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Great book for intermediates too 2 May 2011
By Joe Livoti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very useful book for both beginning drummers, or intermediates who are looking to expand their musical abilities to some new styles. The book starts with basics in reading and co-ordination, explaining grips and notation. There are some great exercises to help you co-ordinate the hands, feet, open and closed high-hat, etc. If you've already played a bit, you can probably just give this a cursory once over. I found the exercises to be very helpful. I also like to read this stuff over, because, as a guitar teacher, I"m interested in different ways of explaining these things.

The second part of the book has been really fun for me. Several beats are given in styles of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Latin, with such sub categories as reggae, disco, funk, shuffles, swing, waltzes, country, calypso, etc. Altogether I counted 32 styles covered. Each style is given a full page with several variations of each beat, and the bottom of the page contains fills in that style. The layout could not be easier. I think this book would also be useful to someone doing wedding type gigs, or casuals, where you might need a quick reference to just about any beat you'd come across.

I wasn't going to buy it, because i already have several great drum books, but I couldn't resist the easy layout, the multitude of styles covered (more than I've seen in just about any other book), and having some cool fills on the same page. I browsed through it in a used bookstore and thought "well, there's always room for one more". I've played through it frequently in the past month, and learned a lot.

Note - There are no rudiments, or technical exercises here, except for a page with brief explanations of rolls, flams, drags and rim shots, for use in the fills. It is mostly just beats and fills, and some other things like changing heads, tuning, equipment maintenance, etc. With some rudiments and this book, you could get pretty far.
This book delivers its promise 28 May 2014
By graphicfunk - Published on Amazon.com
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A lot of these books promise a lot. This one keeps its promise. You must understand that in order to become a decent drummer you must spend time in daily routines on a practice pad with the rudiments. You must spent time with the bass drum and then develop exercises to coordinate all four limbs. This book gives you enough tips, exercises and play along material to help keep your nose to the stone.
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OH MY DEAR LORD! 6 Mar 2000
By Ween Hound, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this book is AWESOME! buy a lot of copies, you'll see!
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