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Todd Sucherman's Methods & Mechanics 1
Todd Sucherman’s first Methods and Mechanics instructional DVD set the bar for the genre and won “Best in Show” at NAMM in 2008 as well as “Best Instructional DVD” in Modern Drummer Magazine Reader’s Poll.
Todd Sucherman brings the knowledge of thousands of gigs, shows and recording sessions along with over three decades as a professional drummer to this useful and unique DVD package. Astonishing technique, power and musicality explode from the various musical and solo performances throughout this presentation. Working with artists over a myriad of genres diverse as Styx, Brian Wilson, Spinal Tap, Eric Marienthal, Peter Cetera, John Wetton, Steve Cole, The Falling Wallendas and countless more, there’s a wealth of knowledge imparted that goes way beyond just the technical aspects of drumming. Methods and Mechanics is filled with practical career tips that will help you navigate through the music business as well as mental aspects and cerebral approaches to the art of playing music on the drums. Filmed in 16X9 in High Definition at a stunning location this DVD features music from Styx, Taylor Mills and Jerry Goodman and contains various solos and playing examples in an array of styles as well as technical lessons to enhance your rhythmic and musical vocabulary.
“I got your DVD today. WOW! Really amazing!”-Gavin Harrison
“I’m going to tell everyone what an inspiring and helpful DVD “Methods and Mechanics” is. It is one of the best and most helpful drum DVDs ever. There are some great licks in there that I’m going to be shedding when I get a minute!”–Steve Smith
Todd Sucherman's Methods & Mechanics 2
Todd Sucherman returns with a stunning follow up instructional DVD that is a blue print to survive and thrive as a musician in the 21st century.
Methods and Mechanics II won the 2012 Drummie Award for Best Instructional Drum DVD in DRUM! Magazine and “Best in Show” at NAMM in Los Angeles.
“Finally a sequel that lives up to the original…Five Stars”– Rhythm Magazine UK
“Five Stars”-Modern Drummer Magazine
Methods and Mechanics II: Life on the Road, Songs, Solos, Stories and Lessons takes us on a multi faceted, enlightening and entertaining ride that goes well beyond basic instruction.
Sucherman delivers another “must have” production that encompasses the technical, musical, philosophical and career advice needed to navigate and succeed in today’s musical landscape. Hit the road with Sucherman and get a glimpse of life on a big rock tour and see how musical and personal professionalism meet in real world applications.
Methods and Mechanics II includes:
- 15 song performances with analysis and breakdowns featuring the music of Styx, Taylor Mills and Jerry Goodman
- Styx live performances on tour
- Several solo improvisations
- Extensive look at ghost notes
- Hand exercises and applications
- Odd phrases with paradiddles
- Career conduct and navigational philosophies
- Melodic song form practice ideas
- Concepts for practice routines
- Rhythmic bending
- Overcoming nerves
- Recording session manners
- Gear and monitor tips
- “Quick Tips” and “Professional Suggestions”
- Blooper reel
Todd Sucherman's Methods & Mechanics Companion Book
A Companion Book to the Award-Winning DVD.
The Methods and Mechanics Companion Book is based on Todd’s first award-winning DVD release of the same name.
Co-authored and transcribed by drummer/educator/journalist Brad Schlueter, this book contains note-for-note transcriptions of Todd’s amazing performances on 8 songs and 5 drum solos. The songs represent Todd’s playing with Styx, Jerry Goodman, and Taylor Mills. All 8 songs, as well as 4 play-along tracks, are contained on the included CD.
Covering every note of each song and solo, the amazingly detailed transcriptions are accompanied by analysis and practice suggestions from both Todd and Brad. Also included are bonus lessons on Todd’s approach to double bass drumming and applying rudiments and hybrids to the drum set. This package presents an unprecedented educational analysis of the approach that has made Todd one of the most in-demand and popular rock drummers on the scene today.
Todd’s playing represents both great chops and incredible feel, and all intermediate- to advanced-level drummers will benefit from checking out this material.