Gregg Bissonette (known largely for his gigs with David Lee Roth and Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band) is one of today’s most well-rounded pro drummers – he can play virtually any style on drums! He’s so well versed in versatility, he made a DVD about it (“Musical Drumming in Different Styles” with Hudson Music).
In this lesson, he talks about how techniques and vocabulary from one style translate to another, why you should study the greats, why you should play with live musicians, and that time Tony Williams learned how to play heavy metal in one week.
0:10 – SONG: “After All” by Gregg Bissonette
5:34 – Introduction
9:35 – How to become a versatile drummer
10:52 – Why you should learn to play jazz
22:30 – Why you should learn to play rock
26:14 – Why you should learn to play funk and afro-cuban
33:45 – Why you should learn to play reggae and fusion
38:10 – SONG: “Twenty Dollar Bill” by Gregg Bissonette
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Gregg Bissonette is one of the most versatile drummers in the music business. His incredible range of styles from jazz, rock, Big Band, blues, latin, and fusion has allowed him to work with many of the world’s top artists. A GRAMMY Award-winning drummer, his impressive resume includes Santana, David Lee Roth, Maynard Ferguson, Toto, Joe Satriani and Ringo Starr, and you’ll find his name on many TV and movie scores.
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