- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 3 hours, 12 minutes
- Released: April 14, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Hudson Music
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
A creative force on the drums, Benny Greb proves to be an equally innovative instructor with this two-volume release. In THE LANGUAGE OF DRUMMING, Greb reveals his pioneering approach to the instrument, particularly focusing on his 24-character system.
This DVD is a game-changing addition to drum education that contains the method created and used by internationally-acclaimed drummer Benny Greb to develop his awe-inspiring creativity, musicality and technique. Learning to play the drums is like learning to speak a language. Greb's carefully thought-through solution— and a quantum leap in drum education— is to learn the “language of drumming” by starting with its smallest components: the individual “letters” of the rhythmic alphabet. Greb then introduces his revolutionary 24-character system and shows how to use the basic binary and ternary rhythms to develop timing, technique, dynamic control and speed… even the traditional drum rudiments. Covering hands and feet, with and without a practice pad, he quickly progresses from simple alphabetical exercises to more intricate examples of “words” (rhythmic phrases) and “syntax” (sentences and vocabulary) on the full drumset. The second disc goes on to include a vast amount of additional information, from practical discussions about the importance of listening, building fills and solos using improvisational exercises, and developing better time and expanding rhythmic “comfort zones” through creative use of a metronome to ingenious examples of finding new and alternative sounds on the drums. Throughout the entire presentation, Greb flawlessly performs exercises and patterns that illustrate his theories while referring to the comprehensive archive of printable PDF charts and exercises that are included on the discs. The double-DVD also features several drum solos as well as Greb's performances with master percussionist Pete Lockett and the Benny Greb Brass Band plus a wealth of bonus material and is recommended for all drummers (from beginners to professionals) and drum teachers.