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Drummer's Cookbook

By John Pickering

Drum set - Multiple Levels
Composed by John Pickering. Saddle-stitched, Technic. Rock & Jazz. Book and online audio. 80 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.93301).

Item Number: MB.93301

ISBN 9780871668264. 9 x 11.75 inches.

Take your creativity to another level with this book! Rock music is, or should be, a form of personal expression. This text was written to encourage and develop the drummer's ability to create and develop his own ideas from a solid foundation. This is one in a series of books that deals with one of the most important aspects of rock drumming that of rhythmic improvisation. Topics covered in this book are: The Rock Feeling, The Variations and Development of a Basic Figure, Rhythmic Improvisation, Solos, and Cymbal Variations with the Right Hand.

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  • I. The Rock Feeling:An explanation of some of the different "feels" or "grooves" used in rock featuring exercises showing three basic high hat patterns and their relationship to the overall feeling of a rhythm. 
  • II. The Variations and Development of a Basic Figure: A method of obtaining variations from a basic figure by 
  • A. Changing the tonal structure of a figure 
  • B. Changing the rhythmic structure of a figure 
  • III. Rhythmic Improvisation: A study of the concept of improvising rhythmically. Beginning with a basic rhythmic structure and proceeding in a manner similar to melodic improvisation. 
  • A. Chapter One- Variations of a basic beat, containing a series of eight, 8-bar solos derived from the exercises in this chapter. 
  • B. Chapter Two- Variations of a basic beat, again with a series of eight, 8-bar solos built from the exercises in this chapter. 
  • C. Cymbal Variations with the Right HandOffers a few exercises demonstrating the technique of varying the rhythm of the right hand, integrating it into the overall rhythm. 
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  • 2002-12-04 00:00:00.0 Looked good when I browsed it in a store

    I spent about 10 minutes browsing through this book in a music store and the material it contained looked quite good. Gave heaps of examples of different rock drum beats with descriptions of what sort of feel each style of beat gave. For 10 bucks it seemed pretty good value...

    . I have added it to my Xmas wish list.

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