence with confidence.

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Product Description
Perfect for total beginners to drumming or for existing drummers wanting to go back over the basics.
A full range of beats, rhythms, fills and breaks
Single strokes, double strokes and paradiddles
Good posture, grip, stick and hi hat technique
How to play with a click and develop a better sense of timing
Techniques for playing hymns in a contemporary style
Percussion skills including djembe, conga, digeridoo and more
Choosing and tuning a drum kit

Plus the chance to play along with the Musicademy band learning the drum parts to Here I am to Worship, Beautiful One, Blessed Be Your Name, Indescribable, Your Love is Amazing, Alleluia (Angus Dei), Come now is the Time to Worship and Praise is Rising.

Featuring guest lessons from the new Delirious drummer Paul Evans.

Plus hints, tips and advice from some of the world's leading worship drummers:

Aaron Sterling (Brenton Brown, Natasha Bedingfield)
Martin Neil (Kevin Prosch)
Andrew Small (Stuart Townend, Kylie Minogue)
Doug Matthews (David Ruis)
Dennis Holt (Michael W Smith, The Pointer Sisters)

Six hours of instruction on this 3-DVD box set.

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