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Performance Spotlight: Steve Gadd / “Crazy Army” / PASIC – Vic Firth

It was an opportunity to see the return of a great drummer who has triumphed not steve gadd crazy army professionally, but over his personal obstacles as well, which gives us all the more reason to admire him.

The first question dealt with linear stickings. Here he plays the pattern on steve gadd crazy army cowbell and snare with the strainer in the off position. Some drummers left shaking their heads in disbelief, and others may have been motivated to practice.

Then he stood up and played them much slower on his rack tom rims, so everyone could see what he was playing, while saying the stickings out loud. By the time we arrived, the line wrapped around the building. After the clinic ended, Gadd received an extended standing ovation that almost seemed to surprise this modest man.

After playing dozens of sessions and gigs every week with the best talent in the world, year after year, he eventually got caught up in the lifestyle. Gadd throws a diddle at the end to help it flow over the bar line. He embellishes this groove by dropping bombs with his bass drum, doubling the occasional cowbell note, and throwing in some toms for spice.

Gadd plays the steve gadd crazy army on his hi-hat, giving the whole part some lift. When the applause died down Steve gadd crazy army invited audience members to the microphone to ask him questions. Also, Gadd plays this with a constant but slight shuffle rhythm to all the sixteenth-notes.

Still, dozens of people chose to stand along the walls to get a better view of Gadd. We caught the seventh clinic of the tour hosted by the Drum Pad of Palatine, Illinois. Gadd hits near the rim at times, creating a timbale-like effect.


We left with the thought that Steve Gadd deserves every bit of his incredible reputation. Through his educational videos, DVDs, and books, Gadd has demonstrated how to apply rudiments to the drum set, demystified linear drumming concepts, and brought Latin drumming into pop music, all of which makes him steve gadd crazy army of the most emulated drummers of our time. This got a lot more laughs.

Gadd broke down the groove into seven separate steps, cgazy in the next example. After improvising around it, Gadd offered to break it down for the audience member who requested it. This was big news. Gadd demonstrated a couple of these rcazy, playing them first at tempo on the kit. By strict definition, no two notes occur at the same time in a linear sticking, but the phrase is often used to describe rudimental stickings that may occasionally layer a couple of notes.

After playing this steve gadd crazy army he segued directly into the very fast, linear rim-click groove you see here. Dozens of prototype and one-of-a-kind Zildjian cymbals ar,y on display and for sale — the steve gadd crazy army best thing to a personal tour of the Zildjian cymbal vault in Massachusetts.

This was not just a clinic tour though. Gadd modestly accepted the applause, and after it stevee died down, put everyone at ease by first thanking the crowd for making these clinics possible, Zildjian for arranging it, and the Drum Pad for hosting it.

When Zildjian announced that Steve Gadd would perform a clinic tour after a year absence, the drumming world buzzed. The crowd was boisterous and noisy ssteve lots of people whacking cymbals, meeting old friends, talking, checking cameras, with others trying to discreetly to get levels from their mini-disc recorders. So this clinic tour was more than just a chance to see a successful drummer. All you need to do is start out with some kind of question you steve gadd crazy army.


Gadd knew exactly what he meant and steve gadd crazy army a variety of patterns based on the concept. It was flawlessly clean, funky, and always in the pocket.

Notice that he repeats the pattern again beginning on beat 3, but this time at half-speed, as sixteenth-notes. He ghosts the steve gadd crazy army note on beat 3 and varies the accents a bit.

DRUM! Masterclass: On A Mission From Gadd

His brushwork set the tone, reminding everyone that musicality, taste, and groove is at the heart of his playing. In a mistaken effort to stay up for each gig and steve gadd crazy army, he developed substance abuse problems that, with love and help, he has long since put behind him.

Gadd then played some short solos based on linear ideas. Anticipation was obvious before the event began. The actual clinic was held at a large banquet hall nearby to accommodate the large crowd. Gadd plays a bass drum under the first note and often substitutes a bass drum note for the last left-hand note, as seen in the variation.

When DeChristopher introduced Gadd, applause and cheers loudly erupted from the crowd of nearly a thousand appreciative fans and drummers. The next pattern is an inverted paradiddle-diddle-diddle you can say that steve gadd crazy army