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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing!, 4 April 2011
This review is from: Universal Rhythms for Drummers: The Keys to Unlock a World of Creativity (Book & CD) (Paperback)
This book should come with a warning - may inadverntantly change drummers into musicians!!!! From the get-go, DiCenso launches into musical context for his approach (which anyone in the UK who has studied with revered drum teacher Bob Armstrong may recognise the phrase "Understanding the Musical Concept"). Personally, being a white suburban guy living outside of London, my access to and understanding of Latin music had been limited so rather than just getting you bogged down with the nomenclature of which clave is which, this gives your ears something to latch on to and contextualise straight away, which usually results in enthusiasm rather than copying a pattern into your muscle memory verbatim for the sake of it. Add to that the fact you're unearthing some beautifully musical playing from drummers such as Airto, Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro, this is a great basis for an intermediate player's journey into a new awareness of musicality (can I suggest if you don't have another instrument, you buy it, as the opportunity is there to build rhythmic ideas with a melodic understanding and communicate with those "other guys!")

Then, we are outlined with "tools" to interpret the aforementioned rhythms and although some of which are abbreviations of more well-known teaching methods (For instance, Chaffee's Patterns series, particularly the hand and foot section, in a time where we are losing some of the great forebearers of our instrumental history to retirement and/ or their passing, this book may in time serve as a launching point for modern students to research into the people that inspired DiCenso to consolidate his knowledge. Couple this with a guideline for breathing and singing (which we may all have been guilty of overlooking in the past but have found through experience in tense performance it is invaluable!) and something I find which is greatly lacking in modern drum education which is the "above the neck" idea ie. being prepared for any material psychologically to ensure even before you sit at the drumset you are clear in your intention to lead to a calmer practice.

I will admit I haven't even started any of the excercies yet as I'm still exploring the possibilities of the methods, but with creativity I believe these can be used by the most seasoned of players (for example, if your togetherness is suffering from irregular kit practice and you want to work on your Moeller and another principle such as JoJo Mayer's "how fast can you hear?" then perhaps the unison excercises may be of help on the practice pad). Certainly not for a beginner but definitely a system to keep anyone excited about the MUSICAL possibilities of the drum set in a market saturated with courses on the more extreme capabilities of independence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great concepts for developing groove, pocket, musicality, creativity, 5 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Universal Rhythms for Drummers: The Keys to Unlock a World of Creativity (Book & CD) (Paperback)
Dave Dicenso has a very interesting approach to provide knowledge in a vast field of different musical styles yet linked together on a mutual basis (5 universal rhythms). Once you understand this approach, you will hear these basic rhythmical concepts in many types of music, which will developp the 'macro view' or 'bigger picture' of groove and song structure which will open doors for musical creativity. Maybe not for the beginner drum student, but with some basic skills you can start right off, and skip parts if some of them are too difficult.
I was looking for a book that doesn't just provide different grooves in a disjointed way, but on the other hand not for antoher dry concept book. In my eyes Dave Dicenso managed to compose a thorough multi stylistic educational approach, that will help for all the important aspects of musical drumming. And it contains some of funkiest and nasties grooves and fills that make a lot fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Knowledge and challenge, 3 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Universal Rhythms for Drummers: The Keys to Unlock a World of Creativity (Book & CD) (Paperback)
when it is about independence and advancing it new breed is the deal..but it is not very "musical"..
this one fixes new breed's musical flaws..but it is "really" hard..
i advice all drummers at least know what it is saying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but full of great ideas for fills and grooves that are musical, 30 Aug. 2014
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Haven't had the chance to get stuck into it yet, but full of great ideas for fills and grooves that are musical. Dave D is a truly amazing drummer, well worth checking out if you're a bit stuck for new ideas or inspiration!
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