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Rhythm of the Soul Play-Along Package

Here is a chance for you to "sit-in" with the Dave Weckl Band, playing songs straight from the group's Stretch/Concord '97 release, Rhythm of the Soul.

Each package contains a special play-along CD minus the drums, giving YOU the chance to sit in for Dave and play with these great musicians.

The books include complete charts, detailed suggestions of how to perform the music, term definitions, concepts, musical examples and performance tips. With this package, aspiring players get the chance to play with Jay Oliver (keys), Tom Kennedy (bass), Buzz Feiten and Frank Gambale (guitars), Bob Malach and Steve Tavaglione (saxes), and learn a wealth of techniques for expanding musicality and playing finesse.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU CAN PURCHASE THE FULL RHYTHM OF THE SOUL CD HERE.


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A Natural Evolution:
How to Develop Technique

Produced by Carl Fischer Publishing on DVD and VHS, Dave Weckl's first of three in the series "A Natural Evolution" concentrates on explaining Dave's "natural" approach to the drums. In his very approachable way, with easy to understand language and careful demonstrations using a drum pad and the drum set, Dave explains his new concepts of stick grip/balance, wrist technique, and the rebound approach for both hands and feet, tying it all in with the application of live performances by the Dave Weckl Band (featuring Jay Oliver, Tom Kennedy, Buzz Feiten, and Brandon Fields). A special appearance by Freddie Gruber enriches this educational product.

Bonus features of the DVD include: alternate camera angles, live concert footage from the "Drummers Collective 25th Anniversary Concert in New York," an exclusive interview with Dave Weckl, including in depth discussions on the collection of cymbals he helped create with SABIAN (HHX EVOLUTION-see the GEAR menu!). The DVD is also in both English and Japanese languages.


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A Natural Evolution:
How to Practice

The second Video/DVD in the series, "A Natural Evolution," discusses practicing concepts, things to practice, and applies some of the concepts learned in the first Video/DVD. The viewer gets to see Dave demonstrate and explain his own warm-ups, hand and feet development, independence practice, and other foundational types of practice. Once again, live footage of the Dave Weckl Band is plentiful, with additional live performances by a special acoustic group assembled for the video, featuring Ernie Watts (saxes), Steve Weingart (piano), and Tom Kennedy on acoustic bass.

For the DVD, there is bonus footage including alternate camera angles, new live concert footage from the "Ultimate Drummer's Weekend 2002" concert in Australia, an exclusive interview with Dave, including in-depth discussions on the collection of cymbals he helped create with SABIAN (HHX EVOLUTION-see the GEAR menu!). The DVD is also in both English and Japanese languages.


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A Natural Evolution:
How to Develop Your Own Sound

In this very different video, the first of its kind really, Dave explains and demonstrates all aspects of developing your own sound.

Beginning with how to get a great acoustic sound, Dave walks you through his approach to tuning the kit. He then adds the mics, explaining the various types and their functions, and guides you in suggested selection and placement. Next, he shows the mixing console and explains how frequencies, equalization and phase cancellation can generally affect the sound of the drums and music. He also briefly discusses the use of dynamic processors, such as noise gates, compressors, and reverbs. All of the explanation is clearly demonstrated with visual graphs and audio reinforcement.

This is the most complete sound reinforcement instruction ever developed for percussionists. Of course, great performances by The Dave Weckl Band appear throughout.


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A Natural Evolution:
Exercises for Natural Playing

This book with audio CD is based on the best selling "A Natural Evolution series," full of transcribed exercises from the videos and brand new material. It also includes a bonus play-along chart and music minus Dave for the song "Tiempo de Festival," from The Dave Weckl Band's releases "Perpetual Motion" and "Live (and very plugged in)."


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Ultimate Play-Along Volume II

A truly exceptional AUDIO play-along package allowing the beginner through intermediate drummer to practice with a pre-recorded band. Seven tracks cover a wide range of styles such as straight eights, sixteenth feel, rock shuffle, rock ballad, Latin, straight-ahead jazz and rock 'n roll. The book includes a road map chart for each tune, and Dave's in depth explanations and suggestions/concepts. Used in many teaching establishments worldwide, this package is invaluable for musical development where playing with a band is concerned, while also giving an introduction to reading charts.


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Ultimate Play-Along Volume I

This follow up to part one has been developed so that the beginning to intermediate drummer can practice in a wide range of styles. And it can be done with realistic song/studio performances along with all-star musicians Jay Oliver (keys), Mike Stern (guitar), and John Patitucci (bass). Packages for guitar and bass are also available from Warner Bros.


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Working it Out: Latin Percussion II
 

In this second video from the Working it Out: Latin Percussion series, many styles are covered, from reggae to various Latin rhythms.

Included are some great solos featuring Dave and Walfredo's unique drumset playing, integrating Latin percussion on the drumkit. Walfredo Reyes Sr. is one of the most innovative drummers/percussionists out there, and has been for a very long time, starting many years ago in his homeland of Cuba).

This video, like the first one in the series, addresses drummers and percussionists working together.

It is a very in-depth study of rhythms from different lands and how the two instruments can complement each other and the music. Both videos are highly recommended for instructional and musical entertainment value. The video features performances by Otmaro Ruiz (keys), John Pena (bass), Dave and Walfredo.


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Working it Out: Latin Percussion I

Walfredo Reyes Sr. is one of the most innovative drummers/percussionists on the scene today, and has been for a very long time, starting many years ago in his homeland of Cuba. Dave decided to team up with him and produce two videos that address drummers and percussionists working together.

A very in depth study of rhythms from different lands, and how the two instruments can work together, both videos are highly recommended for instructional and musical entertainment value. Many great live performances from a group Dave put together with Otmaro Ruiz (keys), John Pena (bass), and Dave and Walfredo especially for this video.


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The Next Step

This is really the continuation of Dave's first video, "Back to Basics," as they were both shot at the same time. "The Next Step" gives ideas of what to practice for time keeping, grooves and fills, and a great foundational exercise to develop hand and feet ideas and coordination.

There are also continued performances of material from "Contemporary Drummer + One."


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The Next Step (Book Version)

Features transcriptions and accompanying explanations from Dave's DCI video/DVD of the same name.

Topics include: playing with a sequencer, pulse and groove, creating a drum part, playing accents or 'hits,' displacing the beat, odd time playing, developing a solo vocabulary and more. With CD.


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Back to Basics

In this classic instructional video (his first one, produced in 1988), Dave offers invaluable insights into the fundamentals of drumming technique.

Topics covered include hand and foot technique, practice routines, and drum kit set-up and approach.

Included are several tunes from the play-along package, "Contemporary Drummer One." It is an excellent overview of drum skills for any level of experience.

DVD special features include bonus video performances featuring Dave and Walfredo Reyes Sr., guest performances by Steve Smith and Chad Smith, a complete Dave Weckl catalog preview, printable educational materials utilizing DVD-ROM, and Internet connectivity.


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Back to Basics (book version)

BACK TO BASICS features transcriptions and accompanying text derived from Dave's DCI Video or DVD of the same name.

Topics include: hand technique, stroke exercises, brushes, foot technique, coordinated independence, cymbal approaches and three solo transcriptions. With CD.


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Contemporary Drummer + One

An incredible Audio/Book/Charts play-along package, the first of its kind on this level, produced by Dave and Jay Oliver in 1988, features an all-star band including: Dave, Jay Oliver, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, John Patitucci and Steve Lukather. Even Sheryl Crow sings a great song of Jay's, showing her great vocal capabilities way back then.

The package was conceived and designed for the drummer to help prepare for a real studio situation. A studio chart is included for each of the nine songs, plus a detailed book in which Dave describes his grooves, fills, and his analysis of each chart.

In-depth transcriptions are also part of this now historical, very challenging package.