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Donny Gruendler: Percussion Loops

Often times, a percussion loop is used not only for rhythmic texture during a recording (or live gig), but as a substitution for a monotonous click track as well. These types of loops help to generate a particular feel and flavour, rather than a specific drum part as in Total Accompaniment. This way the producer (or artist) is not specifically telling you what to play, but they are definitively guiding you in the right direction!

In this situation, your job is to keep good time along with a conga part (or shaker, tambourine etc.) and let the ethnic rhythm influence (and dictate) your drumset groove.


As a student trying to learn the indispensable skill of grooving with loops, this book is an invaluable resource for me. Aside from working with him directly (he does give lessons, folks!), this book is the only way to access Donny's encyclopedic knowledge of what it means to actually play WITH a loop, not just over it, or worse, against it. Plus, there's a bunch of hot fills in it. Sick!
C. Green (PIT, Hollywood, CA)

Donny Gruendler has put together a very practical method of learning to play with loops, an all important tool for the modern drummer who wants to work! This book and CDs seem to be the only educational tool out there to cover this material. Very well done!
Chuck Silverman "drummer, educator" (LA, CA, USA)

If you are interested in becoming a commercial drummer in either Rock, Pop, Metal or Hip Hop -- this book is for you. Gruendler clearly walks you through his tried and true methods of playing along with Drum Loops, Instrument Loops, Sound Fx and Full Backing Tracks. There are approx. 150 loops to play along to and clearly presented demo tracks (On 2 CDs). AND you can go to Gruendler's website and download additional loops with the code provided on the inner cover of the book. So thats 300 Loops!

Also included are chapters on developing a live rig for use with a band and MIDI/DAW/Programming concepts and instruction too! Overall this is a great (and FUN)resource on a subject that has not been covered -- Until now!
Dave Dorchester (New York, NY)