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Old 11-07-2013, 11:18 AM
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Hi Jackohan, I would get the red one. Which is rhythmic illusions.

His books are VERY hard (at least to me) and i stopped going through them to focus on more pressing stuff that needed to be addressed in my playing.

THey are also very conceptual which means the ideas will take a while to internalise. Great books non the less.

Do you have stick control, master studies, syncopation, new breed as well? Definately worth getting

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Old 11-13-2013, 03:15 AM
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Attention beginner drummers and drum teachers!!

If you're looking for a strong foundation on the drums, check out Time-Keepers for all iOS devices. It's loaded with over 30 HD play-along videos to help you learn a wide vocabulary of grooves and fills. See a play-along video by clicking here. You'll also learn strategies on how to practice the lesson material effectively and how to apply it to music. Time-Keepers is now available in iBooks..
Click here for a FREE sample of Time-Keepers including 4 videos!!

I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR SOME FEEDBACK FROM DRUMMERS HERE WHO WOULD LIKE TO CHECK IT OUT!

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“I am 100% behind Time-Keepers. It focuses on subject matter that is paramount to those wishing to advance not only as a drummer, but more importantly as a musician. Much respect.”
- Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck/Suzie McNeil)


“This is a great book! Meat & Potatoes. All killer, no filler. It’s the book that every beginning student should have. Thanks Kevin, for giving students what they want and teachers an easy and concise way to give it to ‘em."
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:49 PM
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Can someone review the book "Universal Rhythms For The DrumSet" By "Dave DiCenso"?
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:25 PM
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Hey!

I'm searching for a new drum challenge.
Rick Lathams Advanced Funk Studies was great!

Does anyone have ideas on what books would be nice for me to play?
I'm having a hard time finding a book with at least the same 'difficulty'.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:28 PM
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NAME: Drum School "Taking It To The Next Level"

STAR RATING: *****

WORDED RATING: Drum School comes with a Book, 2 DvD's & 1 Cd. Every audio & visual lesson is recorded & filmed in 3 separate levels with a metronome from beginner to extreme advanced level players.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This 4 piece "Drum School" catalog's title alone is self explanatory and lives up to its name. "Drum School" portrays itself academically and describes the content by portraying this product as nothing but an educational learning tool for all levels.

PUBLISHED BY: Drum School Products LLC - Lee Mangano (pres /ceo)


DESCRIPTION: Lee Mangano is not only the main drum instructor performing on the DvD's, he is also the producer and creator of Drum School. This great drum tutorial has filmed the experience & knowledge from 6 other professional drummers that have toured internationally, and have a combined 50,000,000 records, tapes and major movie soundtracks sold throughout the world. Drum School wanted to cover as many styles of drums & percussion as possible on both of the 60:00 dvd's.

Drum School Teachers :
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Hello everyone,

Has anyone used this book?

4-Way Coordination: A Method Book for the Development of Complete Independence on the Drum Set
http://amazon.co.uk/dp/0769233708

I would appreciate any thoughts on how good it is for beginners/intermediate players.

Many thanks.
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Has anyone used this book?

4-Way Coordination: A Method Book for the Development of Complete Independence on the Drum Set
http://amazon.co.uk/dp/0769233708

I would appreciate any thoughts on how good it is for beginners/intermediate players.

Many thanks.
I bought this book a while back and started working through the exercises. After a few days, I stopped and moved onto other exercises. Don't get me wrong, it is a classic book. Terry Bozzio says he worked through this book. However, I feel the book is rather 'dry'. I found plenty of other ways/books to work on independence, that were also a lot more engaging. If you are a beginner/intermediate, I'm sure you will start to look elsewhere just like I did.
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. I found plenty of other ways/books to work on independence, that were also a lot more engaging. If you are a beginner/intermediate, I'm sure you will start to look elsewhere just like I did.
Thanks for the advice. So what other book(s) wold you recommend to work on independence?
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Thanks for the advice. So what other book(s) wold you recommend to work on independence?
Just at the top of my head: The New Breed which also touches on timing, groove and reading all at the same time. I would strongly recommend this over everything else, because you're working on several things at the same time.

There are several exercises that can be applied to the Syncopation book, just do a search on the forum.

Get into Latin drumming even if you don't play Latin. Excellent coordination practice in a musical setting.
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TITLE: Morgan Ågren's Conundrum: A Percussive Misadventure

AUTHOR: Carl King

RATING: 3/5

PLAYING TIME: 2 hours

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This more a documentary on a person than it is a performance DVD.

I love Morgan Agren but I found myself quite frustrated at the producer (Carl King), because he doesn't seem to understand that people buy a dvd about a drummer because they want to watch him drum.

Every performance played second fiddle to an interviewee talking. E.g There was footage of morgan doing a performance at some sort of clinic and instead of just letting us watch, we had the volume cut down and some guy talking about what Morgan was doing in the clinic. It's like the person who edited the movie doesn't think we would find the performance entertaining enough? And there was a jam with Tony Abbassi and some other great bass player and instead of seeing that jam, we have the same guys standing around in a kitchen talking about Swedish clothing or something.

There were plenty of wasteful scenes like some guys store where he keeps empty air tanks that were supposedly for Morgan to play on (which we never saw). I felt that this DVD was going to be like this before I bought it and I tried to find some reviews that confirmed my suspicions but there weren't, so here is one. It's not the type of movie that you'll come back to because you want to absorb more drumming, once you see it, you've seen it.

On the plus side, it was still an okay watch and there were some very honest insights on being a drummer, the music scene, maybe a little bit pessimistic but it was good to see who Morgan is as a person and I am happy to support him.

And because this dvd didn't give me what I really wanted, it made me more curious about his playing and I'm probably going to go and get the Mats/Morgan cd and study him a bit more.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:34 PM
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I recently went through a phase of purposely taking a MAJOR set backwards. We all get so caught up in trying to play really "advanced" stuff (odd time signatures, left foot clave, etc.), that we take things that we think we know for granted.

So I spent the better part of a year working with Jojo Mayer's "Secret Weapons..." DVD (the first disc), EVERY DAY. I've been drumming for 22 years. I know the Gladstone and Moeller techniques. But sitting there and watching Jojo break it down into it's smallest parts and doing it along with him at agonizingly slow tempos made a MASSIVE difference in my playing. The "advanced" stuff improved just by working on the basics. I highly recommend it.

I don't know what the rating system is here, but I give it a 5/5, 10/10, 5 stars, two thumbs up, whatever it is.
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HEADING: DRUM SCHOOL
NAME: Taking It To The Next Level

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DRUM SCHOOL consists of 6 professional drummers of all styles combining their experience & technique to share with the student. DRUM SCHOOL's # 1 priority is to offer every student learning tools in all media formats produced with quality & information viable to the music educational world. Every Lesson is recorded in 3 separate levels from beginner to extreme advanced.

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Lee, your above reviews aren't exactly impartial.
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Lee, your above reviews aren't exactly impartial.
I agree. These leave a bad taste in my mouth. I don't think this thread is intended for publishers or anyone associated with the project to hawk their wares. I actually think Lee should delete these.

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Old 04-30-2014, 07:26 PM
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I think having the drummers themselves submitting reviews of their own tutorials isn't a bad thing in itself. One can still be as objective as possible. But applying that 5-star rating to one's own material is rather pointless - this should be left to the users.
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TITLE: The Level System

AUTHOR: Jeffrey W Johnston

RATING: 4/5

PLAYING TIME: Book

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This book deals specifically with stick heights and how they relate to certain rudiments and grooves.

Jeff does a great job explaining the subject and each element in the book clearly.
All the notation is clear and nothing gets too cluttered or feels unnecessary.

More of a reference book than a specific exercise book it would work great along side Master Studies, Stick Control and Accents and Rebounds.

Great job Jeff!
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The Commandments of the Half-Time Shuffle by Zoro (book only)
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A great instructional book for any one interested in mastering the half-time shuffle and applicable to all triplet based rhythms
TARGET AUDIENCE:
Anyone but most appropriate for intermediate drummers or more advanced drummers unfamiliar with this groove.
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Here is what you get
History of the groove examples and transcriptions
Loads of technical exercises covering every permutation of snare hi hat and kick

Why it's great? If you practice it correctly your freedom in this lovely groove is assured. More than just covering Fool in the Rain or Rossana or Babalon Sisters you get very comfortable with this groove so that it isn't just a prescribed 2 or 4 bar groove, but more like you gain the vocabulary and independence to "play whatever you feel" quite naturally. It is well organized and written. It applicable way beyond this shuffle. I am finding it one of my all time favs and encourage anyone interested to give it a real try. I am a third of the way through and I am amazed at I can talk out loud and improvise in the groove. Three months ago I couldn't play Rossana even at a slow bpm without locking up.
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TITLE: The Level System

AUTHOR: Jeffrey W Johnston

RATING: 4/5

PLAYING TIME: Book

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This book deals specifically with stick heights and how they relate to certain rudiments and grooves.

Jeff does a great job explaining the subject and each element in the book clearly.
All the notation is clear and nothing gets too cluttered or feels unnecessary.

More of a reference book than a specific exercise book it would work great along side Master Studies, Stick Control and Accents and Rebounds.

Great job Jeff!
Dave,

I just noticed your review now. I'm glad to see that you are enjoying the book!

Thanks again,

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I bought this book a while back and started working through the exercises. After a few days, I stopped and moved onto other exercises. Don't get me wrong, it is a classic book. Terry Bozzio says he worked through this book. However, I feel the book is rather 'dry'. I found plenty of other ways/books to work on independence, that were also a lot more engaging. If you are a beginner/intermediate, I'm sure you will start to look elsewhere just like I did.
I just started this book.
What do you recommend?
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Hey I am thinking about getting JoJo Mayer's Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer DVD Foot Technique and his first DVD and Benny Greb's Language of Drumming DVD. Have you guys had success with these?
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Does anyone have recommendations for books that teach you how to read? I already taught myself the VERY basics but would like to go deeper.
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Does anyone have recommendations for books that teach you how to read? I already taught myself the VERY basics but would like to go deeper.
It's a DVD rather than a book, but Pat Petrillo's 'How to Read Rhythms.....Better' is an excellent instructional for getting started reading. It does contain plenty of PDF's that you can print out and practice reading along with.
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It's a DVD rather than a book, but Pat Petrillo's 'How to Read Rhythms.....Better' is an excellent instructional for getting started reading. It does contain plenty of PDF's that you can print out and practice reading along with.

http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Reading...re+drum+method

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Rock Drumming System Review
Another solid DVD system

The Rock Drumming System provides a step-by-step lesson system to take you from beginner to advanced more quickly than you thought possible.

What I like:

The system is broken down into beginner, intermediate, and advanced systems with a DVD and workbook for each level.
Songs to jam along with; you get to watch the song being played on the DVD, then play along with the CD.
Wide variety of lessons and techniques covered.
Professional instruction.
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Jared is the only instructor so you only get to learn from him, kind of like private lessons.
Not as much content as Learn & Master Drums or the Drumming System.
The beginner level moves a little slowly, but then you advance to the intermediate and advanced levels.
Overall, I would say this is a good system for drum lessons. It doesn't have nearly as much content as my top 2 picks, but is still a good value.
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What book would you guys recommend for learning basic brush work?
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Does anyone know if there is a book/dvd out there specifically aimed at kids beginners drumming?

If not (you could make one!) what would you say is best for starting a kid off?

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I also have been thinking of that, Contact me at my website, I have a few great ideas we can talk about....

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This book deals specifically with stick heights and how they relate to certain rudiments and grooves.
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More of a reference book than a specific exercise book it would work great along side Master Studies, Stick Control and Accents and Rebounds.
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Just a thanks for the recommendations here. I've ordered all but Master Studies. That was only because I need a recommendation for Beginner's Studies. (Playing, not reading which I can already do.)

So thanks again and to any who might be able to suggest a beginners book.
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Hey folks. I found the book/cd Pedal Control by Don Famularo on Amazon and was wondering if anyone here had checked it out. I tried to search for it on here but the only time it came up was when someone else a while back asked about it. With all of the reviews on here, surely someone must've tried this book!
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Hey folks. I found the book/cd Pedal Control by Don Famularo on Amazon and was wondering if anyone here had checked it out. I tried to search for it on here but the only time it came up was when someone else a while back asked about it. With all of the reviews on here, surely someone must've tried this book!
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Here are two somewhat lesser-known books I really enjoy:

Peter Retzlaff and Jim Rupp - Turn it Up & Lay it Down: Baby Steps To Giant Steps

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Fantastic playalongs, clean layout, helpful introductory texts and exercises

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Jazz Drummers from beginner to professional

PUBLISHED BY:
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DESCRIPTION:
The CD contains 11 increasingly faster songs from 100 bpm (Blues) to above 300 bpm (Giant Steps) played by a small combo. The songs are all 12 bar blues or famous 32 bar standards. Most songs have you playing Fours towards the end, solo ideas are notated. For each song you get a leadsheet with melody and chords but also a short drum sheet and some proposed key figures written out. Before each new tune, some advice is given. The first few pages of the book contain some comping exercises and brush and ride cymbal patterns. This book can be used by players of pretty much all levels because it starts like Art of Bop (comping and fills). If you try to work on the written solos, you can learn some Philly Joe Jones-esque ideas. The first song is already quite challenging on the solo part and there is no click. Also the songs are played in a rather realistic manner - the time of the other musicians is not static, so you really need to listen. There are only drum-less tracks on the CD but no other short-comings. A very well-rounded package!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fEoFNPGIzw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ej3ZbDpeac (unofficial video of the first song by someone on YT, solo differs from the notated one)

https://www.amazon.com/Turn-Up-Lay-D...to+giant+steps

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Also fantastic playalongs and clean layout - takes you through typical Swing/Broken Swing tunes with switches to different Latin styles

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Jazz Drummers from intermediate to professional

PUBLISHED BY:
Hal Leonard

DESCRIPTION:
The book comes with 3 CDs and is divided into 3 chapters. Some grooves are given for the Latin styles but you need to intrepet the charts and mostly come up with your own grooves, fills and kicks.
Chapter 1: playalongs of 16 bars Swing, 16 bars other style (Bossa Nova, 6/8, Songo,...) to practice switching the groove
Chapter 2: longer playalongs of a small combo with lead sheets, e.g. 16 bars melody with Swing, 16 bars piano solo swing, 16 bars piano solo Latin, bass solo...
Chapter 3: big band charts (several pages long) to work on different styles, set-ups and so on - also some solo spots for the drums are provided (sometimes with vamps playing through those parts)
This book is probably not so much for absolute jazz beginners because you need some basic ideas about comping and section/ensemble figures. No exercises on these topics but the CDs also come with drums on the tracks which might help getting started.

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