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14 Modern Contest Solos for Snare Drum by John S. Pratt
I have loved this book for over 40 years. I learned to read from it, at least rudimentally. This e-version is simply an appallingly poor photocopy. The images are inconsistent, some under exposed, some over, done seemingly carelessly. The poor quality might be excusable if it was usable but on either Kindle or I-pad I found it impossible to use, as there is no facility to make page turns without resizing the image. Let me be clear this is a review of the shoddy e-version, not the original paper version which is beautifully presented and a classic collection of progressive rudimental snare solos. This e-book is a waste of money IMO. I highly recommend the paper version instead until this… Read more
Bokken Ju-Sports
Bokken Ju-Sports
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Though I'm not going to go through the hassle of repackaging this item and returning it I do feel like giving other potential buyers a 'heads up'. This is a Chinese made Bokken, though many are imported from Japan and retailed at a similar or lower price. It arrived on time in a long triangular Toblerone style Amazon cardboard package, which had been through the wars with many puncture marks and deep dents. The Bokken itself (the red oak option) had a 2cm by 3mm square chip out of the very tip, very disappointing, hard to say whether this was done during manufacture or damaged before packing. Its weight is good, for me, the red oak has a nice grain. But if you're looking for traditional… Read more
Polyrhythms: The Musician's Guide [With CD (Audio)&hellip by Peter Magadini
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SOME NOTATION ISSUES?, 21 Oct 2010
This was one of the first in what may be a growing trend in cutting edge jazz/rock/fusion technique texts for all instrumentalists. A book about 'tricky' rhythms. This has in recent years been limited to being an interesting subject for drummers. But the whole band need to know about them too if we drummers are allowed our fun. So congratulations Mr Magadini and thanks.
Unfortunately there has been only a vague standard agreement on the correct way to refer to odd/artificial/false/polyrhythms, let alone notate them. The most logical seems to me to be the ratio notation employed by Gary Chaffee and Gavin Harrison among others.
Although there is much to be commended, notational… Read more

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