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Body Percussion -- Sounds and Rhythms: A Comprehensive Training System, Book & DVD
Body Percussion -- Sounds and Rhythms
A Comprehensive Training System, Book & DVD
Paperback      ISBN: 3933136113

Body Percussion: Sounds and Rhythms is an innovative, comprehensive folio of practice material for anyone interested in discovering his or her own body as a universal rhythm instrument. Contents include basic sounds, warm-ups, grooves in varying styles, six solo pieces from easy to advanced, practice tips, and three exciting ensemble arrangements. The accompanying DVD illustrates techniques, makes reproducible the single path of motions, and includes examples of all exercises, sounds, rhythms, and solo pieces. Body Percussion: Sounds and Rhythms is the perfect guide for self-study.

Scoring for Percussion
Scoring for Percussion
Paperback      ISBN: 0739052799

Scoring for Percussion is a complete manual including availability, ranges, transpositions, techniques, beaters, and standardized notation. It provides a guide for arrangers scoring percussion parts for pieces in a variety of styles. This newly revised edition contains an enhanced CD-ROM that provides a comprehensive look at more than 85 percussion instruments, with images of the instruments, sound samples, and typical patterns associated with each instrument.

"Every serious student of composition/arranging/orchestration, not to mention percussionists themselves, would do well to thoroughly study and master the concepts presented in this text."

-Percussive Notes

"This 152-page resource reference textbook should be included in every university library for reference, if not required for the discussion of actual curricular content in percussion scoring and notation."
-Jim Lambert, The Instrumentalist
Mel Bays Studio - Jazz Drum Cookbook
Mel Bays Studio - Jazz Drum Cookbook
Paperback      ISBN: 0871666820

Enormous demands are placed on the control and manual dexterity of the contemporary drum set player, particularly in the Jazz idiom. Today's drummer is expected to have developed limb coordination to a degree that would have been thought unachievable a few short years ago. This text presents an effective method of dealing with the mastery of drum set coordination by breaking it down into four sections: 1) Ride Cymbal - Right hand; 2) Snare Drum - Left foot; 3) Bass Drum - Right foot; 4) High hat - Left foot. The author clearly states his goals in writing this book: It is my sincere wish that the materials presented in this] text will be of considerable help in developing musical approach to the coordination skills demanded of today's drummer. -John Pickering

Jost Nickel's Snare Book
Jost Nickel's Snare Book
Paperback      ISBN: 3947998120

The title Snare Book tells its own tale: Jost Nickel's book is exclusively about snare exercises that will improve your hand technique and your general understanding of rhythm at the same time. Additionally, playing these exercises using different subdivisions and time signatures will further strengthen your rhythmic understanding and will make the exercises more interesting and less repetitive. I usually don't enjoy exercises where I have to play the same thing over and over again. says Jost. My mind wanders off, and I find it a lot harder to keep practicing because of the lack of variation. As much as I agree that practice is repetition, I also never want to get bored when I practice. Chapter 1 offers a wide range of great warm-up exercises that combine well-known stickings with accentuations, subdivisions, or time signatures that are unusual for these stickings. Additionally, you'll find ostinato exercises to strengthen your independence and interlocking exercises to improve your coordination. My Snare Book is definitely not your typical rudiments book, adds Jost. I am confident that the exercises in this book are enjoyable and useful because they offer variations on different levels that will keep you engaged. That makes it easier to play the many repetitions you need to get better. The other chapters take a very systematic approach where Jost takes you step by step through different exercises on double-stroke rolls, flams, multiple strokes, ruffs, inverted double-stroke rolls, paradiddles, and more. Once you have understood the book's conceptual approach, you'll be able to create your own exercises. Simply keep the concepts but change the content, either on your snare drum or on your drum pad. A 12-page insert called Reading Texts is also included.

Music Alive!'s Percussion: Drum Set Pitched Percussion Hand Percussion Marching...and More! [With DVD ROM]
Music Alive!'s Percussion
Drum Set Pitched Percussion Hand Percussion Marching...and More! [With DVD ROM]
Paperback      ISBN: 1458420957

Award-winning author, columnist, performer, bandleader, and clinician Daniel Glass offers students a comprehensive introduction to drums and percussion, from hand drums to digital kits, and everything in between. In this well-illustrated guide, Glass covers the history of the drum, tracing the development of the modern drum kit while also discussing hand, concert, marching, and electronic percussion. In addition to breaking down the equipment and accessories needed available to today's young drummer, Glass offers notated lessons that explore basic rudiments as techniques used in classical, world, jazz, rock, and other genres. A noted historian as well as performer, Glass also profiles great drummers from the jazz age through today. The included DVD-ROM offers high-quality footage from Glass' clinics and performances.

Filling in the Grooves: The Ultimate Guide to Drum Fills
Filling in the Grooves
The Ultimate Guide to Drum Fills
Paperback      ISBN: 1470642247

Designed to assist you in developing a real-world vocabulary of drum fills as played by top professional drummers in every style, Filling in the Grooves by Jim Toscano covers all the fills drummers ask about: odd groupings, filling over the barline, hand-foot combinations, double-bass fills, groupings, stylistic fills, and much more. In addition, the book dissects legendary fills played by the giants of the drums, including Billy Cobham, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, Gavin Harrison, Neil Peart, Simon Phillips, Jeff Porcaro, Tony Williams and more. Included are downloadable digital files containing nine play-along tracks and audio and video demonstrations of nearly every example in the book.

Conga Drumming: A Beginner's Guide to Playing with Time [With CD]
Conga Drumming
A Beginner's Guide to Playing with Time [With CD]
Paperback      ISBN: 0786623462

This is the only complete, step by step course on conga drumming in print. After working through only a few chapters of this book, you'll be able to jam with others in playing the irresistible rhythms that form the roots of Salsa. The clear text, illustrations, and easy to read charts make learning to play authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms easy even without previous experience as a percussionist. The warm, friendly tone of the text creates the intimate feel of private lessons. All 175 rhythms in the book are included on the companion CD.

Sticks 'n' Skins: A Photography Book About the World of Drumming
Sticks 'n' Skins
A Photography Book About the World of Drumming
Hardcover      ISBN: 0615282881

Discover the heartbeat of music in this 560 page full color coffee table book. Sticks 'n' Skins is dedicated to late drumming photographer Lissa Wales and opens with a tribute to her work. Illuminating the eclectic world of drumming over the past 70 years, the book features never-before-seen photos and stories of legendary artists including Louie Bellson (Benny Goodman), Steve Gadd (Barbra Streisand), Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan), Hal Blaine (Elvis Presley), Ginger Baker (Cream), Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Anton Fig (Late Night with David Letterman), Nigel Olsson (Elton John), Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers), and many more. Sticks 'n' Skins is not only visually inspiring with its stunning photos, but also preserves the legacy of the drumming community. Sure to become a music lover's collector's item, this extraordinary book offers fans young and old a new perspective on some of the biggest names in music history.

Charlie Watts' Favorite Drummers
Charlie Watts' Favorite Drummers
Paperback      ISBN: 1574243381

(Book). In various interviews over the past 35 years Charlie Watts has expressed admiration for the talents of many drummers. But the fundamental connections of those he has noted as his favorites, help define his particular style, approach, and priorities as the drummer for the "Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World." Here then, are 26 biographies of Charlie Watts' favorites drummers. Included are Art Blakey, Chico Hamilton, Art Taylor, Phil Seamen, Ginger Baker, Jerry Allison, Papa Jo Jones, Jim Keltner, Kenny Clarke, Davey Tough, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Jake Hanna, Tony Williams, Max Roach, Joe Morello, and Big Sid Catlett.

Jungle/Drum 'n' Bass for the Acoustic Drum Set: A Guide to Applying Today's Electronic Music to the Drum Set
Jungle/Drum 'n' Bass for the Acoustic Drum Set
A Guide to Applying Today's Electronic Music to the Drum Set
Paperback      ISBN: 0757990258

This book and two CD package is a must for all drummers wanting to explore the world of electronically produced Jungle/Drum 'n' Bass grooves If you are new to Jungle, it will open the door to new grooves, loops, and sounds on the acoustic drumset. It als