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.
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