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  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: See Sharp Press; Pap/Com edition (31 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884365329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884365324
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Q]uite an undertaking, researched and written with care." -- Modern Drummer, May 2004

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This guide to popular drum styles offers approximately 400 musical examples in standard drum notation showing grooves and practical variations, and provides overviews of the history and development of almost all popular music styles. Among the many styles and subsidiary styles covered are blues, rock, jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, klezmer, zydeco, funk, bossa nova, polka, Dixieland, surf, and disco. While this resource and two-CD set can serve as a simple encyclopaedia for those who need to know how to play a particular style, suggestions on varying the beat patterns for those who want to explore further and create their own patterns are also included. In addition, the two CDs contain performances of the musical examples in the book, which is designed with a lay-flat binding for easy use.

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ACID JAZZ draws on many musical styles-Frank (mainly 1970s Funk), Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Jazz-and it has no standard beat(s). Read the first page
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By MightyBoosh on 7 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
Since I started playing the drums I've been waiting for someone to complete the, monumental, task of compiling every known style of set playing in one book. Mick Berry and Jason Gianni have gone far beyond simply transcribing over 160 styles (about 400 including variations):

They have included historical perspectives, background information, recorded examples (with and without click tracks), and put together a listening list with suggested albums and artists for every style.

There is a very helpful chapter on types of fills and appropriate use of them in each style, including references to famous recordings.

There is even a section explaining appropriate tuning and muffling for a drummer playing in a given style.

I really can't stress enough how much detail is contained in this book. I'm a percussion teacher and this is a great reference tool for understanding and explaining different grooves, I keep it handy when gigging too!!

Highest recommendation!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Rowthorn on 8 Mar. 2009
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I've encountered almost every major drumming book available at the moment, but none cover as much ground as this book. The authors have not only transcribed the basic grooves of every distinct genre, they have included specific notable grooves that cross the genres (Purdie Shuffle, Gadd's "50 ways to leave your lover" etc.).

Not a single piece of useful information about each style is left out. You are told the tempo range, the tuning and the feel of each style and if you get stuck, every style is played on the CD for reference. Working though this book you are guaranteed to find challenging grooves and absorb volumes of creative influence. A must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DanEjam on 14 April 2011
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Fantastic book. I've only been drumming just over a year and have found this book to be a great help to progress my skills. So if your a beginner, advanced, whatever, this book is very handy if your exploring different styles. Also comes with CDs with samples of all the pieces of drum notations in the book, great :D.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drummer on 10 Dec. 2011
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The Drummer's Bible: How to Play Every Drum Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco
This book basically does what it says, it covers every single style you can think off which is great as a look up if you have to play an unusual style you are not familiar with. It must have taken so much research to compile such a comprehensive list of rhythms. Some of the things I didn't like were on the cd. The voice I think is unnecessary and the fact with every exercise the voice says cd 1 when you know it is cd 1, it is irritating. The click they used also is annoying as it is a percussion sound rather than a beep. One last thing that I don't understand is why they use a 4 count when doing different time signatures, this will confuse some people. But generally a good book if you want to know about all styles of playing and read up on how they came about.
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I had been looking into buying a drum book for ages as I am concentrating on drumming grades at the moment and needed something to keep my learning up and to learn and develop different styles. I thought this book might come in handy for GCSE as well. However the books only floor is that some of the beats and styles might too hard to read for begginers and less developed drummers. To give you a scope, I am a grade 6 drummer and I can just about read all the music. So if your not an experianced drummer, don't buy this book.Opt for an easier book, develop your reading skills and then buy this book. I rate this book because for each style of music there is a brief paragraph of information about it, every beat has a variation, every thing in the book is on the 2 CD's that come with it and finally the authors use beats and variation from music such as Tower Of Power a brilliant funk band that my school has recently been playing (so this book will help me with that) I would of given it five stars if the beats where simple at the start (easy enough for beginer drummers) and then developed into harder groves for the experianced drummers.
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