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meinlman 11-04-2009 10:31 PM

Benny Greb
 
he's coming to my drum shop here in Orlando FL (Drums2go) for a free clinic. a very creative drummer with chops for miles! if your not fimiliar with him, check him out, he grooves BIG TIME!!

Jim Penebaker 11-11-2009 02:04 PM

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I just saw him do a clinic. I was definitely impressed. Not to mention he's a very funny guy.
He had a lot of great things to say about how to setup a practice routine. It wasn't just a guy getting up there and blowing all kinds of chops and then saying goodnight. Very informative.

nolonx 11-11-2009 02:16 PM

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Discovered him this morning.

He's great. He's definitely going to be one of my favourite drummers.
I hope to see him someday in italy.

Cheers

nolonx 11-12-2009 03:43 PM

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Yesterday I ordered his DVD. I'm looking forward to watch it.

ChipJohns 11-15-2009 01:00 AM

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His DVD is pretty good. I am going to catch him in Orlando too. Next week!

Can't wait. He is my fav drummer at the moment. Very talented musician

nolonx 11-17-2009 11:21 AM

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The DVD arrived today.

It's funny.. the only DVD I know where you actually watch the menu :D

wgroove72 11-28-2009 06:24 PM

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Does anyone know if his band 3ergizimmer cd is available in the states?

warrier1 11-28-2009 09:00 PM

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I havent seen it here

meinlman 03-10-2010 05:45 PM

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has anyone heard if he's coming out with "Sand Hats"???

MikeM 05-08-2010 09:20 PM

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Just saw his clinic last night. Not been to a huge number of clinics, but this one was the best I've seen. Of course his drumming is exceptional, but his comments about practicing and time management were very useful and extremely insightful. That, and he's really got an awesome sense of humor.

If anyone gets a chance to see him, don't miss the opportunity.

gwaco 05-08-2010 10:58 PM

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awesome , we're going to see him tomarrow ! and talk about a traveling man , mike if you saw him in Washington yesterday and we'll be seeing him here in Fla tomarrow . , thats some frequent flyer mileage !

KarlCrafton 05-09-2010 12:19 AM

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Yes, his clinic are great, and he is funny too.
You will participate.

Great drumming and a warm person.

Tell him Karl from Huber & Breese in Michigan said Hi!!

Ask him to show his arm stretching technique.....

MikeM 05-09-2010 12:22 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by gwaco (Post 697965)
awesome , we're going to see him tomarrow ! and talk about a traveling man , mike if you saw him in Washington yesterday and we'll be seeing him here in Fla tomarrow . , thats some frequent flyer mileage !

Yeah, he was supposed to be here last week, but got his travel plans hosed up by the volcano. He used his only off day to make up the Seattle clinic. Yesterday morning, he flew in from Pennsylvania and this morning flew out to Florida! That's some dedication there!

He was really funny and was mock apologetic saying that Germans hate to be late and have their schedules disrupted. Everyone was at least as impressed with his friendly and genuine personality as they were his jaw-dropping drumming.

I think you're in for a real treat!

GRUNTERSDAD 05-10-2010 01:18 AM

Benny Greb
 
Just got home from a Benny Greb clinic here in Seminole Florida and I must say he gave the best showing I have seen to date. He was playing a Sonor Delite drum set, and Meinl cymbals and he sounded great. He played a few songs, played a few solos, and answered all questions to the fullest. He has a great sense of humor and was very good at explaining what he was doing even stopping at times to mock his use of English since he is from Germany. Watching his hands closely was amazing as his fingers would leave the stick and return at such a rate that at times it looked as if he had no contact with the stick at all. Very interesting. His main message in his talk was to emphasize HOW you play and not so much WHAT you play. TIMING is very important but is meaningless without GROOVE. The clinic was about 2 hours long and very worthwhile. If you get a chance to see any of the pros, go see them.

gwaco 05-10-2010 02:05 AM

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well , you aren't gonna believe this but i thought it was at seven , not four ! so when we pulled in the parking lot i thought i was early and thats why i got front row parking , duh !
and on top of that when we walked thru the front doors everyone was getting auto's , i'm thinking to myself " weird that they were doing autographs first " but whatever . then john asks what happened , then i reliezed what a dumb ass i was ..........
but even though we missed the clinic he did spend a few minutes chatting with jennifer and giving her autographs AND sticks .
sorry i missed it and you grunt .....

GRUNTERSDAD 05-10-2010 03:58 AM

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I thought you went to see someone in Tampa, Like Peter Erskine???
but you did miss a good show but glad you got to meet him.

Jeff Gordon #24 05-10-2010 04:18 AM

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BG is awesome! Period.

GRUNTERSDAD 05-10-2010 02:41 PM

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Just got home from a Benny Greb clinic here in Seminole Florida and I must say he gave the best showing I have seen to date. He was playing a Sonor Delite drum set, and Meinl cymbals and he sounded great. He played a few songs, played a few solos, and answered all questions to the fullest. He has a great sense of humor and was very good at explaining what he was doing even stopping at times to mock his use of English since he is from Germany. Watching his hands closely was amazing as his fingers would leave the stick and return at such a rate that at times it looked as if he had no contact with the stick at all. Very interesting. His main message in his talk was to emphasize HOW you play and not so much WHAT you play. TIMING is very important but is meaningless without GROOVE. The clinic was about 2 hours long and very worthwhile. If you get a chance to see any of the pros, go see them.

Didn't see this thread when I started another. Posted this Sunday.

During one of his solos he was playing with his hands and scratching his fingernails on the coated snare head, pushing the floor tom against the other floor tom, to click the rims, pushing the snare up against the rack tom to click the rims. Pretty good sound mic'ed. Then he turned his snare over and was playing the resonant side, and scraping the snares with a stick like a cheese grater. Great sounds and a lot of imagination. Of course all of these sounds were in rhythm.

double_G 05-11-2010 04:56 PM

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i know almost nothing about BGs background but everything i have seen him play is technically beautiful, inspiring, musical & completely badass. was introduced to his playing via the Hudson Music promos & can't get enough lately. looking to get that DVD soon...

if you haven't seen this clip, Benny is on fire here...turn it up !
+ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8zlHeDHBFQ

TTNW 05-11-2010 05:22 PM

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GD, what did that Sand Ride sound like in person?

Swiss Matthias 05-11-2010 06:10 PM

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Yeah, I've seen him a few weeks ago, great player, great person!

GRUNTERSDAD 05-11-2010 06:58 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TTNW (Post 699147)
GD, what did that Sand Ride sound like in person?

All of his cymbals sounded great. The ride had great stick sound and a lot of wash. More than I would normally like but maybe I've never heard a great ride before. He also had his sand hats on the set. He said they werent available evrywhere yet. He said he liked thin cymbals and even showed us by pushing down, on a second ride that he crashes, on both side til the sides almost touched the stand. Almost a complete bend like a taco. everyone was amazed. I would have bought the entire set if I had the money and he was willing

TTNW 05-11-2010 07:21 PM

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That's cool. I love thin cymbals. I wish I played out in always-well-mic'd situations where I could play my thin and best sounding cymbals. Unfortunately, I have to bring the beefier cymbals often so I don't have to worry about breaking them to be heard in a loud and often muddy mix.

The Sand ride has intrigued me because I am always on the lookout for a thin ride that has some heavier ride qualities.

ChipJohns 05-16-2010 03:28 PM

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Excellent post GD. Even though I wasn't there I enjoyed your flavor of explanation.
You should think about being a writer you know!

@:-)

Pollyanna 05-16-2010 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by ChipJohns (Post 700956)
Excellent post GD. Even though I wasn't there I enjoyed your flavor of explanation

Agree with Chip and I'm a bit jealous. From what I've seen of Benny's clips, he's a phenomenal player. TIMING and GROOVE ... he has it in spades.

Drum-Head 05-16-2010 06:25 PM

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Awesome drummer, very nice person to meet!

I was lucky enough to meet him and help set up his kit a few years back when I was backlining for a local drum festival. He would walk up to everybody who was working or performing to shake their hand and say a warm "Hi I'm Benny". He made us laugh fooling around with the other drums kits (he had fun with Franky Costanza's double bass kit) during the sound check and later on put on an great entertaining and educational show.

I was really surprised to meet him because I didn't know he would be coming. The truck arrived at the venue to deliver all the kits we had to set up, and while we were unboxing them I was wondering who would be on Sonor that night. Ten minutes later he arrives out of nowhere saying hello and shaking hands with everybody... My jaw dropped! It was funny and very pleasing surprise. After the show I was thanking over and over again my drum teacher for getting me the job.

Here are some of the pictures I manged to take (sorry for the bad quality - I was supposed to be setting up drum up kits not taking pictures hehe!)

Bart Elliott 05-26-2010 03:55 PM

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Here's a 10-minute interview I did with Benny Greb on Monday, May 24th, just after his clinic in Nashville, TN. This is the day after the Modern Drummer Festival and the day before he flies back to Germany.

http://www.drummercafe.com/music-ind...enny-greb.html

nolonx 05-26-2010 09:34 PM

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That was interesting! Thanks :)

ChipJohns 05-26-2010 11:19 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Bart Elliott (Post 704996)
Here's a 10-minute interview I did with Benny Greb on Monday, May 24th, just after his clinic in Nashville, TN. This is the day after the Modern Drummer Festival and the day before he flies back to Germany.

http://www.drummercafe.com/music-ind...enny-greb.html

Very Nice Interview Bart.. Thanks for sharing!

Geri Attrique 09-21-2010 01:57 PM

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Anyone going to the Benny Greb clinic at Just Drums Toronto on Wednesday (Sept 22)? This will be my first drum clinic...I hope there are prizes...I wanna win something!

Benny looks like a riot. Should be fun!

http://www.justdrums.com/index.php?o...tid=2&Itemid=6

ChipJohns 09-21-2010 10:49 PM

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He's going to be in Atlanta, GA USA on Saturday Sep p25. I'll be there! My first clinic too!

baz 09-22-2010 10:38 PM

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...I got to see Benny in Edmonton at Mothers Music last night.

http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/47...600x600Q85.jpg

I have never heard that kind of sound coming with what looked like such little effort.

http://inlinethumb64.webshots.com/47...600x600Q85.jpg

My question last night was, with the talent that this guy has, why is he not a house hold name? What I was told was that for those that "get it", he is.

I think I am getting it.

http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/20...600x600Q85.jpg

Barry

Manicoti 09-23-2010 03:21 AM

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Hey Barry!!

Thanks for the picture of Me and Benny from last night! Bob just sent it to me:):)
That guy is my hero, so to have a picture with him is really something!

How's that cymbal??

Beauty shots!!

baz 09-23-2010 04:04 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Manicoti (Post 747619)
Hey Barry!!

Thanks for the picture of Me and Benny from last night! Bob just sent it to me:):)
That guy is my hero, so to have a picture with him is really something!

How's that cymbal??

Beauty shots!!

...Thanks Mark.

I didn't know that you knew Bob long enough for him to be your hero...Oh. you meant Benny.

http://inlinethumb39.webshots.com/36...600x600Q85.jpg

The cymbal is a little bit on the gongy side. I should have had Benny sign it and turn it into a clock.

It was good to meet you.

Barry

Geri Attrique 09-23-2010 04:37 AM

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I am not posting my mug with Benny...but he really was fantastic. What a great evening!

Davo-London 10-03-2010 01:10 AM

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Just seen his live 1 hour clinic on Mike Johnston's site. Benny is truly fantastic.

Davo

Kickokim 10-08-2010 03:07 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by baz (Post 747547)
...I got to see Benny in Edmonton at Mothers Music last night.

http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/47...600x600Q85.jpg

I have never heard that kind of sound coming with what looked like such little effort.

http://inlinethumb64.webshots.com/47...600x600Q85.jpg

My question last night was, with the talent that this guy has, why is he not a house hold name? What I was told was that for those that "get it", he is.

I think I am getting it.

http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/20...600x600Q85.jpg

Barry


I guess it's just because he's too young! All the big names have been around for ages. Though, he has everything he needs to become one of the greats!

Anduin 05-14-2012 08:57 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by nolonx (Post 632892)
The DVD arrived today.

It's funny.. the only DVD I know where you actually watch the menu :D

I had to watch the menu loop all the way through. It’s one loooooooooong take! And he almost messes up the visual loop at the very end.

Spoiler: the menu is Benny getting his breakfast in his kitchen, but he takes breaks to make percussive music on whatever’s around him. This description may sound a little dull, but it’s actually pretty entertaining.

Also, visually this video is the most appealing I’ve seen, and I have a fairly large collection of drum vids. I’m happy to watch e.g. Gavin Harrison’s stuff with all his great camera angles etc., but there’s something very soothing and pleasing about a guy sitting among the wildflowers with the Alps in the background. (I should point out that that’s just one of many locations in the vid.)

JohnW 09-19-2013 09:39 PM

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I wasn't sure if I should post this in the drum gear section or here. Or if it had been posted before. Anyway, this seems to prove the adage, "it's the singer, not the song." Or in this case the drummer not the drums:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SziF4mesPA

Arky 02-10-2014 11:20 AM

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Benny Greb at the 2013 Meinl Drum Festival - his full 18-minute solo performance:

http://meinlcymbals.com/videos/Video...m-festival-983

Haven't finished watching (the link was just shared by Norbert Saeman on facebook) - that hand percussion part... damn!


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