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ChuckSilverman 01-16-2007 04:20 PM

Chuck Silverman here!
 
hey fellow rhythmatists

It's about time I posted something here. It's early morning in Los Angeles. As usual, my two dogs wake me up, then they go back to sleep!

Just a brief note to say "hello" to all. What an amazing site this is! Bernhard has done an amazing thing, creating this forum and site for us all.

Some of you might know, I'm very involved with Cuban drums and drumming and culture. I've been very influenced by this great music, as well as the phenomenal rhythms from Brasil. And for those of you who don't know about it, Candombe rhythms from Uruguay are also amazing. Of course, the drummers of James Brown have been a great influence as well.

Hope you're all well and enjoying 2007.

All the best,

Chuck S.

NUTHA JASON 01-16-2007 05:05 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman
 
welcome welcome.

wow, i remember reading about you in modern drummer as a kid. great to have an afrocaribean master drummer and teacher here.
j
http://www.drummerworld.com/pics/dru...silverman1.jpg

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers...Silverman.html

NUTHA JASON 01-16-2007 05:08 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman
 
so a first question...

i'm asking all the pros this question. i think the answers could be very instructive to many of us.
let's say there was a totally new drum rudiment that was suddenly discovered and was so totally applicable that any drummer worth their salt would quickly try to learn it, master it and use it in recordings and gigs. this hypothetical new rudiment is quite hard to play and totally unrelated to any other rudiment. it is so good that you know that the next time you sit in on a session the writer is probably going to ask you to use it somewhere in their song.
my question is: starting from scratch what would be your way of learning it?

thanks
j

DogBreath 01-16-2007 05:30 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman
 
Welcome sir and thank you for joining us. For those interested in some amazing educational books and videos, take a look at Chuck's website and especially the 3 "Practical Application" books and CDs.

Chuck, it's nice to know that there are a few of us here who have canine alarm clocks.

Chuck Silverman's home page

Chuck Silverman on DrummerWorld

wy yung 01-16-2007 07:27 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Nice to see you here Chuck. I first bought a Chuck Silverman educational package way back in the day they came with cassettes. I've bought several since and never regretted it.

Thanks for your efforts Chuck. They are very much appreciated at this end.

mind_drummer 01-16-2007 07:39 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Hi Chuck

Welcome on drummerworld

I just want to say that loved reading your Modern Drummer Afro/cuban/latin articles. I still have some copies in PDF files which I printed for my drums lessons book.

ChuckSilverman 01-17-2007 08:27 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
it's very cool being here. I've posted some info already on another thread about grooving, probably the key area that I work on with my students and something I get the most joy out of behind the drums, congas and timbales (with an occasional maraca or güiro thrown in). I hope to have the time to read more interesting posts and reply as well.
This year I celebrate 40 years of playing drums. Amazing. And still so much more to do. Now where did I put my double pedal....

Chuck S

Ps my dogs are asleep...ready to pounce on me at 6 AM. Help!!

mind_drummer 01-17-2007 03:30 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckSilverman (Post 265290)
it's very cool being here. I've posted some info already on another thread about grooving, probably the key area that I work on with my students and something I get the most joy out of behind the drums, congas and timbales (with an occasional maraca or güiro thrown in). I hope to have the time to read more interesting posts and reply as well.
This year I celebrate 40 years of playing drums. Amazing. And still so much more to do. Now where did I put my double pedal....

Chuck S

Ps my dogs are asleep...ready to pounce on me at 6 AM. Help!!

Leave them on another room and close the door of your room...

Congrats on your 40 years of sticks bouncing !

ChuckSilverman 01-31-2007 04:01 PM

Chuck S. 31 Jan
 
early AM here in a rainy L.A. I've been working with my MI students on time by using the Beatnik Rhythm Analyzer (very interesting) and by playing along with great tunes by James Brown, Eddie Palmieri, Cuban artists, the Meters, etc. It's a nice mix and a great way to get these drummers to respect the time and respect their role in the music they play.
Just a brief note...

ChuckSilverman 06-25-2007 03:46 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
A brief shout out to all on DrummerWorld! On a break from Musicians Institute. I'll be receiving my DWs soon. I can't wait! I'll post some pics here when they arrive. Been busy with a massive home remodel here and haven't been able to teach at my studio. Today my first student in a while is coming over! If I can assist with any questions,etc. please let me know!
Chuck S

Phil Maturano 06-26-2007 05:17 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
OYE Mang!!! That is great news!! WOW...very nice!

I hope we get to catch up soon!
Un abrazo grandisimo and congrats on the new stuff!!
PM

ChuckSilverman 06-28-2007 03:25 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
oye Phil

donde eres? en Nueva York todavia? dime consorte

CS

Stevesmithfan 06-28-2007 04:06 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Bom dia O Senhor Silverman. Gostei sea musica muito! Eu moram na cidade Rio De Janeiro. Eu sou Americano.
Voce fala Portuguese?

Phil Maturano 06-29-2007 04:28 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckSilverman (Post 328223)
oye Phil

donde eres? en Nueva York todavia? dime consorte

CS

Hahaaaaaaa! Yes I am living in NY. I love it here. Coming for a visit soon?

Abrazo
PM

Frontloop 08-16-2007 06:16 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Hi Chuck,

it´s Marc from Germany.
How are you doing?
I am still working on the Spivack technique,
thanks again for these great videos.
I def need another lesson soon....
All the best

Marc

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-12-2008 06:10 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Hi Chuck-

How have you been. It has been a while..All my best.

John

Mike Michalkow 04-19-2008 08:00 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Hey Chuck!

How've you been?! We need to hook up when I'm in LA. All the best and stay in touch. mike

ChuckSilverman 09-24-2008 07:14 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
just a brief note to say that my studio is up and running and I'm thrilled. I hope by the end of the week to be able to teach via iChat or Yahoo.

Be in touch with questions, comments, etc.

Thanks

CHuck

ChuckSilverman 12-21-2008 04:26 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
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Wishing everyone a Joyous Holiday Season!

Chuck y família

Matty G. 12-23-2008 07:36 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Hey Chuck! I remember first seeing you at a joint clinic with Ed Shaugnessy at Long Beach State. You were great!

My question; when it comes to doing fills in latin music, such as on a songo in a latin jazz setting, what are the rules for creating phrases that expand upon the groove without destroying it? I've been playing the songo and other latin grooves for years but still have a relatively limited vocabulary when it comes to making longer phrases, fills, etc. I try to avoid playing fills that go right to '1', cause they seem too obvious. On the other hand, I don't want to play too complex, over the barline, etc. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?

ChuckSilverman 12-29-2008 02:59 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Matty G. (Post 517583)
Hey Chuck! I remember first seeing you at a joint clinic with Ed Shaugnessy at Long Beach State. You were great!

My question; when it comes to doing fills in latin music, such as on a songo in a latin jazz setting, what are the rules for creating phrases that expand upon the groove without destroying it? I've been playing the songo and other latin grooves for years but still have a relatively limited vocabulary when it comes to making longer phrases, fills, etc. I try to avoid playing fills that go right to '1', cause they seem too obvious. On the other hand, I don't want to play too complex, over the barline, etc. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?

hey Matty

Great question...do you have a couple of years for some answers? You ask "what are the rules for creating phrases that expand upon the groove without destroying it?"

Well, there's this concept of "playing in clave" which is a key when playing Cuban music. It's not about actually playing the clave rhythm. It's more like really _knowing_ and/or _owning_ the subdivisions. Now that may seem a little "brainy" when it comes to actually playing music. So, let me say, it's a balance between a more organic approach, which translates to "feel", and the more "educated" approach when it comes to the concept of owning the subdivisions. (Is this making sense?)

A relatively easy way to begin:

1. Take the most basic of cáscara grooves and orchestrate this as a fill, perhaps ending on the last note of the "2-3" with a cymbal crash and rim shot. That would sound pretty good. (Try just the "3" part of the cáscara for a shorter pharse). Understood?

2. Here's a link to something I do and have done which is transcribe solos and then apply them to the drum set. Check this out, for inspiration:


Let me know if this helps you at all. I have a million more ideas...

Chuck

ChuckSilverman 01-01-2009 02:03 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here! Happy And Healthy 2009!
 
Salud Dinero y Amor pa' todo!!

Chuck and family

Matty G. 01-05-2009 05:43 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckSilverman (Post 519938)
hey Matty

Great question...do you have a couple of years for some answers? You ask "what are the rules for creating phrases that expand upon the groove without destroying it?"

Well, there's this concept of "playing in clave" which is a key when playing Cuban music. It's not about actually playing the clave rhythm. It's more like really _knowing_ and/or _owning_ the subdivisions. Now that may seem a little "brainy" when it comes to actually playing music. So, let me say, it's a balance between a more organic approach, which translates to "feel", and the more "educated" approach when it comes to the concept of owning the subdivisions. (Is this making sense?)

A relatively easy way to begin:

1. Take the most basic of cáscara grooves and orchestrate this as a fill, perhaps ending on the last note of the "2-3" with a cymbal crash and rim shot. That would sound pretty good. (Try just the "3" part of the cáscara for a shorter pharse). Understood?

2. Here's a link to something I do and have done which is transcribe solos and then apply them to the drum set. Check this out, for inspiration:


Let me know if this helps you at all. I have a million more ideas...

Chuck

Haha. Yeah, I know that question has a loooonggg answer :) I know what you're saying about playing 'in clave'. Orchestrating the cascara around the drumset is a great idea! That was the exact answer I was looking for. I will check out the transcription, as well. Thanks so much for the response!

ChuckSilverman 03-16-2009 03:35 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
hey friends

Hope everyone's doing great. Recently, I've been posting videos to my youtube site which is http://youtube.com/palito32

Also, I have a new DVD production coming out real soon titled The Latin Funk Connection.
There's a demo of the DVD on the youtube site.

I'm in Facebook as well. Kind of a fun place, if I had the time!

Talk/chat/IM with some of you soon,

Chuck

ChuckSilverman 03-30-2009 03:12 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
hey everyone

I'm happy to announce that I've signed with Cherry Lane Music to produce my first of what I hope will be several DVDs, The Latin Funk Connection. We don't have a release date yet, but since the video has already been shot and edited, it shouldnt be long. (http://youtube.com/palito32 for a demo and other footage, lessons, etc.)

Also, my interview/lessons article, Drumset Artists of Brasil will be in Modern Drummer within the next few months. This interview article features six top Brazilian drummers plus tons of lessons, many of which are beautifully constructed pieces of music.

Thanks for being in touch.

Chuck

branflakes992 06-25-2009 04:28 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Hey Chuck,
You always hear improvised afro-cuban patterns on drum set by a bunch of good players. How can I build my improvisational skills when it comes to making a pattern?

ChuckSilverman 07-01-2009 04:06 PM

developing improvisational skills
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by branflakes992 (Post 588769)
Hey Chuck,
You always hear improvised afro-cuban patterns on drum set by a bunch of good players. How can I build my improvisational skills when it comes to making a pattern?

hey and thanks for writing.
Improvisational skills can be gained by, well honestly, playing. You have to have some basic foundational ideas "down" first. In this way, others with whom you are playing will feel comfortable. This will give you the opportunity to play and soon, to attempt to improvise.
I have some ideas I've used with my own playing and, then, with my students. I'll try, this week, to get them online either as transcription type lessons or on youtube. Very basically, I've taken some important rhythms played by the quinto (drum used in rumba) and transferred them to the drum set.
btw, I do teach by DVD and, soon, online.

Thanks for your interest!

Chuck

ChuckSilverman 01-09-2010 05:44 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
My new DVD, The Latin Funk Connection has been released! I'm really excited that this information is now available. If this video does well I will then be releasing more information, detailing my 40+ years of drums and drumming.

Check out a little demo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yc3jBwSmKU

You can order from here:
http://chucksilverman.com/order_form.html

Thanks so much for your interest!

Chuck

schwheels 02-19-2010 07:34 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Here's a link to the updated version of the preview video "The Latin Funk Connection".

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldQ8zEO4CWM

ChuckSilverman 03-07-2010 06:15 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!. Master Classes in Missouri.end of March
 
hey friends

I'll be at Shivelbine Music in Cape Girardeau, MO March 30 and 31, Master Classes and Private Lessons.

I'll also be at Drum Headquarters and/or SideTrack Studios in St Louis, March 28 and 29. Master Classes and Private Lessons

Be in touch and I hope to see you there!

Chuck

ChuckSilverman 03-16-2010 03:52 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
I'm seriously proud of all my Level 3 graduating students at Musicians Institute. They all passed! which is always good.

My Final Exam was having them perform one of the songo tunes from my playalong book/CD, Practical Playalongs.
This is the youtube video of me playing the song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu7Iq1dv3rU

Their chart was much easier. The video of me playing their Final, according to their assignment is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPr62fMmWro

Best of luck to all the graduates of the Drum Program!

CS

thedrumninja 05-27-2010 07:10 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Hey Chuck, glad your on the road back to health buddy!

ChuckSilverman 05-31-2010 05:06 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by thedrumninja (Post 705301)
Hey Chuck, glad your on the road back to health buddy!

Thanks oh Drum Ninja. Anyone interested can read about my recent health challenges at http://chucksilverman.com/ProTipsBlog.html

Thank you and thanks to all for your support, friendship, prayers, and love.

Chuck

Joe Morris 06-29-2010 03:06 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
CHUCK WHATS UP MAN!!! BEEN A WHILE

ChuckSilverman 07-06-2010 12:08 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
really nice interview here:

http://www.davidadrianmusic.com/inde...rman-interview

ChuckSilverman 07-06-2010 12:09 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Joe Morris (Post 717430)
CHUCK WHATS UP MAN!!! BEEN A WHILE

hey Joe

shoot me your number. let's talk ok?

Chuck

Deltadrummer 07-06-2010 12:12 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
HI Chuck,

How was Cuba?

ChuckSilverman 07-18-2010 01:00 AM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Cuba...I just returned two weeks ago....is an amazing place. For music, art, culture...especially culture. The people are really just so...well, I am so in love with this place. I'm sure those who know me would understand that last statement.

I organize drum/percussion Research Programs to Cuba.

I am planning my next trip Dec. 19, 2010 - Jan. 2, 2011. If anyone'd like information, please let me know.

Chuck

ChuckSilverman 01-01-2011 05:00 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Friends

Thank you for your interest in my work as musician/author/educator and, if you have purchased any of my drum education productions. I have two new productions, whose description can be found here:

http://chucksilverman.com/media/media.html


This is my new DVD and eBook which demonstrates the teachings of my two Snare Technique teachers, Richard Wilson and Murray Spivack. There's just not enough information out there about these two Masters of snare drum technique. I very humbly give my take on their instruction which has influenced me and, I hope, many of my students.

These are all digital downloads and can be ordered at the following URLs.

Basic Snare Drum Technique DVD http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1383899


Basic Snare Drum Technique eBook http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1384316


Bundled Basic Snare Drum Technique DVD/eBook http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1384317

Once again, thank you for your interest and support. A Happy and Healthy 2011 to all of you.

Very best,

Chuck Silverman

moontheloon 04-07-2011 08:09 PM

Re: Chuck Silverman here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckSilverman (Post 783216)
Friends

Thank you for your interest in my work as musician/author/educator and, if you have purchased any of my drum education productions. I have two new productions, whose description can be found here:

http://chucksilverman.com/media/media.html


This is my new DVD and eBook which demonstrates the teachings of my two Snare Technique teachers, Richard Wilson and Murray Spivack. There's just not enough information out there about these two Masters of snare drum technique. I very humbly give my take on their instruction which has influenced me and, I hope, many of my students.

These are all digital downloads and can be ordered at the following URLs.

Basic Snare Drum Technique DVD http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1383899


Basic Snare Drum Technique eBook http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1384316


Bundled Basic Snare Drum Technique DVD/eBook http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1384317

Once again, thank you for your interest and support. A Happy and Healthy 2011 to all of you.

Very best,

Chuck Silverman


hey Chuck

you were a teacher of mine at MI in Hollywood back around 1999/2000

I had an Afro Cuban class....and a James Brown class with you.......and you changed the way I looked at drumming......

today I am an educator myself and you teaching techniques have stuck with me through the years....

I use your James Brown book almost daily when teaching..

thank you for being one of the best teachers/drummer I have ever known

Anthony Amodeo


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