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Old 05-16-2006, 09:10 PM
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Default Gavin Harrison DVD review

NAME: RHYTHMIC VISIONS by Gavin Harrison

STAR RATING: ####

WORDED RATING: Worth a view, but GET THE BOOKS!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Intermediate-Advanced

PUBLISHED BY: Warner Bros.

DESCRIPTION: Gavin takes a look at beat displacement, metric modulation and more in this, his follow-up DVD to his 'Rhythmic Illusions' and 'Rhythmic Perspectives' books. The DVD is good, but I personally gained more information from the books. Both 'Illusions' and 'Perspectives' contain a wealth of knowledge. Most players won't get too far into them before being stumped by something! It seems that on paper he is more concise and clear about how these shifting patterns can be achieved and applied. But the DVD does contain some great playing from Harrison, who can certainly weave in, out and around any constant time pulse. It's worth checking out- hearing and seeing the performance is often a better teacher than a book anyway.

CLOSING: Get it? Or don't get it? You could go either way with this DVD. But if you really want to expand your rhythmic vocabulary, do NOT pass up Gavin's books!
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