Re: DRUM INSTRUCTION DVD & BOOK REVIEWS
Ed Thigpen: The Essence of Brushes
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Relatively basic brush techniques
Mostly beginner, some intermediate
Hudson Music, double disk
Relatively basic intro to brushes by one of the greatest brush players of all time. Instruction and examples are good, but video is short (60min), and only brushes the surface (pun intended). Thigpen repeatedly refers to his book for more detail, and refers to this DVD as volume one. He covers a couple basic patterns in 4/4 and one in 3/4, plus 2 simple accents. If you want to see a couple intimate performances by a great brush player or have no clue how to use brushes, this would be a great aid. If you're already proficient but wanting to improve, you won't get too much out of this. Maybe consider the book instead.