4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2010
A masterpiece! Based on Jim Chapin's personal observations of the great drummers of the swing era, this book uses exercises to gradiently build up one's independence.
This is a totally essential book for anyone interested in improving their drumming.
And this new edition, with Jim playing the exercises in the book on 2CD's, is remarkable. It's a lot easier when you can hear these, often challenging, exercises played with precision, yet still grooving. Utterly essential! Every drummer needs (bookwise) this book, Ted Reed's Syncopation and G.L. Stone's Stick Control, regardless of style.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2008
This book changed my life. If you're an experienced jazz drummer, Get it. If you're a rock drummer who wants to learn jazz (you should), get it. If you're a drummer of ANY kind of ANY style of music, get this book from somewhere and practice it like you've practiced nothing before!!
You only get out what you put in. Buy this book and PERFECT each excercise before moving on to the next. Make it your ambition to complete this book to the best of your ability.
After almost 2 years of solid studying from this book, I can safely say that I am a much better drummer, and it has taught me more than anything. It has also made me realise just how much there is to learn.
Thank you Jim Chapin. THIM CHAPIN.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2007
The best book I own, If you are serious about jazz get this and with patience you will suprise yourself. Set out in a very logical order and very easy to follow this is many years worth of study, comes with two good cd's that show all the examples. Plus you get to the back of the book and find a tiny little section on applying all this knowledge to other styles, extending the life of this master's work. Jim Chapin, I salute you!
on 16 June 2014
I bought this book as a present for my girlfriend. She was very excited to receive this book because she is very enthusiastic in her drum studies.
4 stars because there (in CDs) where just 10sec examples but not full length examples of songs. I recommend this book for beginners, especially for beginners of jazz drummers. Liked because of big variety of rhythms and possibility to play swing, shuffle, bebop as well as other playing styles.