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The Commandments of R&B Drumming

A Comprehensive Guide to Soul, Funk and Hip Hop

By Zoro

Drum set
A Comprehensive Guide to Soul, Funk and Hip Hop. Composed by Zoro. Edited by transcr. Brian Mason. Artist/Personality; Method/Instruction; Percussion - Drumset Method or Collection. R&B and Instructional. Book and Digital Download. 160 pages. Alfred Music #00-0110B. Published by Alfred Music (AP.0110B).

Item Number: AP.0110B

ISBN 9780769216911. 9x12 inches. English. Transcribed by Brian Mason.

The Commandments of R&B Drumming is a historical and in-depth study of R&B drumming, from soul to funk to hip-hop, written by world-renowned session & live drummer Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Sean Lennon). Topics include practice tips, developing the funky bass drum and hi-hat, creating and playing with loops, and what are considered the Ten Commandments of Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop (the top ten recordings from each era). This book not only pays homage to the R&B drummers of the past, but gives the reader a fortune of invaluable information both in history and playing.

This newly revised 10th anniversary edition features updated information and loads of new photos and album artwork throughout. It includes a play-along recording featuring various styles of R&B, and also includes an R&B history tree. 160 pages covering every imaginable angle, nook, and cranny of R&B for only $25.99! The book was voted the #1 educational drum book in the world by Modern Drummer magazine's Readers Poll and also deemed a must-have for the soulful drummer, by Traps Magazine.

Zoro's book is a milestone achievement and the most comprehensive book on the subject of R&B drumming I have ever seen.
-Vinnie Colaiuta

I consider Zoro's book an essential investment!
-Dennis Chambers.

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    The vandal
    Houston, TX
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  • July 09, 2001 Zoro is the best

    This book is the best, most in depth book I have ever studied and read. It is usefull for the all around player who wants to learn R&B, or the R&B player. It helps you develope skills used to play R&B. It is fun to read and...


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