Transcriptions by Benny Greb Engraving by Willie Rose PDF Design by Willie Rose Photos by Sven Peks DRUM KEY: Benny Greb: The Language of Drumming. Benny Greb: The Language of Drumming Hudson Music presents Benny Greb THE LANGUAGE OF DRUMMING Edited by Joe Bergamini Transcriptions by. Including and expanding on the concepts presented in his best-selling DVD of the same name, Benny here brings forth a wealth of practice material for.
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German drum star Benny Greb has a lot to talk about these days. The twenty-eight-year-old drummer has been such a workaholic that he decided to put aside the first three months of for some personal time, which he spent hiking across the countryside of New Zealand with his girlfriend.
When he returns home to Hamburg, Benny has very little time to reflect before hitting the road for a six-show tour with the funky guitar trio Jerobeam, a month-long excursion with the German singer-songwriter Stoppok, and a lengthy run of clinics and appearances promoting the release of his incredible two-disc instructional DVD, The Language Of Drumming: A System For Musical Expression.
In the beautifully produced Language Of Drummingwhich was filmed in a variety of gorgeous locales from the Swiss Alps to a Bavarian grebb, Greb dumming a systematic yet creative practice method that beny a direct correlation between the essential elements of drumming and the basics of spoken language.
The second DVD puts technique aside and focuses on creativity and musicianship. Here Greb offers logical exercises for practicing improvisation, as well as demo segments on ways to explore different drum sounds and specific systems for developing a strong sense of time. Benny closes his three-hour lesson with an incredible open solo that perfectly illustrates how stunning displays of technique can be simultaneously musical, tasteful, and emotionally thrilling.
The night before he left for his three-month sabbatical, Benny sat down with us for an hour so we could dig a little deeper into some of the fresh bennyy concepts he presents in his DVD. The Language Expanded MD: When did you start working on The Language Of Drumming? I started preparing the DVD about three years ago. Playing that way is similar to what happens when you use one of those cheap foreign language books drummibg learn basic sayings.
Benny Greb – The Language of Drumming: A System for Musical Expression, DVD – Hal Leonard Online
Many drum instructional books and DVDs function that same way. In real life, you have to bring much deeper knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to every situation.
I just feel the word and say it. I wanted to develop a similar emotional connection in my drumming. After all, music is a language. It can make you laugh, it can make you sad, or it can make you dance. And the drum was one of the earliest tools used for communication, so it made sense to me to think of it this way. How do you maintain that level of focus and control? I always fight to keep myself disciplined.
I have to practice first. If I start by playing freely, I have so much fun. And if you have to eat three frogs, eat the biggest one first.
The Language of Drumming Book
A big frog for me is being able to play a groove to a click without any variations for ten minutes or more. I just turn on the click and play a groove as well and spot-on as I can and get into the zone. How do you approach structuring languae drum solo? I like to have a framework of where I want to start, how I want to end, and different stations that I want to go to in the middle.
Benny Greb: Breaking Down The Language Of Drumming
I was fighting that for a while. I tried to have a jazz approach of always expressing myself and not playing anything prepared.
I often start bennj drum solo by playing very little—maybe using a small group of instruments or playing very slowly—so that I have ground to build upon. One signature thing I do is languge double bass samba figure with two hi-hats and a melody. Thd get the samba pattern going with the feet, and then I play the basic melody with the right hand. So basically I have a few set things that I want to play, then I try to make it musical by using contrasting parts, dynamics, different styles, and other things.
Bach explored these concepts a long time ago.