Daniel Glass is one of the most respected teachers in the drum community. From his Jazz Intensive Weekend, to his clinics and private instruction Daniel has a reputation for providing his students with a first-class education. Daniel is also the drum community’s most respected historian and has a number of books and DVDs that tell the story of man’s first instrument. Daniel’s latest project is perhaps his most ambitious and unique. Focusing on the motion of the drummer Daniel is reconstructing the movements that the musician makes when he plays. This aids the drummer in his independence and flow around the drum set. By mastering one’s motion, they greatly improve their playing. Daniel is taking reservations for his new course “Finding Your Golden Groove” and has made a video series available prior to the class. He explains it here:
“People can sign-up HERE to receive a free six-part video series about groove, in which I share a lot of perspective about groove, the history of groove, and why it makes more sense to focus on MOTIONS when developing your groove than it does to focus on patterns (the typical way that drums have been taught forever). Signing up for the series means being added to the early-bird list for the launch of my new course “Finding Your Golden Groove,” which will drop September 20th (early birds will be able to sign up one day beforehand). The course will take the most basic rock groove that we all learned the very first time we sat down at a kit and re-teach it from a completely new perspective that I call the “Motion-Based System.” The idea is that when we focus on motions instead of patterns, our groove will be more in the pocket, and have a natural and authentic feel that follows the same principles used by the greatest groovers of the last 100+ years. What’s cool about the motion based system is that it work universally – it can be applied to any style of drumming, and any drummer can benefit from it, no matter what style they play.
To begin this conversation about the Motion Based System, I’m creating a YouTube series called “What Makes This Groove Great,” where I analyze the playing of great groovers across the spectrum, focusing not on what they’re playing, but on how they’re MOVING. The first video in the series features a deconstruction of Ash Soan’s playing. You can watch it HERE.”
As with everything Daniel does, this will be a first-class production. I highly recommend it. I had the pleasure of interviewing Daniel twice for DRUMHEAD Magazine. You can read those articles HERE and HERE. Daniel was kind enough to write the Foreword to my book The Long Roll. You can read that HERE.