Guiseppe D'Aleo: "Golden Dolphin"

  • Posted on: 3 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

A few months ago, I picked up a copy of the Marco Minnemann play along CD/book combo. It features a track called "Golden Dolphin." Of all the tracks on the CD, I thought this one would be the most approachable, mostly because it is melodically strong and I thought I'd be able to memorize it.

I bashed my head against this song for about two months without ever mastering it. It forced me to realize that this kind of playing would be forever out of my reach absent a very serious look at multipedal orchestrations and mixed time signatures. Marco lays out a very nice system in "Extreme Drumming" to make these kinds of patterns playable for those who have the tenacity to endure the exercises. The material in that book represents years of work, and I thought I could shortcut it by choosing just a few patterns and trying to make them feel good.

The problem is that the coordination requirements for this song are so progressive that there is no way to simply 'dive into them'. You have to take the whole system one step at a time if you want to learn these skills.

This is why I was so surprised to find Guiseppe D'Aleo playing "Golden Dolphin" with such precision - there is no doubt that he put in the time to learn this advanced style of playing.

Furthermore, D'Aleo essentially plays the drum parts note-for-note . . . which is something I've NEVER seen any drummer do before. I am completely baffled by the way he memorized all of Marco's playing, from beginning to end.

You can compare the two videos:

Very few drummers today have mastered the coordination systems presented and developed my Minnemann, Lang, and Mangini. However, videos like this give me hope that a handful drummers across the world are exploring the world of multipedal orchestrations and advanced coordination.

Drummer: 
Guiseppe D'Aleo
Marco Minnemann

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