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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 (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Halee Garner on July 12, 2014
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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 Kelly Wood on March 2, 2015
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When my kids were grown and I decided to learn to play drums, I tried a bunch of different books and methods, and John's is the best I've found. The book teaches drumming from all different angles-- learning to play along with music, playing basic rhythms, reading music in both staff notation as well an easy, graphically understandable way-- "here is the drum you should hit"-- and many others. He explains everything clearly and understandably, and each section is full of interesting information and applicable methodology. You can employ the book sequentially, reading and learning from front to back, or dip into it, picking any section that looks interesting and engages you. He points out that learning an instrument should be FUN: that's why it is called PLAYING. He is a very good writer and educator, making learning fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A LaFlamme on March 4, 2015
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I decided to take up drum playing at age fifty, having never once before held a drumstick. If you would have told me that in five months I'd be reading drum notes (I didn't even know there was such a thing!) and playing along I'd have been dumbstruck. This book does a great job of teaching total novices, in a fun, non-intimidating, step-by-step manner. The "pictonotation" bridged the gap for me.
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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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