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Neil Peart’s Inspiration, Improvisation,
& Approach
To Soloing

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Study With Neil Peart World-renowned drummer for Rush. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Overview

* “Best Instructional Video”, Modern Drummer Readers Poll (2006)
* “Best DVD”, DRUM! Magazine Drummie Awards (2007)


In-studio footage of Neil Peart discussing, in detail, his approach to soloing. Using a solo recorded in 2004 in Frankfurt, German, as a framework - Peart talks about each segment of this nine-minute tour de force that is a highlight of each Rush performance.

Also included are:

  • Two explorations -- completely improved workouts at the drums, each over thirty minutes long; a never-before-released solo recorded in Hamburg, Germany in September, 2004.
  • Peart’s Grammy Award-nominated solo from Rush in Rio.
  • Two full Rush performances from Frankfurt 2004, shown entirely from the perspective of the drum cameras.
  • Interviews with Lorne Wheaton, Peart’s drum tech, and Paul Northfield, Rush co-producer and engineer.
  • A previously unreleased solo from the Rush Counterparts tour recorded in 1994 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.

- You’ll also get online access to Drumeo features like progress tracking, video commenting, and community forums where you can connect with students and teachers from around the world.


Technical Specs

Publisher: Hudson Music, 2005
Video: 200 minutes
Online: Lifetime access to all content
Skill: Intermediate

Best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush, Neil Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances including Best Rock Drummer, Best Multi-Percussionist, Best All Around Drummer, as well as inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.

Peart is noted for his distinctive in-concert drum solos, characterized by exotic percussion instruments and long, intricate passages in odd time signatures - and his drum solos were featured on every live album released by Rush. “Anatomy of a Drum Solo” gives you an in-depth examination of how he constructs a solo that is musical, rather than indulgent, using his solo from the 2004 R30 30th anniversary tour as an example.

Topics Include

  • Overall approach to composing a drum solo.
  • Introduction to the drums and setup that Peart uses.
  • The R30 tour setlist.
  • Introduction to “Element 1” of his drum solo.
  • How he uses the narrative arc in soloing.
  • Incorporating African rhythms into a solo.
  • Rhythmic variations and incorporating them into your playing.
  • Creating mood changes with different voices on the drums.
  • Hand technique and how it’s changed throughout his career.
  • Big band sections of drum solos.