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Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer Paperback – December 1, 1996
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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.
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.
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.
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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It's disappointing to buy a book on Amazon and learn that it is only a book filled with music notes and is completely worthless for a beginner who doesn't read music.Published 2 days ago by Jeffrey J. Froschauer
this is by far the best guide and instruction book available to learning the rudiments of drumming the correct way.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
What can i say! Ted Reed's Syncopation for the modern drummer is a true classic in the same league along with the books of Jim Chapin and Joe Morello.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A classic in drum literature, this book, along with Stick Control, is on just about every drumming list of top books. This is for good reason. Read more
This classic never gets old. I use this for teaching and for my own practice. Every drummer should own this.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer