Steve Smith is interviewed in the July 2016 edition of Rhythm Magazine, on sale from 7 June http://bit.ly/BuyRhythm
Steve Smith and Hudson Music have just released a new educational book/DVD package called Pathways of Motion: Hand Technique for the Drumset Using Four Versions of Matched Grip.
The package is based around Steve’s current use and analysis of matched-grip drumset technique, presenting a wealth of information based around hand technique that also covers rudiments, musical phrasing, and much more. Video, text, and notation come together in this package to clearly explain and demonstrate four distinct grips that Steve has identified and developed in his own playing. Each grip is thoroughly explored in its basic motions on the snare drum, and then translated to drumset applications and phrases.
Going beyond hand technique, the book includes dozens of challenging and fun rudimental phrases that are used to apply the grips, but that also build phrasing ideas, vocabulary, and chops. Ergonomic drum setup, Moeller motions, and other topics are also covered, accompanied by plenty of exciting solo playing from Steve. The book is packed with insights and practical ideas of how a drummer can develop the building blocks of a usable and hip-sounding vocabulary that has nearly limitless applications.
The accompanying DVD contains matching videos for all the lessons included in the text, and here is one such example!
Steve Smith Pathways of Motion