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George Lawrence Stone
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Book Description

22 May 2009
George Lawrence Stone's Stick Control is the original classic, often called the bible of drumming. In 1993, Modern Drummer magazine named the book one of the top 25 books of all-time. In the words of the author, it is the ideal book for improving ""control, speed, flexibility, touch, rhythm, lightness, delicacy, power, endurance, preciseness of execution and muscular coordination,"" with extra attention given to the development of the weak hand. This indispensable book for drummers of all types includes hundreds of basic to advanced-level rhythms, moving through categories of single-beat combinations, triplets, short roll combinations, flam beats, flam triplets and dotted notes, and short roll progressions.

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  • Perfect Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing (22 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892764040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892764041
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 21 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to play properly 16 Dec 2010
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When you start playing it's surprising that you need to work on several areas that aren't related: how to keep accurate time, independence and stick control (i.e. playing accurately at speed in various patterns)before you get to the stuff that shows you how to play like Buddy, Art, Bonzo or Joey. Keeping time needs some work with the metronome early on but then improves as a by-product of your other practice, so although it's the most essential part of drumming it needs least practice until you start playing in odd metres and compound time signatures. There's a million independence books out there, get a big one with a score size you can read comfortably and not too much text. Then get this.

It's a staggeringly dull book - original grey cover (I think it looks great), and pages of snare drum patterns.The first 3 pages just have a series of 2 bar eigth-note patterns without accents (you want accents? Buy his next book!)with various sticking patterns. Seems easy, then you realise how much you have to learn, grasshopper. Get through these at a good tempo and you can play the snare a bit.After that the patterns look at triplets (and switching from staight eighths into triplets), roll combinations and so on for 46 horrible pages. This is not a lot of fun to do, and it's always tempting to try a Play along with Coldplay book instead (even duller I suspect), but just play a short section every day, even on a pad while watching the telly with a click in one ear.There's no need to finish the book, but it will quickly show you your limits, and get you to play with speed and accuracy like Neil and Art.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A staple part of my drumming library 20 Jun 2009
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I bought this quite a few years ago on the recommendation of my drum teacher back then and it's without doubt the most useful drum book I've ever used. This book, a practice pad and a pair of sticks will keep you busy for weeks. The layout of it is just line after line of different rudiments and they recommend you complete them 20 times at a reasonable tempo before moving onto the next. One word of warning is that you do have to have a basic grasp of how to read music, but its not that tricky, just knowing how long each note lasts will get you through it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be the first book you buy for drums 28 Oct 2009
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Stick Control does what any good book in the field should do: it has a positive effect on every style you play. While this is true of many books on drumming, none have saturated the drumming culture so totally as this. Ask any professional drummer what exercises they use to practice and 95% will either be using this book or will have used it at some point. The first page alone, when properly mastered, will elevate any dummers ability to control their sound and express themselves more freely. That is after all the point of drumming and what defines good drummers: the lack of barriers between their ideas and their playing.

By working through these absolute fundamentals, the student will erode major barriers to their self-expression and be able to do what they want without worrying whether their hands can keep up. The exercises require discipline, hard-work and time. That is the reality of art and the reward for following this book is a more mature and unrestricted relationship with the intrument we all love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential 29 Aug 2010
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This is one of the great books that every drummer should have and use, regardless of style (the others being Ted Reed's Syncopation and Jim Chapin's Advanced Techniques Vol 1 and a good rudimental book such as Gene Krupa's). I can't recommend this highly enough. Practice, especially with a metronone, will give you much greater control of your instrument.
My all time favourite drummer, Big Sid Catlett, was a student of the author. But drummers in any style would benefit greatly from these exercises.
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I bought this book on the advice of a friend, and I'm amazed at how much better at drums i've become. If you follow the simple instructions at the start, i.e playing the exercises loud and soft, fast and slow, you will find an incredible increase in the level of control you have of your instrument. It's an absolutley essential book for any drummer, from beginners to professionals. If you only ever buy one drum book, make it this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars boring cover....brilliant book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 July 2010
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This book has been in print since 1935 but it is still essential to percussionists/drummers today. If you read the drumming press this book gets mentioned by the world's greatest players on a very regular basis. Stick Control has improved the standard of my pupil's playing skills (and of course mine too) very quickly.If done properly, the book shows up any technical errors that you may have; to have even timing, volume and tone your grip has to be spot on. Fab book - don't get put off by the cover; it's old so you can forgive its tired look!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great with the right teacher 3 Jan 2013
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This is one of those books that every drummer should have. More than that every drummer should use. I for one am guilty of buying a book and not working through much of it before moving on to the next book.
This is a great book to work through with a teacher that way the teacher can show how many different ways each exercise can be played rather than just playing whats on the page and thinking that's that.
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This book is amazing.... If anyone can do all these patterns then they are a seriously AMAZING drummer! Read more
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This book is brilliant. I have been using it now for three weeks and have noticed that my hand speed has increase, my co-ordination is much improved, and both my wrist and fingers... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rockinron100
4.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm is my business
I bought this when I found myself playing drums on music courses. Along with a practice pad this is a good way to learn stick control. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Annette
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own!
Play drums? You should own this book!

This book when used properly is one of the most important practise tools you will ever own.
Published 4 months ago by TG
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This book contains enough exercises to keep you going for the rest of your life.If you can master a quarter of the exercises in the book your drumming will improve no end. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yessss
Yes good for the purpose and the price. Came ig good time very reasonable. It was very popular withy everyone
Published 8 months ago by Mr. P. J. Whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
this is the best book one can use to practice hands and coordination. look no further! this is the good stuff. has about 40 pages of practice patterns that will last a lifetime. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hrenzen
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for drummers!
This is a great book and has really useful material for improving your 'chops', whether a kit player, marching band or percussionist etc. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most essentially dull book of all time.
It's page after page of snare drum notation but then, that's the whole point. If you are looking to improve your technique this book is an essential part of your drum library. Read more
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