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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2012, 09:57:06 am »
Ethan Ventresca, 5 years old - Led Zeppelin



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The viral video of a young (very young) band covering Led Zeppelin's classic "Rock and Roll" is entertaining all the way around, but your attention is immediately drawn to the drummer. Ethan Ventresca, 5, leads the crew of his schoolmates and teachers, hitting every beat nearly perfectly with a crash and slam, never losing his enthusiasm or rhythm.

Ventresca is performing with his band Jester, a group arranged through the School of Rock in Rocky River, Ohio. His dad Mike put the video on YouTube Aug. 19 and it's  been garnering thousands of hits every since. According to Mike, Ethan was just two when it became apparent he was graced with the gift of perfect pitch.

“I was pouring different amounts of water into glasses and dinging them, and he could tell you the exact note,” Mike tells NBC News. “You can hit a glass, hit whatever. If there’s a tone there, he can pick it out.”

After initially learning notes while his dad played guitar, Ethan began matching those sounds to colors, and later became so adept he could hear any sound without a point of reference, and identify it. As a musician, the young rocker gravitated towards the drums, receiving his first official kit from Santa Claus at the age of 3. He’s currently working off set number three, and, along with weekly private lessons at the music school, bangs away two to three hours a day at home.

When he’s not rocking out, he’s listening to the likes of The Beatles, Aerosmith, and Jason Mraz.

“He’s never wanted toys, he only wants musical instruments,” Mike points out. “Whereas most parents are out buying “Star Wars” games, he wants tubas, and mandolins, and banjos.”

Ethan is the youngest player in his group at the School of Rock, but age appears to make little difference in the dynamic. His teacher, Dan Price, describes his abilities as “rare,” noting Ethan was able to master “Rock and Roll” in a few months.

“He’s a sponge, he picks up just about everything I throw at him,” observes Price. “I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a 5-year-old so sharp and focused. He really loves the instrument, and is really dedicated.”

While the famous Zeppelin jam may not be the most complicated of all drum parts, Price describes it as “iconic,” and a “rite of passage” for drummers.

“The intro specifically is difficult,” he adds. “I’ve talked to many musicians my age, and they can never figure out the timing.”

Along with his grade school studies and rock n’ roll lessons, Ethan will be joining the local Cleveland band Shout for a live gig coming up in September, where he’ll perform Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and Journey’s “Any Way You Want It.”  But despite his rising profile, Mike claims his son shows no sign of superstar egotism just yet.

Mike comments, “My biggest concern has been that he’s young, and I wondered how he would get along with the other kids, but I think he sits there in his own world.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMJv4bBDmeI
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2012, 10:43:54 am »
Awesome. I think just beyond the drummer, the entire band is fantastic for their ages.
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #32 on: December 13, 2012, 04:44:56 pm »
Tour of the Drum Kit of Def Leppard's Rick Allen by His Drum Tech Jeff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS53IJAqquw

Very cool.
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #33 on: December 13, 2012, 07:43:53 pm »
That was cool. I wonder how they incorporate the metronome as he mentioned?
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #34 on: December 17, 2012, 01:34:16 pm »
Avery Drummer - (KISS - Shout Mercy)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNB0eoI8Xfw

This is awesome!
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #35 on: January 27, 2013, 05:43:41 am »
Anna Kendrick's Song and Cup

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_9i9Q7KIrU

Mac posted this elsewhere, but I think it also should be spotlighted here as it is pretty damn awesome.
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #36 on: April 11, 2013, 04:19:51 pm »
Keith Thibodeaux (Aka, Little Ricky - I Love Lucy)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGoVNl851LQ

Just watched this episode on TVLand.
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2013, 05:41:29 am »
Keith Thibodeaux

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXYEeQHrdL0

A much older Keith Thibodeaux doing his thang. It's cool that he stuck with the drums beyond just playing one on TV.
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #38 on: April 12, 2013, 03:18:03 pm »
No love for Keith? What the hell is wrong with you people? That is an INSANE drum solo. I mean, daaaaaaaaamn, it's fricken' awesome!! He may be older, but he blows away any of the young guns right now.
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #39 on: April 12, 2013, 03:24:37 pm »
I've seen both of these...little Ricky was a bad ass!  I totally remember as a kid seeing that I love lucy and the clip with him older is rad!

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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #40 on: April 12, 2013, 04:09:28 pm »
Get Keith into KISS!
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #41 on: April 22, 2013, 03:35:41 pm »
"Push And Shove" Drum Contestants Performing Together (No Doubt Contest)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6i3drN5Mqw

I like the idea, but it would have been much better if they actually used the audio from everyone drumming. Who cares if it would sync up sound wise.
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #42 on: April 23, 2013, 03:18:12 am »
Not sure of the point behind the video   :-\
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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #43 on: June 11, 2013, 10:05:44 am »
Two Drum Gods on one stage... and one has a hand up his butt.

Animal vs. Buddy Rich

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Re: Drum Gods: Past, Present and Future
« Reply #44 on: June 11, 2013, 10:07:52 am »
Two Drum Gods on one stage... and one has a hand up his butt.


....and what about Animal?
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