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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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(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.Read more ›
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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Great book and dvd. Well organized and complete. Highly recommended if you'd like to take your current brush work to the next level. Nice job Florian!Published on May 27, 2013 by Ronald E. Skoog
Good for who want to started playing brush technique in jazz and pop music... This book gave complete guide in technical side to rudiments...Published on March 3, 2012 by Junk