Yep. I wanted to check out Jim Riley's "Song Charting" and "Survival Guide" books. I know Jim, and we're fellow Ludwig artists... I probably could have mooched the books or at least got files of them. But I quietly ordered them via his web site without letting him know (he obviously found out and autographed the books to me.) There's no reason to ask a favor in order to deprive him of the few bucks he makes per book for his work. OTOH, if I had written a book or two, it's likely we would have bartered them.Something we forget on the internet: everything belongs to someone.
Musicians need to support musicians. Not the facebook version of support, meaning just saying you support something, but the real meaning of support, meaning you'll pay for their music, books, lessons, and don't ask to get on the guest list for free entry into their gigs. Support means throw down a little cash.
And $20 is a steal compared to how much you'd pay a teacher to learn everything in the book!I fully agree. People stop making stuff when it goes out and gets stolen. There is SOME free material online, but $20 for a good book to help you in the lifelong journey of drumming is worth it.
Good idea.As a newbie, I looked for all the free lessons I could put my hands on, but when someone says, "This is a book you need to help with ___", I buy it. Once I either get all the good out of it I can, or decide it's not what I really want, I'll sell it to a second hand bookstore.
Yup. It took me a year of writing to finish Anatomy of Drumming, not including years of planning and study before that. If I wasn't going to make any money off it, I wouldn't have done it. I'd have still done most of the research - I think the information and concepts are valuable and I feel like they've helped my out a ton, but I wouldn't have gone through the trouble of writing them out. It was a pain in the butt, and stressful, and I cancelled lessons to meet deadlines. I wish it wasn't like that, that I was independently wealthy and could afford to not care, but I'm not. Single father, full custody.... That stuff hurts. Drum books ar a niche market at best. Even though the book is selling quite well right now (top Amazon since January) it's hardly paying my rent.I fully agree. People stop making stuff when it goes out and gets stolen.