John Blackwell, world-class groove master and drummer with Prince, offers his approach to developing the amazing technique he has transform know for, including key exercises that he used as a student, and still uses as of late, demonstrations with bassist Baron Browne, performances with his great band, Matrix, and more. Includes brilliant performance footage from the Up to date Drummer Festival 2002 and studio footage that features Baron Browne. Segments include: Heroes and Influences, Practicing, Teachers, Building a Solo, Single-Hand Rolls, Single-Pedal Technique, Building a Groove, Shuffles and a detailed demonstration of his implausible Stick Twirling Technique. Included is footage of John s entire performance at Up to date Drummer Festival 2002 with Matrix.
Building a drum solo Single hand rolls Single pedal technique Stick twirling technique Footage of live performance with Matrix Special DVD features include interviews, photo gallery, and more
John Blackwell Technique Grooving And Showmanship Stick twirling technique He also shows, in detail, his amazing stick twirling technique, and explains how he used to be influenced and inspired by heroes like Lionel Hampton, Sonny Payne and Gene Krupa
Up to date Drummer Festival 2002 Also included on Technique, Grooving and Showmanship is implausible footage of John’s performance on the Up to date Drummer Festival 2002 with his band Matrix, featuring Tom Coster, Baron Browne and Bruce Bartlett
An excellent segment on grooving features John in the studio with Baron Browne on bass, playing and discussing styles that come with funk, jazz, blues and funk ballads
Special DVD Features: A camera-switching option an optional remark by John historic clips of a few of John’s biggest stick-twirling influences, with a narration by John interviews with John and with his father, John Blackwell Sr