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The Level System

A Natural Method for Developing Control of Accents and Dynamics

By Jeff W. Johnson

Snare Drum
A Natural Method for Developing Control of Accents and Dynamics. Composed by Jeff W. Johnson. Book; Method/Instruction; Percussion - Snare Drum Method. 52 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.38963).

Item Number: AP.38963

ISBN 0739086642.

This book is an overview of the level system as taught by George Lawrence Stone and Joe Morello. Use of this method will allow the performer to transition instantly between accented and unaccented notes. The level system is unlike most other methods of drumming because the hands always prepare for the upcoming note one stroke in advance by utilizing full strokes, downstrokes, upstrokes, and taps. This allows the drummer to perform within an extreme dynamic range while remaining free of tension. The Level System will prove to be a valuable aid to the drummer who has experience on the instrument but wishes to further develop a natural technique. It can also be an important tool for the beginning student first learning the techniques and rudiments of drumming. Drumset players will benefit from both the hand exercises and the drumset exercises in the last chapters.

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  • June 25, 2012 Excellent book!

    This is an excellent book! There are the ideas of G.L. Stone and J. Morello and Jeffrey Johnson did a great book, with good overview over the topics in this book. I think it is good for every drummer - beginners to professionals - everybody finds in this book something, he...

    did not know! So, a book for lifetime - combined with Morello´s Masterstudies and Stone´s Stick Controll - a perfect drumming tool!

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