VIC FIRTH PRESENTS:
WE WANT THE FUNK!
A Journey Through the History of R&B Drumming

Excerpted from the critically acclaimed "COMMANDMENTS OF R&B DRUMMING" series, Vic Firth is happy to present "We Want The Funk" – a historical perspective on the grooves and drummers that shaped modern music.

Presented by Zoro and Daniel Glass, this series of video lessons will feature a new groove and transcription each week – starting in the 1940s when shuffles ruled the airwaves, through the dawning of drum-machine inspired hip-hop beats in the late 1970s.

Travel with us through this fascinating time as Zoro demonstrates and discusses each groove. Learn about the drummers who charted the course and the technique that goes into making the groove feel great!

 

NEW! Check out Zoro & Daniel's PASIC Clinic!

   
An introduction to the project

About "The Commandments of R&B Drumming" Series:

Available from Alfred Music Publishing, "The Commandments of R&B Drumming" series is a historical and in-depth study of R&B drumming, from the early years of rhythm and blues of the 1940s to soul to funk to hip-hop. Here are the products in this highly acclaimed series:

Loaded with history, photos, graphics, exercises and transcriptions, "The Commandments of Early Rhythm & Blues Drumming" brings to live a little-known, but highly influential, period of drumming history that paved the way for all the modern styles heard on the airwaves today - and includes the most comprehensive guide to shuffle playing ever written! Winner of the 2009 Book of the Year in Drum! magazine's reader's poll.

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The original book in the series, The Commandments of R&B Drumming" is an in-depth, historical study of early soul, funk and rock 'n roll - from the late 1950s through the beginnings of hip-hop in the 1990s. With 160 pages, Zoro covers every imaginable angle, nook and cranny of R&B drumming. Voted the #1 educational drum book in the world by Modern Drummer Magazine's reader's poll.

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Featuring 14 of the funkiest tunes in significant sub-genres like gospel, blues, soul, funk, go-go, new jack swing, and hip-hop, "The Commandments of R&B Play-Along" package chronologically documents the evolution of R&B drumming from the 1950s through the late 90s. The CD includes original songs by R&B legends such as James Brown, The Meters, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson.

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In the award winning "Commandments of R&B Drumming" DVD, Zoro brings his intense passion for funky music to life with a very in depth and entertaining look at the history of Rhythm & Blues music and drummers. His unique presentation delves into the evolution of R&B drumming by demonstrating grooves that span a 100-year timeline, from gospel and New Orleans, to funk and hip hop. A must have for drummers who are serious about groove!! 

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Take the Historical Journey:

1946 Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens


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1948 Good Rockin' Tonight


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1954 Hoochie Coochie Man


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1955 Bo Diddley


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1956 Blueberry Hill


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1956 I'm Walkin'


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About the Artists:

Zoro

Zoro is an internationally known rock star and the consummate definition of the rare man who marches to the beat of a different drum. One of the world’s most renowned and respected drummers, he has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The New Edition, Jody Watley, Sean Lennon, Philip Bailey, Lisa Marie Presley, among many others.

Zoro’s worldwide appeal is evident from his numerous awards and accolades. He is consistently voted "#1 R&B Drummer & Educator" in Modern Drummer, Drum! and Rhythm Magazines. The author of several books, his current work-in-progress is destined to provide inspiration to readers of all ages for the fulfillment of dreams. The “Minister of Groove” has been the subject of dozens of print, radio and television stories for more than two decades.

He has been described as tenacious, dedicated, and passionate – qualities that stand out to anyone who crosses his path. Not your stereotypical rock star, Zoro is a positive role model whose example of hard work and clean living has served as an inspiration to generations.

Don't miss Zoro's artist feature, including clips from his performance
at the 2005 Modern Drummer Festival and and exclusive video interview!

For more information, visit Zoro online at www.zorothedrummer.com



Get YOUR groove on with Zoro's Vic Firth Signature Sticks!


Zoro Signature Stick (SZ)
An enlarged SD4 with a barrel tip for great tone while grooving on the cymbals and hi-hat. Light and fast for R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Fusion.
L = 16 3/8", Dia. =.555"


Daniel Glass

Drumset artist Daniel Glass received a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in Boston and, in 1991 moved to Los Angeles to continue his musical training at the Dick Grove School of Music. Upon graduation, Glass worked as a freelance musician in Los Angeles, recording for a variety of independent labels and touring with jazz singer Barbara Morrison and veteran blues guitarist Debbie Davies. He has been a student of Freddie Gruber since 1992.

In 1994, Glass joined the “retro-Swing” group Royal Crown Revue. The group has released several recordings including Mugzy’s Move (1996), Caught in the Act (1997), The Contender (1998), Walk on Fire (1999), and Passport to Australia (2001). Glass produced Royal Crown Revue’s 2004 release, Greetings from Hollywood. Currently, Royal Crown Revue tours the festival circuit in Europe, Australia, and Japan. In addition to Royal Crown Revue, Glass has performed and recorded with a variety of artists including Gene Simmons, Bette Midler, Freddy Cole, Al Viola, Page Cavanaugh, Mike Ness, Johnny Boyd, and rockabilly performer Robert Gordon. In 2002, Glass released his debut CD Something Colorful as the leader of The Daniel Glass Trio.

In addition to his work as musician and producer, he is an author, clinician, and music historian. Glass has published three books: The Ultimate History of Rock’n’Roll Drumming: 1948-2000 (2005), The RCR Drum Transcription Book (2002), and Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming (2008) with Zoro.

For more information, visit Daniel online at www.danielglass.com

Vic Firth wishes to thank Dustin Ransom for the transcriptions to these tracks!



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