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About the Author

John Lamb has a B.S. in Music, Biology and Psychology and a Masters in Education, with certificates in teaching adults and designing online education. He has also studied drumming with Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan) and Rodney Holmes (Santana, Wayne Shorter). His previous titles include A Matter of Time: The science of rhythm and the groove. He is currently studying somatic education including the Alexander Technique and Andover Education. John teaches privately in Portland, OR and online through Skype. He has been performing the drums professionally around the U.S. and Asia since he was 15 years old. John is also a professional photographer and took most of the photos in this book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500413399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500413392
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Halee Garner on July 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
this book is really helpful for beginning drummers I had one of my new students read it and it helped her understand the concept of drumming
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2014
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Author John Lamb explains early on in this well written and well designed (gorgeous visual elements really enhance this book) book on START PLAYING DRUMS - a book designed for adults to learn to play drums, `Many adults worry that it is too late to learn -- the "old dog can't learn new tricks" syndrome. Luckily, there isn't much truth to this in music. Adults can actually learn faster than kids. The reason is simple; As adults, we are able to focus our attention and energy in ways that kids don't yet comprehend. We all do what we think will work. To meet our objectives, we all take the actions that we think will bring about a successful outcome. Nobody fails on purpose, unless the purpose is to fail. If we direct our energy towards a greater understanding then we can make the time you spend learning much more effective. Besides, the real point of playing music is to be yourself and to have fun. It doesn't take endless hours of study to have fun.

In this brief but thorough book he takes us through an exploration of how to use this book, Setting up the drums, Notation, The fundamentals, Getting to the Groove, Basic technique, Variations , Song forms, Fills, Practice method, Practice tips, Playing with a band, and Reading staff notation.

Lamb writes in a way that he wants us to understand his message - a technique sorely missing in other books that attempt to explain the magic of understanding the foundations of music. Lamb comes to this shared experience with a bachelor's degree in Music, Biology and Psychology and a Masters in Education focused on teaching rhythm. He is not only a teacher but he also has studied drumming and performs widely from his home location in Portland, Oregon. And, yes, he is a professional photographer which explains why the many beautiful images in this book are so additive.

Think you can't learn to drum? Think again - and have a LOT of fun in the process! Another really fine book from John Lamb. Grady Harp, July 14
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By plproduction on July 14, 2014
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John makes a great connection between everything from basic rudiments to how to connect with people on the bandstand and the how these are prioritized in what context you are working in. Whether you are a beginner or advanced player I think there are some good things to be learned from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mack Robertson on July 25, 2014
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Clear and concise introduction to the drums. Five stars!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WilliamVW on July 13, 2014
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I was one of those kids who always wanted to play the drums, but my mom refused to let me, owing to the noise. Now in my 40s and looking to get a little more fun from life, I can appreciate Mr. Lamb's approach here. He understands that adults are time-constrained. He gets that we may not want to learn to read conventional music notation or drill endlessly on this or that technique. "Start Playing Drums" breaks down into three basic areas: 1) This is what you do with the drums. 2) This is how drumming should feel. 3) These are some songs you'll recognize (and probably love) that you can start playing almost immediately. I'm sort of a results-and-spreadsheets sort of guy, so I took one star off because Lamb sort of glosses over the mileposts aspect of drum learning. "You'll know it when you know it" leaves me a little uneasy. But this is music, not accounting, and Lamb's no-stress approach is probably a lot more appealing and productive precisely because it doesn't adhere to that "you must achieve THIS or you've FAILED" kind of mentality. His whole object is to get you into the groove of playing -- a subject he spends a lot of time discussing. It doesn't take much to get you to the point where you can play with others, and that's where the real fun kicks in. If you want a simple, easy system to follow, and you've always longed to hit the skins, you'll enjoy this quick read.
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