This beginning- to intermediate-level book contains hundreds of practical, usable beats and fills. It teaches how to apply a variety of patterns and grooves to the actual performance of songs. The CD includes demos and 14 play-along tracks covering rock, blues and pop styles, with detailed instructions on how to create exciting, solid drum parts. It’s the most realistic and fun! way to learn drums.
Each chapter of this Awesome Book teaches you a variety of beats and also introduces several new songs for you to play along with. The chapters get progressively more complicated, but the authors explain the role of the drummer in these more complex songs.
If you master the instruction in this book, you can probably start playing with a band with a good measure of confidence.
About the Author
Rick Mattingly is a writer, editor, teacher, and drummer/percussionist. He is publications editor for the Percussive Arts Society, drum/percussion editor for Hal Leonard Corporation, and a former editor for Modern Drummer magazine. His articles on music and musicians have appeared in Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, Musician, Down Beat, Jazziz, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. He is the author of the instructional books Creative Timekeeping, the Hal Leonard Snare Drum Method, and All About Drums, all published by Hal Leonard; The Drummer’s Time, published by Modern Drummer, co-author of The Drumset Musician and Fast Track Drums (Hal Leonard), and editor of The Drum and Percussion Cookbook (Meredith) and numerous instructional books by such authors as Joe Morello, Peter Erskine, Gary Chester, Airto, Nancy Zeltsman and others. He teaches percussion and journalism at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky.