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Mel Bay presents Inside The Big Band Drum Chart Spiral-bound – February 18, 2008

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About the Author

Jazz drummer, author, and educator Steve Fidyk has toured and recorded with Maureen McGovern, New York Voices, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, The Capitol Bones, The Taylor/Fidyk Big Band, an ensemble he co-leads with Stan Kenton arranger Mark Taylor, and is currently the drummer with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble from Washington D.C.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (February 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786676450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786676453
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andy on October 5, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I bought this book hoping it would be a good start point to big band drumming.
I give it 3 stars because it's poorly laid out and is very cluttered in how the music is written. It explains things fairly briefly and there are NO track markings for the audio CD, it just says 'MP3' and you have to trawl through all the tracks to find which one it is referring to.
Also, many of the mp3 egs do NOT have a count in, which is not very helpful when you are trying to practice along...
The book has many pages, but it you want value for money, you would do better if you spread your purchases over a few different books eg "Chart reading workbook for drummers" (which explains everything beautifully, and has audio tracks that are tagged properly and are referred to clearly throughout), and another book that tackles these things in a more inviting way.

I feel like returning it, but would probably cost me more to post back than it's worth... (from Australia...)

Disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William L. Horley on March 19, 2012
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This is a very good idea and both the drumming and the band are excellent, however; the notation of the charts is disgraceful, and speaking as a professional 'Big Band Drummer' with more than 35 years experience, these are definitely not the sort of charts an aspiring drummer would ever see. The examples showing how to play phrases are very good but there is no written explanation of why a particular figure would be played this way. A great shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Podaima on July 16, 2008
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Excellent Big Band Method!!! CD and DVD are a fine addition to the book!! If you watch the DVD first it pumps you up to want to learn this style of music!!! Being wire bound is another excellent feature of this product!!! If you are a fan of Big Band Music or want to learn this style!! This book is an absolute must!!!
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By Frank May on June 12, 2013
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Covers all aspects of big band reading, good exercises, tips, interviews with top drummers, and charts to play-along with discs. One of the discs is a video showing Steve playing the charts. I don't give it five stars because I feel one of the charts is too long and could have been written in a better way.
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great book
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