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Jungle Drum "n" Bass: A Guide to Applying Today's Electronic Music to the Drum Set (with audio CD) Paperback – November 1, 2001
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Here's what I really like about Johnny's book: It covers a lot of ground that needs covering, like buzzes and rolls and seamlessly incorporates it all into rock grooves. It's methodical, follow his method, and you'll get it right. But take the time. And, these grooves flow like water and are very hypnotic once you master them. And that takes time. Which you need to love.
I took my time getting through the book, I am only now doing the chapter on Linear Jungle Grooves. There's a page of exercises I'm working on in this chapter and I swear I hear Middle eastern rhythms, African rhythms, South American rhythms, and even North American rhythms. We are talking worldbeat to rock in one half second. The linear approach to drumming is incredibly cool. I first learned about it from some of Glenn W. Meyer's books,which I also recommend. But Johnny Rabb takes linear to a whole new level. Way to go Johnny.
My advice is to practice every exercise with right hand playing cymbals, then take the extra time and switch over to every exercise with the left hand on cymbals Why take that time? It may seem like an unnecessary slog but it will really improve your bass drumming, among other things. It's the bass drum that is the key to these grooves. Repetition, if played in time, and not out of time, will lead to your brain wiring in these bass drum patterns, and to a solid but tasty groove.
You have to love time and repetition to be a groove master. Johnny Rabb is up there, in the Pantheon. Thankyou for these beautiful jungle grooves Johnny. In a month or two, I plan to upload a video playing one of the exercises on conventional set, on Dhaal, and on Dun Duns. I'm talking totally jungle. The clave like patterns of Rabb's grooves lend themselves to the melding of African Dun Dun and rock grooves.
It starts with exercises that any beginner could play and ends with exercises that seem completely impossible to play at D'n'B speeds. This book is not for the faint of heart, this will take A LOT of time, effort, and very deliberately paced practice [WITH A METRONOME]. Honestly, I lost interest about halfway through, but if you're really serious about learning Jungle/D'n'B drumming, this is probably the book to own.