Lessons: Breaking the Code by David Garibaldi
Genre: Drumming lessons
The comfortable sound and feel of the funk style have become the rhythmic foundation of modern rock, pop, R&B and hip-hop music, and in Breaking The Code Garibaldi offers an overview of the general concepts and techniques used to create funk drumming’s characteristic sounds and infectious grooves while showcasing his own contributions to the style.
This video is a great one if you like to play funk on the drums. He covers the importance of ghosting the notes and using two different stick heights during your playing. Simple, yet informative. All in all, a good DVD from a great funk drummer. Makes you feel like you are taking a lesson from him, especially towards the end of the DVD when he is sort of instructing. Well worth it if you are into funk playing. Could help rock players as well. If your interested in funk drumming...this is the book/cd for you. It's fairly advanced material so would not be appropriate for a beginner. Good stuff. It gives you things to work. And work you must to get just a few of the skills that this monster player will share. He is a great educator. Everything is well-explained. His concepts are amazing. His philosophy in drumming is profound.
Garibaldi is an amazing drummer with a unique approach that can help elevate any drummer's skill level and repertoire no matter what genre(s) you play. I would recommend using it along with the book "The Code of Funk" which comes with the play along cd. I think it is great that some of the most successful drummers have made dvd's which allows the drumming community the opportunity to learn with masters when we otherwise never would have had the chance. Really immersing yourself in a dvd like this can't help but broaden your view of things.