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The Complete Guide to Playing Brushes: Brush Skills for Playing Jazz and Pop Music (Book & DVD) Paperback – March 26, 2011

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  • Paperback: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; Pap/DVD edition (March 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3933136849
  • ISBN-13: 978-3933136848
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By drummin man on April 7, 2012
Fantastic book for playing brushes. It is most useful for applying them in a modern setting. I am a professional musician/educator. I worked through "the sound of brushes", "brushworks", and "brush artistry". I have also used their accompaning DVD's as well as the dvd "the art of brushes". I found this book (complete guide to playing brushes) to be the the most enjoyable and rewarding to work through. This book has completly changed my brush playing opening up new doors and avenues of expression. The accompaning dvd is a fantastic addition to the book allowing you to see the patterns being played. With dedicated practice you will be able to transfer everything you can play with sticks to the brushes. What more can you ask for out of a brush technique book. Bravo to Florian for a job well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 2, 2012
I own all of the main instructional DVDs (The Essence of Brushes (DVD), Clayton Cameron: Brushworks - The DVD, The Art of Playing with Brushes DVD/Play Along CD), and think this one deserves a place along side them. What distinguishes this book/DVD set from the videos I cited above are two things:

(1) It is not jazz-centric
(2) The instructor, Florian Alexandru-Zorn, uses match grip when demonstrating exercises and techniques

Let me back up and state up front that I am a jazz drummer and I use traditional grip exclusively. I think it's folks like myself who sometimes are the barriers to pop drummers learning how to play with brushes. This set removes those barriers in my opinion.

For one thing the instructor and material clearly demonstrate how to employ brushes in pop music, which can extend to I-IV-V rock some call blues, as well as country, Americana and roots music. And, of course, rock (especially some forms of alternative rock!). For that reason this package should make a lot of sense to non-jazz drummers. From personal experience I can say that every other package on the market falls far short in that respect, and is a barrier to non-jazz drummers even considering learning how to play with brushes.

Another barrier this package breaks is proving that playing brushes using match grip is perfectly fine. Most drummers play match grip, yet most brush instructional videos are demonstrated with traditional grip.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas R. Lang on September 6, 2012
I've been playing drums for about 14 years, and have spent a considerable amount of time on brushes lately (transcribing patterns by brush masters, watching videos, checking out methods, etc.). I came across this book via clips on youtube. I rushed to pick a copy at my local music store.
What I can say about this book, is that it has a very "ground-up" approach, in that you start with straight quarter notes, with both hands playing full circles. There's four ways to play quarter notes in unison in this book, with different motions, and areas of attack on the drum. He does this same approach for all other subdivisions. Basically, this comprehensive approach helps to prepare the drummer for comfortability playing on any part of the drum.
The accompanying DVD is great, too, in that we can watch Florian play the patterns himself, answering any sort of questions we may have.
I do have one gripe with the book. I'd like to see what he has to say about the reading exercises. How exactly are they supposed to be interpreted? When there is a rest, what should we be doing with the brushes?
Other than that, I really like this book. After only a few practice sessions out of this book, I can see improvement in my brush facility.
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