Inside The Big Band Drum Chart Spiral-bound – 19 Feb 2008
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About the Author
Jazz drummer, author, and educator Steve Fidyk has toured and recorded with Maureen McGovern, New York Voices, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, The Capitol Bones, The Taylor/Fidyk Big Band, an ensemble he co-leads with Stan Kenton arranger Mark Taylor, and is currently the drummer with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble from Washington D.C. As a leader, Fidyk s discography includes: Big Kids (U.S. Roots), A Perfect Match (Write Groove), and Live at Blues Alley (OA2) and can be heard on over 50 recordings as a contributing artist. As an educator, Fidyk is percussion editor for Mel Bay Publications and has authored: The Drum Set SMART Book, Inside the Big Band Drum Chart, Jazz Drum Set Independence! 3/4, 4/4, and 5/4 Time Signatures, and an instructional DVD entitled Set Up and Play! For information on these methods, please visit www.melbay.com. He has also recorded over 75 jazz play-along volumes for the Hal Leonard Corporation and contributed drum transcriptions to Drum Standards and Peter Erskine s The Drum Perspective. Fidyk has served on the faculty at Wilkes University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, George Mason University and The University of Maryland and is presently a member of the jazz faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Music Education from Wilkes University. Steve Fidyk endorses Ludwig Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, DW Pedals, and Latin Percussion products.
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I give it 3 stars because it's poorly laid out and is very cluttered in how the music is written. It explains things fairly briefly and there are NO track markings for the audio CD, it just says 'MP3' and you have to trawl through all the tracks to find which one it is referring to.
Also, many of the mp3 egs do NOT have a count in, which is not very helpful when you are trying to practice along...
The book has many pages, but it you want value for money, you would do better if you spread your purchases over a few different books eg "Chart reading workbook for drummers" (which explains everything beautifully, and has audio tracks that are tagged properly and are referred to clearly throughout), and another book that tackles these things in a more inviting way.
I feel like returning it, but would probably cost me more to post back than it's worth... (from Australia...)