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The Art of Playing Brushes

Adam Nussbaum came up with the idea of filmiing a number of drummers playing brushes to the same tempos and feels. This way you'll have a direct comparison of how different players approach the same tunes. He zeroed in on a number of different feels and tempos incorporating 4/4 swing, ballads, 3/4 time and latin (Bossa Nova).

Brilliantly conceived and meticulously documented, The Art of Playing with Brushes is the most comprehensive, definitive and unprecedented volume on the topic ever produced. Living legends Billy Hart, Eddie Locke, Joe Morello, Charli Persip and Ben Riley — along with modern brush masters Adam Nussbaum and Steve Smith — demonstrate and discuss their distinctive drumming styles then all perform the same set of medium to up-tempo swing, ballads and Latin tunes to compare and contrast their unique approaches and interpretations.

This deluxe addition to every drummer’s library offers a thorough and graphic exploration of the art from a variety of historical, technical and musical perspectives and includes:

  • Two DVDs— over seven hours of footage
  • 17-Track Play-Along CD minus drums
  • Bonus lessons from Adam Nussbaum, Ed Thigpen and Louis Bellson
  • 36-page Bonus Booklet and printable PDFs by Mark Griffith that includes “A History Of The Brushes”, a Listening/Reference Guide, Bios of all the featured artists and more.
  • Classic video clips and a Photo Gallery

Watch excerpts from The Art of Playing with Brushes DVD

Joe Morello: The Art of Brushes
Ben Riley: The Art of Brushes
Steve Smith: The Art of Brushes
Adam Nussbaum Art of Playing Brushes
Charli Persip: The Art of Brushes
Billy Hart - Art of Playing Brushes
Eddie Locke: The Art of Brushes

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