- Series: Complete Idiot's Guide to
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Alpha; 2nd edition (January 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159257162X
- ISBN-13: 978-1592571628
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book provides a thorough overview of the history and theory of drums and percussion instruments -- Modern Dummer Magazine, July 2004
About the Author
Michael Miller is the author of several books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Drums, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Singing, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Composition. He has been using Cubase for a number of years. He used Cubase SX to record the audio CD included with the second edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Drums.
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After purchasing some drum sticks and a striking pad I took some free lessons on line. I also purchased this very informative 282 soft cover book (The complete Idiot’s guide to Playing drums second edition by Michael Miller) which also includes an audio CD exercises and songs. I purchased it on Amazon for a bargain price.
This text actually covers the subject in great detail and is organized into five parts. Part one (Let there be drums!) explains the positive and negative aspects of learning how to play the drums. The second part (Bang the drum slowly: snare drum basics) deals with learning the basics of reading music, how to grip your sticks and other material. The third (You got the beat: drum basics) part further explores different drum playing methods. The fourth part (Wipe out! Advanced Drum set techniques) covers some advanced drum playing techniques. The final part (Drummers rule! Drummers speak) has numerous interviews’ with some famous drummers. There are also two appendixes.
It is essential to emphasize, and the author points this fact out; in order to really learn the drums you also need a good hands-on instructor to get the most out of this book. Since I only intend to practice the drumming methods for my own personal enjoyment rather than for more ambitious goals, I found this to be a fantastic basic guide with combined with me taking free on line lessons in drumming technique.
If you are presently taking lessons this wonderful book can help guide you in understanding the essential basics of drumming.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Use of the Cane, Walking Stick and Hanbo for self-defense)
This book continues to teach me everything I wanted to know but didn't have time to ask my instructor. It filled in the gaps that probably would have taken dozens of expensive lessons. I am the kind of person who has to know everything about something in order to learn it, I can't just "go with the flow" and learn the bare minimum while being ignorant to a lot of details.
If that's how you are, then this book is for you. This book outshines its own "idiot's guide" series, as it should stand on its own merits.
You will not regret this book, if you are truly interested in learning drumming in a beginner friendly but complete way.
I plan to go back to the instructor after I'm done with this and see if he's still useful to me afterward.
The book I received said you have access to online audio files but there is no link to a site that you can access them. There is an appendix a listing of audio files but still no link. I looked throughout the book and if there is a link it is very well hidden. I also searched the web and could not find anything. I will be returning this one as it is not helpful without the audio files.