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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Drums, 2nd Edition (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – January 6, 2004

ISBN-13: 002-1898571625 ISBN-10: 159257162X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; 2nd edition (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159257162X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592571628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides a thorough overview of the history and theory of drums and percussion instruments -- Modern Dummer Magazine, July 2004

About the Author

Michael Miller is the author of several books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Drums, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Singing, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Composition. He has been using Cubase for a number of years. He used Cubase SX to record the audio CD included with the second edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Drums.

Customer Reviews

Recommended for every level of playing!
Christopher M. Smith
Very easy to comprehend and I love the Latin drumming exercises and the rudiments.
NatMat283
This is a great book to get you started and keep you going a long way.
Dave Nat

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jinglehiemer Schmidt on July 26, 2009
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At a later stage in life (31) I decided I wanted to pickup an interest that I had in high school but never fully explored. So I started taking drum lessons. My instructor charged $50 an hour but he taught me as if I already knew a lot about drumming. To his credit, he was a studio instructor and was used to critiquing "real" drummers in bands. I got to a point where his teaching style was simply incompatible with my knowledge level, and it was frustrating to both of us. So I stopped taking lessons, and got this book.

This book continues to teach me everything I wanted to know but didn't have time to ask my instructor. It filled in the gaps that probably would have taken dozens of expensive lessons. I am the kind of person who has to know everything about something in order to learn it, I can't just "go with the flow" and learn the bare minimum while being ignorant to a lot of details.

If that's how you are, then this book is for you. This book outshines its own "idiot's guide" series, as it should stand on its own merits.

You will not regret this book, if you are truly interested in learning drumming in a beginner friendly but complete way.

I plan to go back to the instructor after I'm done with this and see if he's still useful to me afterward.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Smith on January 13, 2009
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I have been playing for over 15 years... not that that truly means much, but i like to think that i am pretty well trained. I give lessons, do studio sessions, play in multiple groups with a broad range of diversities, etc. With that being said, this book has really brought me back to my foundation! As a long time percussionist, I have really developed my own style and sound. However, this book has successfully reacquainted me with a number of things that I have either forgot about or just simply missed in my early development stages. As i have worked through this book on my own and with my students, i have been surprised at how easy it is to follow! This book was truly written for a beginner to understand each aspect of "playing" or a drummer stuck in his ways like myself to brush up on some old tricks! Recommended for every level of playing!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Keith on December 14, 2005
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I got this book becuase I was going to start giving drum lessons to my friend. I wanted to find out if I knew what I should teach him. This book taught me pretty much everything that I needed to teach him. I think every aspect of drumming is covered in it. It's a very good tool for any aspiring drummer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Drew on April 1, 2008
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Awesome book!

First of all it has some great info about buying drums, price ranges, brands, etc. Very good resource there.
Second, lots of "getting started" topics for the beginner drummer.
This book really is a must for anyone starting drumming. My only complaint, i wish there was more sheet music within the book, but that is a small negative when compared to the huge amount of info in this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Flash on November 25, 2010
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I played music in school for almost eight years and went through a phase where I thought I was going to be the next Buddy Rich. If I had had this book back then, my chances would have increased dramatically (the advice about practicing using a pillow was worth the purchase price.) The book is easily read, which I guess accounts for saying it's for "idiots"; however, what's inside could take the rest of your life to master. Aside from all the info on the instruments themselves and how to set them up, the exercises on sticking, reading music, even just plain learning how to count out the beat have proven to consume more hours than I thought I had. Maybe I'm uncoordinated (or just getting old) but I would challenge any drummer (except maybe the consumate professional) to sit and play through all of these exercises and not mess up. This book is serious and if you're serious about playing well and developing technique, you'll dog-ear your copy just like me. As an aside, I highly recommend the use of a metronome while practicing. Are there any negatives about this book? A few. Mr. Miller does a reasonable job describing drum tuning but never mentions what drum to tune first (floor tom on a five piece kit from what I've been told) and the audio CD, although it does contain all the exercises and a couple of tunes, is not easily navigated in picking a specific exercise. What would have been nice is for the publisher to include digital pictures of the practice bars for display on your computer so you wouldn't be trying to prop the book open on a music stand. Although I haven't yet made it there myself, my prediction is that by the time you get through all the material in this book, you'll be one heck of a drummer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Bloom on January 11, 2009
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I got his for my husband for Christmas and he loved this book! He said it is the best book on drumming he has ever seen. He is a librarian, so he has seen a lot of them. It got him inspired.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave Nat on July 8, 2008
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You have a rare treat in store when you get this book. The author is a professional writer who is also an accomplished drummer. What you get is writing as polished as anything ghostwritten, backed up with serious knowledge and passion. This is a great book to get you started and keep you going a long way. I'd suggest getting this book, and Tommy Igoe's Getting Started On Drums-Setting Up - Start Playing DVD DVD for anyone just starting to play drums.
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More About the Author

Michael Miller is the best-selling writer of more than 100 non-fiction books. He writes about a variety of topics, including computers, online selling, business, consumer electronics, and music. From his first book (Ventura Publisher Techniques and Applications, published in 1988) to his latest title, he has established a reputation for practical advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.

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