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Old 02-26-2007, 11:25 AM
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Default Re: DRUM INSTRUCTION DVD & BOOK REVIEWS

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complete learn to play DRUMS manual by craig lauritsen

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highly progressive from basics building up in what i consider to be an excellent balanced and thoughtful curriculum to upper intermediate levels.
TARGET AUDIENCE:
Beginer to professional level
PUBLISHED BY:
L.T.P publishing pty ltd
DESCRIPTION:
224 pages and two discs. this really is a manual. i use it as a drum teacher. particularly good is its drum reading lessons. it is blocked into bite sized lessons which are ideal for the self taught drummer or a teacher to use.
typically it runs each lesson like so:

- introduction to a rhythmic figure (eg the dotted 8th) with 16 variations and placements and counting techniques (with eg tracks on the disc to ensure you are accurate)
- a 16 bar sight reading exercise incorporating the figure with previous lessons.
- up to twenty written and tracked grooves that incorporate the figure (including fills that use it)
- finally a short (8 - 10 bar) solo using the figure. (an excellent homework assignment after spending the lesson going through the three points above).

the book takes you up to quite complex reading figures before suddenly becomming simple again but introducing a rudiment. then it progresses forward again quickly showing how the sticking pattern applies and soon it is added to the body of knowledge that went before.
it ends on some generic stuff including reggae, jazz independance and comping and lots of triplet application.
this is an essential filler book for the self taught and a great introduction to reading.
i don't often say this of drum books but i am very glad i bought it. more so than the george lawrence stone book even.

for more visit: www.learntoplaymusic.com
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