Sometimes we have a good day: next day we wonder, when the groove is gone. Sometimes our drums sound great to us - and awful to our band. Sometimes we know what we want, but struggle to make our drums reply.
What has Benny Greb to offer on these subjects? What are my take-aways after my first round of listening to this 3+ hours of material?
Musical Drumming: After running some fruitless websearches and talking about this subject to my teacher he made me aware of Benny's latest DVD. Yes, that's what I'm after, making my drumming sound (even) more musical.
5 Dimensions: Without spoiling Benny encourages to become aware of time, sound, feel, mind and body. Like in mathematics one can't skip any of them to groove as needed ... adding more may not be necessary.
Benny robot: In some scenes he wears a robot costume to visualize the difference between precise drumming as a metronom and muscial drumming. And yes, even a metronom can start sounding musically. And no, I shouldn't time my drumming at random.
Excercises: In almost any chapter Benny encourages to try the concept he just talked about. He says: "Take the reportoir you have, which you are confident in, and try my concept on it." So, basically I can start where I am today and groove forward.
Frank: A joyful, obese bass-guitarist, playing the same 1 bar baseline over and over again (thanks, Frank), just to give Benny the chance to demonstrate, how both together groove differently under the taught concept. Drums can make music shine.
Effects on me: So far I tried may be 2 or 3 exercises ... but I recognize, with the 5 concepts unconciously in mind now, I drum differently, more the way I like. E.g. how many times do I recognize now, that I'm holding my breath during a drum part (body says: "oh, I'm gona die ... so hurry up, man ..."). Or, after sketching my next rhythm on the kit, I now use ghosted 16th-notes and place accents to match my rhytmic idea: helps me much to choose appropriate timing (musical robot, see above).
Suitable for E-drums? Yes, I think so. When that's your instrument at hand, use it and apply Bennys 5 concepts. It works. But I must admit: I more and more fall in love with my tiny A-kit now.
Required drum experience: As I can start, where I am today, I even could benefit if all I can do is a rock beat on quarter notes. However, I think one should be familiar with 16th-notes, perhaps triplets too, to get most out of this DVD ... and to understand some suggestions.
Practical hint: When listening the first time and you are as impatient as I can be, take some note, where to find each exercise. Will save you time next time.
Groove on ; -)
Language: English (video), German (synch)
Buy, e.g. at: http://bennygreb.de/?st_project=the-...ence-of-groove
5 Dimensions: http://drummerszone.media/news/2014/...2014030342.jpg
Benny robot: http://bennygreb.de/wp-content/uploa...eenshot_27.jpg
Frank & Benny: http://www.0daydown.com/wp-content/u.../00377479.jpeg