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Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer: Coordinated Independence as Applied to Jazz and Be-Bop, Vol. 1 (Book & CD-ROM) Paperback – July 31, 2002


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (July 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757995403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757995408
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must buy for any serious set drummer.
Tom Martin
The CDs are great and are helpful in understanding the trickier patterns.
R. Gray
I still have a lot of work to do with it, so I gotta go!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jesse H. Jenkins on May 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Jim Chapin's Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer is the witten document that shifted drumming into the modern world. I have owned a copy since I was 16 years old (forty years). It still holds up, and opened many doors for myself and other drummers. Mr. Chapin has trained many outstanding drummers, in his methods, which derive from the Moeller technique he was trained in as a young man. How can you miss with a drummer that was a compatriot of Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and countless others? Not to mention, the father of the incredible Harry Chapin. You can't be a drummer and not know about this book. The CD is a major boost, for us. This is ONE musical genius!
I have absolutely no reservations in recommending it to all drummers. Go for it!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter Casselman on September 24, 2005
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This book helped shape the art of drumming, and continues to be a must-have for drummers. Chapin's book was used a favorite of Elvin, Tony, and tons of great drummers. This book isn't just for jazz drummers, though. Anyone looking to develop independence should check out this book. The independence it builds between the hands and feet is invaluable in any type of music that needs to groove. Even almost sixty years after its publication, this continues to be an amazing book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Info Source on March 20, 2010
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I'm not commenting on the content, but this is hand-written musical notation that looks like it has been through a few generations or recopying. It looks sloppy, and when you are taxing your brain trying to learn exercises, you shouldn't have to worry about reading muddy and blurry print the publisher was too lazy to spend a couple hundred bucks to transcribe into sharp, readable text. My "62nd printing" looks like it has been through a photocopier about that many times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Obrien on April 29, 2008
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That quote stuck with me from a Peter Erskine video in which he pays homage to (though doesn't directly mention) the genius of Jim Chapin. I spent part of my workday cutting and pasting from this book to get the exercises to fit on one page because I wanted to remove distractions such as turning the book page mid-exercise! This requires we focus.

What is especially nice is that this book relates the ideas in a musical context. Not just doing a complicated rudiment that you probably won't use: this stuff you can use right away.

I agree that this is a must have for drummers regardless of style. Especially rock drummers, like myself. It has opened up a whole new world of ideas. I found it easiest to start with the dotted eighths and triplet sections (1A and 1C) before trying the eighths and sixteenths sections (1B and 1D). This book is one of the treasures of my library, and it has dramatically improved by playing in only one month. This after playing for 25 years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Gray on June 13, 2007
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This book is designed with the jazz drummer in mind, but the exercises will help all players develop independence. The cymbal / hi-hat pattern is pretty consistent through the entire book book - the dotted 16th pattern that is common in be-bop. This means that the right hand is doing the same thing in pretty much every exercise, assuming you are right handed. Despite this, the exercises can be quite challenging, especially as the book progresses. To keep things interesting, alternate the sticking so that your non-dominant hand plays the cymbal pattern. The CDs are great and are helpful in understanding the trickier patterns. It's easy to see why this book is a standard among jazz drummers, but any drummer will benefit from mastering the patterns in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kirklandish on September 14, 2012
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If you're like me you may be overwhelmed by the amount of instructional material out there. The reality is there is so much to learn and so little time. You can overwhelm yourself trying to learn the myriad of styles out there.

I have bought a few books in the eight years I have been playing drums. This is one of the best I have run across. It's at once challenging and fairly accessible. The lessons proceed in a logical manner and help one realize concepts that are invaluable.

After stopping and starting a few different methods in the rush to learn everything (maybe you can relate), I have decided to concentrate my energy on this (along with the Rich/Adler rudiment) book. The lessons really help with 4 way coordination, left hand development and help one internalize how different subdivisions feel.

The author also suggests ways for getting more mileage out of the book like playing all the earlier exercises with the bass drum or playing a quarter note ride instead of the traditional spang a lang.

I play music that is more in a heavy indie/alternative rock vein, but I feel this book has been way more valuable in helping me develop than some of the more rock oriented exercises I have practiced. Every time I spend a couple of weeks with this book I feel my playing has improved.

Definitely focusing on this from now on and working this all the way through.

The only thing I wish it had was a section on 3/4 jazz time. But I can work on that later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drums&Percussion on January 22, 2012
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Many top names in music have used his book...one of my instructors got me into this book years ago and I recently puchased it again after giving away my previous copy. This edition comes with a CD of Jim Chapin playing the patterns as they are written. If you need help in getting started, find an instructor in your area who can help you play these patterns. I found it very, very useful for keeping time while being able to develop my own creative expression. You can do it too...a little effort with this book will help you grow into becomming a mature musician. Also, check out another great book for developing independence and coordination: Gary Chester's, The New Breed.
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