Item description for Ginger Baker: Master Drum Technique by Ginger Baker & Hot Licks...
A unique chance to take drum lessons from an all-time drum legend! The great Ginger Baker takes you through a wide range of techniques, from paradiddles, beat displacement, and tom-tom technique through African rhythms, double-bass drum technique, and much more. He even takes some examples and puts them into a band situation, also demonstrating his famous soloing style. Master Drum Techniques is a must-have for all drummers!
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Actors: Ginger Baker
Directors: Hot Licks
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, NTSC
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Hot Licks
Running Time: 80.00 minutes
Record Label Hot Licks
Format Closed-captioned / Color / DVD / NTSC
Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.224375 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Publisher Hot Licks
ISBN13 0752187439783 UPC 752187439783
Reviews - What do customers think about Ginger Baker: Master Drum Technique?
without doubt one of the best drummers on the planet May 18, 2010
Ginger has a very natural approach to drum instruction without doubt one of the best drummers on the planet. All drummers whether beginner or master level should watch & listen to Ginger on this DVD. It is clear to watch and the sound is very good.
A Must Have Disc For All Drummers! May 5, 2010
I may be a little biased as I have been a fan of Ginger Baker since his days in Cream and he was my inspiration when I first started to play so many years ago. This video really breaks down his style of playing and is a real revelation for players that have tried to copy his style by watching his concert videos or listening to his recordings. When taken in it's components his style is heavily based on the rudiments. This shouldn't have surprised me as in the "Goodbye Cream" concert DVD he mentions this in his interview segment but here it's broken down in lesson format and explained in great detail. He takes basic rudiments and breaks them up over the various components of his his kit making something that's usually very dry and boring sound really fantastic. He really is a good teacher. I have to confess that after high school I never used the rudiments much in my drum kit playing but Ginger really makes you realize the importance of this even to the modern drummer.
I was always impressed with the way Ginger kept his hi-hat going when both his hands and right foot are busy playing complex rhythms. He really is a true ambidextrous player and you get to see that in great detail here. I was also impressed by the fact that he plays different time signatures on his 2 bass drums at the same time. Not your average double bass player. He is the master. I also like how his left foot constantly moves back and forth from the hi-hat pedal to the left bass drum pedal and he does it all seamlessly. You'll never see his playing style better illustrated then it is on this DVD and it puts it in your grasp with enough practice. It's also worth mentioning that the special features new to this DVD edition are the slow-mo/loop section for every lesson on the DVD. This is an indispensable feature for learning these lessons.
If I had any negative to say that would be that the new introduction recorded for this DVD edition by Hot Licks founder Arlen Roth mentions that a booklet that contains all the lessons are included with the DVD. I purchased a new sealed copy and mine did not come with this booklet.
In conclusion I'd simply say the same thing the back of the case for this DVD does, "A must have disc for all drummers!"
Great lesson Oct 19, 2009
I'm not the most experienced drummer in the world, but I have watched Ginger Baker for some time. He is just a interesting as John Bonham or Mick Fleetwood etc. You will appreciate the lessons from this video if you are a serious rock drummer. Cream set all in motion and this is the "MAN" who did it on the drums. Lots of beginner rudiments (man that will sink it), really, you can see why you need to practice and use them. I've seen alot of videos where the instructor was afraid to mention rudiments for fear we would all run off and hide. Well unfortuneately if you dont spend the time practicing them, you lose. Great video get it, practice it, play it live for your friends, who knows maybe it will be the difference in your attitude (about play)?
Great instructional Jul 22, 2008
Being a Ginger Baker fan since I was like 2, I saw this while looking for drum dvds. He demonstrates how to apply rudiments to the kit well. Funny thing was in the African rhythms, he had something in his mouth he had to spit out. That cracks me up. HE is very real, not arrogant, so it is more friendlier to work with. Now let me get back to practicing my Mummy, Daddy's!
Essential Baker Dec 31, 2007
To understand Ginger Baker's playing style (as opposed to merely copying it), one has to understand (at least) 3 things: 1) Drum rudiments, both as a tool of developing technique and as musical elements (applied to the drum kit); 2) African-inspired polyrhythmics; 3) Ambidexterity.
This DVD has information on all three, presented by the man himself. It is also well-annotated and has a section with slowed-down beats to help break the stuff apart. Also interesting are the parts where Baker discusses drum tuning, plays alongside a music number, and introduces a couple of creative sound effects by re-arranging some of the elements of his kit.
For anyone interested in gaining - and appreciating - essential rock drumming skills with a musical, artistic touch this is a must. Fans of Ginger Baker will buy this DVD because of his accent alone.