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Steve Smith Drumset Technique and History of the U.S. Beat

Smith's explosive solos and intricate timekeeping served to gain him much acclaim from sources such as Modern Drummer magazine, whose readers recently voted him the #1 Fusion Drummer of 2012. He has been voted #1 “All-Around” Drummer five years in a row, in 2001 Modern Drummer magazine named Steve as one of the "Top 25 Drummer of All Time", in 2002 he was voted into the “Modern Drummer Hall of Fame” and in 2003 his Hudson Music DVD Steve Smith Drumset Technique - History of the U.S. Beat was voted #1 Educational DVD of 2003. The 2008, 2009 and 2010 Drum! magazine readers poll voted Smith #1 Jazz Drummer, and in 2009 Drum! readers voted Steve Smith Drum Legacy - Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants the #1 educational DVD.

A pre-loaded audio/video player with MP3 tracks and videos from Steve's latest Hudson DVD are also included in the price, as is a double and single tom holder and multi clamp, and a pair of Vic Firth Steve Smith Anniversary Drumsticks. Bonus.

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West L.A. Music Presents:
Steve Smith Drum Clinic
A Rare Opportunity to See
and Learn from One of
the World's Top Drummers!

West L.A. Music, Zildjian, Sonor, Remo, Vic Firth, DW and Shure will present a drum clinic with Steve Smith, legendary rock and jazz fusion drummer for Journey and Vital Information.

Where: 11345 Santa Monica Blvd.
When: Saturday, October 19th, 2-5 p.m.
RSVP required. Admission: FREE!
Fill out this registration form.

Over the past 15 years, Smith's critically acclaimed style has graced many hits with such diverse artists as Mariah Carey, Bryan Adams, Zucchero, Claudio Baglioni, Tommy Shaw/Jack Blades, Ray Price, and Savage Garden. See why Modern Drummer Magazine voted Steve Smith as the #1 all-around drummer five years in a row, and why Steve is ranked as one of the top three rock and jazz fusion drummers in the world!

Steve will open the clinic with a ferocious 30-minute solo that will stun and amaze you. Then he'll break it down and tell you exactly how he did it. During this rare performance and clinic, you'll learn:

  • How Steve plays all the styles that have made him a world-class drummer, including rock, jazz fusion, swing, and big band
  • Why it's important to know several styles to excel as a session player and as a performer
  • How to make your song come alive by "playing in the pocket" and locking into the groove
  • Practice techniques to improve any drumming style
  • How to improve your ability to improvise as Steve will show you how he puts together his explosive drum grooves, licks and solos
  • Hear Steve's custom drum setup, featuring Zildjian cymbals, Remo heads, Vic Firth sticks, and Sonor drums
  • Don't miss this rare opportunity for Q&A with Steve!
Immediately following, West L.A. Music will have a giant super sale featuring Zildjian, Sonor, Remo, Vic Firth and DW drums and drum accessories. Get incredible deals and have Steve autograph all drums and drum accessories purchased at West L.A. Music! Enter to win hundreds of dollars worth of gear which we will give away!

This event is FREE and seating is limited to 500, so sign up to attend today!

DRUM BUM: MISCELL: VIDEOS, DVD - Steve Smith Drum Legacy DVD

In 2001 Modern Drummer Magazine named Steve as one of the Top 25 Drummer of All Time, in 2002 he as voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame and finally in 2003 his Hudson Music DVD "Steve Smith Drumset Technique - History of the U.S. Beat" was voted #1 Educational DVD of 2003. Also in 2003 Steve Smith and Buddy's Buddies -- the Buddy Rich alumni quintet -- released two CDs on the Tone Center label that were record live at the famous London jazz club Ronnie Scott's; "Very Live at Ronnie Scott's Set One" and "Very Live at Ronnie Scott's Set Two."

went on to record six albums with Journey. Escape (1981) is Journey’s second-best selling album to date with over nine million copies sold worldwide. It has only been surpassed by their Greatest Hits (1988) album, selling over 15 million copies. Before reaching this level of success, Journey with Steve Smith on drums had three previous, successful releases in Evolution (1979), Departure (1980) and the live album Captured (1981). The first two have sold over three million copies worldwide while the live one has sold two million copies.