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Great selection of songs, easy to play along to, takes the hassle out of finding your own drum tabs!
on 20 January 2011
Originally a piano player, I have picked up a skepticism when it comes to buying drum books. With the piano, song books consist of music which are songs in and of themselves. I have always been wary of "play along" books and videos. However, having taken up the drums, I have accepted that this style of playing is by far the most common, the most fun, and the most motivating.
This book consists of around 8 tracks; initially it doesn't seem like much, but the book is structured in a very clever way. Each song is split up into two versions; the full version and a condensed version. The condensed version has subtle variations on some of the tracks, in order to incorporate a wider variety of techniques. Furthermore, the condensed version is suitable for the 'free choice' selection of most drum exams. There is, of course, a CD to play along to with the condensed versions. Each condensed song has another 3 varieties on the CD; a version with no drums, a version with live drums, and a version with a click track. There is a second CD containing the full tracks; for each song on this CD, there is a version with live drums and a version with a click track.
The book is great for playing along to rock tunes without having to resort to tab; the music is laid out on a stave and uses the expected notation. 8 songs might not seem like much on paper, but to a player of the correct level, it will take some time to master and then plenty more time to enjoy. I would actually recommend this book to players of skill grades 1 - 3; there's nothing wrong with overreaching a little bit, and the concepts taught at level 3 are not particularly difficult to pick up whether formally taught or not.