Romain Goulon’s Metal Chops Matrix Instructional DVD is made for drummers who want to play modern metal with a beneficial consideration of drumming history, from jazz fusion to extreme metal. Learn how to build up techniques, practice routines, and use inspiration for the best potential.
Let's dive into the most important parameter of rhythm… the time. Note values and lengths display on the metal grid, while sound, groove, time stretching and improvisation from a general open-minded vision, bring a full elasticity of patterns.
Double bass workout and techniques
Hand techniques and blast beats
RLX improvisation method for working on reflexes and multi-style chops
Time stretching, odd time signatures, building patterns, polyrhythm and polymeters
Two songs drum-cams from the band Cognizance, and one RG song
It's not only a video where you learn skills, but also a philosophy about metal drumming. How to deal with your body when learning techniques, how to deal with "bad days" and troubles you may have on the feet, and how we are all different. Of course, it talks about blast beats, hand techniques and foot techniques. It shows the matter of cymbal notes and uses, with tab notation, how to think about the drums with a melodic approach, by separating drum lines and cymbal lines.
What's the percentage of written patterns/skills and improvisation in your songs ?
I wanted to show how you can mix "mechanical/pre-written" skills with improvisation inspired by fusion and gospel drummers that add dynamic and groove. How practicing open-minded drumming may considerably improve your musicality.
Improvisation in this DVD can be improved by the "RLX" method whose the principle is based on limb reflexes. The other part that matters a lot to me is all the knowledge of the "grid" of time. Odd measures, odd grouping, rhythmic illusions. I think that's where the most spectacular advancements go. Nowadays, musicians have a better and better knowledge of the grid, with polyrhythms and polymeters, but it's only the beginning.
You may know drummer James Payne from his work with Hour of Penance, Hiss From The Moat, the Drum House Project or more recently with Vital Remains. James is the co-founder of the youtube channel The DrumBrother. James proudly endorses Tama drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic-Firth drum sticks, Remo heads and WESC clothing. James is constantly touring with bands and doing clinics all over the world and is always available for drum lessons, so feel free to contact him via the Facebook link below and book a lesson with him. James is an outstanding drummer/instructor and his new DVD, The Secrets of Extreme Metal Drumming, is now in-stock and available for purchase.
The Secrets of Extreme Metal Drumming includes over 2 hours of instructional footage based on the Freddie Gruber approach of drumming applied to extreme metal playing. Starting from the most basic information to the most advanced tips on techniques and fast drumming.
James will explain how our bodies and brains work on drums, doing segments on preparing our bodies to move correctly, applying it on the drum set, controlling all external forces and more. James will also tell you which exercises you can to do to improve speed and endurance, as other DVD’s do, but will also tell you how to do them and why.
A few words from drummer Danny Morris: "I started playing drums on a Wal-Mart drum kit my Grandparents bought me when I was 14 years old. The only reason I started playing drums at all, was to play like Nile on the In their Darkened Shrines record. I'm also really into Black Metal and play in two other bands. Gates of Mourning and Dzoavits. I feel you can hear a lot of that influence in my playing. Usually I don't like to play a song that doesn't have at least one blast beat. Current bands I'm listening to are Carach Angren, Visceral Disgorge and Belphegor."