Modern Drummer Festival 2005 (DVD)

Chris Adler and Jason Bittner, Live at Modern Drummer Festival 2005 features the full length performances of these two incredible drummers, along with in-depth interviews that include demonstrations, discussions of technique and practice routines, and specific playing examples from their MD Festival performances. Included is almost 30 minutes additional performance and clinic footage not included on the Modern Drummer Festival 2005 DVD!

Bonus Footage includes:
Chris Adler On The Road - Chris discusses his drums and cymbals, talks to his drum tech, talks about his daily routine while on tour, about warming up, and what it's like to be on road. Also features live clips of Chris with the Lamb of God.

Jason Bittner in Clinic - features excerpts of Jason in a great clinic from Ibben Germany shot with a Handycam. Also, an 18-minute lesson that includes Jason's actual, in-studio performance of The Light the Blinds and an explanation and demonstration from Jason of his drum part in that song.

Exclusive interviews with Chris and Jason, backstage at the Modern Drummer Festival 05, at pad kits, during which they talk about technique, warming up, double bass, practicing and more. And at various points during each interview intersections with their on-stage performance can be accessed with the DVD remote.

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    $8.00
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    $13.00
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    $14.00
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