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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882847953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882847955
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reed's Syncopation is an endlessly challenging method book.
john lester
Get this book and after you are have completed your first pass through this book there is no way you wont be a better drummer as a result of your work.
Donald
This book has been very helpful for drumming and for helping me learn to read music.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John E Lester on November 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Syncopation is much more than a nicely graduated reading text. Used skillfully, and with a good teacher, this classic can go a long way towards teaching the elements of limb independance and co-ordination. Superimposing ostinato patterns over the "as written" notation reveals a world of possibilities.
Bass players, as well as others, can derive benefit from the complexities of reading the syncopated figures in this book. Each exercise places quarter notes in each measure so that the student can always see the relationship of the downbeat to the exercise.
Drummers, get this book, get Stone's Stick Control, get a good teacher, and you will be well on the way to the ranks of the musically monstrous.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Etan on January 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you're a beginner and just learning how to read music (for drums) this is a great book. It is good to have a teacher go through this book with you, and maybe add in some things... it is always good and very helpful to count out loud while going through this book. The book is only snare + bass, and starts with quarters, then goes on to eights, sixteenths, triplets, and even sixteenth-note triplets. It also has a few rolls, and in the end it teaches you accents.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Derek Warren on July 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you want to significantly improve your independence skills, buy this book and then find an instructor who can show you the more than 40 different ways to apply it to the drum set.

Alan Dawson used this book extensively with his students. Thankfully, one of his students has documented those 40+ ways. See "The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught by Alan Dawson" (Paperback), by author John Ramsay. Ramsay did a great job of identifying (and providing audio examples) of the numerous ways you can apply Syncopation.

An excellent precursor to this book is Jim Chapin's "Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer". That book will help you develop the basic independence you'll need to dive into Syncopation. Or if you already possess the ability to play the swing ostinato while playing swung eighth notes and triplets and sixteenth notes between your snare drum and bass drum, then you can likely dive right in.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Million Dollar Legs on August 10, 2010
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This is not a "so you want to rock" book you find at the music store chain, this is to drumming what sanding and joinery is to a woodworker. Anybody that calls themselves a drummer has this hurdle to climb, a must for a serious drummer. My 1st teacher gave me this and "Stick Control" in the 1981 when I started taking drum lessons. I wasn't sure why I was learning to swing when the trend was rock, but I soon found myself deconstructing every song into these patterns. This book is written in jazz notation, meaning that it does not include the ride cymbal and hi-hat patterns in every bar. You should be able to play all of these patterns with a swing ride (dotted eight note) and the hit-hat on 2 and four. It sounds easy, but playing straight 8th or 16th notes on the left hand while swinging in triplet time on the right can really be frustrating. Make sure to reverse your hands after you've mastered your dominant technique, this breaks the limb dependance. My teacher told me that I should be relaxed enough to be able to play all of these patterns and recite the gettysburg address at the same time. This book unravels rhythm in a way that has been duplicated, but never matched over the years.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Ward on January 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I started drumming a couple of months ago. For 3 months I watched youtube and other drumming DVDs. I liked it but did not sound very good. About 2 months ago I got a teacher and his requirement was this book to start.

Two weeks with this book I learned more and understand more then the three months I played before. My instructor would show me how it would sound and how to practice with this book. I would go home and practice for a couple of hours a week.

You will get what you put into this book. For beginners, this book will make you better. You just have to put the time/work into using it. With a good teacher and this book, you can improve even faster.

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After playing drums for a couple of years now, I really think that this book is a strong selection for your library. I have since moved to other books and learned a ton of new beats and rhythms. I still find myself coming back to this book. I am using it to inspire drum fill ideas. Just moving the snare this around the toms or sometimes splitting the hits between the snare and cymbal. Very strong book if you use it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Schwartz on August 8, 2001
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This book at a glance looks simple, but there is so many deferent ways it is useful. It is goo d to practice slow and then getting faster, also using one hand, or you feet. I think this book will set you mind free of pattern. It will let to do anything with either hand making you a better drummer. You have to practice this and use it a lot to get anything out of it. It is a must have for a drummer of any level.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald on January 23, 2013
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This book and "Stick Control" are the backbone of rudiment books for percussionists. It is no less than essential that this book be used to learn or tune-up one's understanding of accenting unexpected notes in percussion play. All of my comments in "Stick Control" apply here. Get this book and after you are have completed your first pass through this book there is no way you wont be a better drummer as a result of your work. Isn't that what it all about.
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