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The New Breed Paperback – November 1, 1986

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-Dave Weckl

"...within the first 10 minutes my ass was kicked so hard from the endless exercises Gary was throwing at me (that I couldn't do!), I felt like a beginner. Needless to say, I left the first lesson with my tail between my legs, a big down, but excited at the same time that someone was really going to teach me something new...new energy, new abilities, new INSPIRATION..."
"...I have NEVER been challenged so much! I spent a year and a half with Gary. I have to say that still to this day, the things I learned and skills I developed through Gary's studies are applied all the time. He taught the student how to CONCENTRATE. For me it wasn't that I would USE his exact systems but the abilities I gained by doing the systems, served as the foundation for solid time, even subdivisions and the ability to be complex if desired from a coordination standpoint. His teaching and of course my countless hours of practice and playing, (need that part too!), set the real groundwork for the beginning of my career as a successful drummer in a very difficult business."


-Kenny Arnoff
"Gary Chester was my teacher..." "Amazing book, amazing teacher, and an amazing person." "He was, and still is one of the most recorded drummers ever, working out of NYC, recording music of all styles, hit after hit after hit. He learned what drummers needed to work on to improve their abilities on the drum set from his experiences in the studio, and that's how he came up with the exercises and systems that became 'The New Breed'.

Modern Drummers Top Drum Books:
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- Marco Minnemann
"With 'The New Breed', Gary formed my style of playing drums tremendously and opened doors for the drummer community to take the instrument to a whole new level! It's a timeless masterpiece. Thank you Gary for inspiring "Extreme Independence!"  

-Danny Gottlieb
"With Gary gone now for 20 years, his life's work and legacy lives on through his numerous recordings, and his teaching methods. His book 'The New Breed', has spawned, as he envisioned, a new group of drummers who have amazing dexterity, musicality, and control, and the book itself has become one of the most widely used drum texts in the history..."

Famous American jazz drummer Louis Bellson said of Gary's book published by Modern Drummer Publications, New Breed: 
"A classic!" "An original that uses an approach found in no other book!" "He wrote the book on drumming!"

~ All Music.com
"If the subject is great studio drummers, this man's name inevitably comes up, Gary Chester" 

Dave Weckl...within the first 10 minutes my ass was kicked so hard from the endless exercises Gary was throwing at me (that I couldn't do!), I felt like a beginner. Needless to say, I left the first lesson with my tail between my legs, a big down, but excited at the same time that someone was really going to teach me something new...new energy, new abilities, new INSPIRATION......I have NEVER been challenged so much! I spent a year and a half with Gary. I have to say that still to this day, the things I learned and skills I developed through Gary's studies are applied all the time. He taught the student how to CONCENTRATE. For me it wasn't that I would USE his exact systems but the abilities I gained by doing the systems, served as the foundation for solid time, even subdivisions and the ability to be complex if desired from a coordination standpoint. His teaching and of course my countless hours of practice and playing, (need that part too!), set the real groundwork for the beginning of my career as a successful drummer in a very difficult business. Kenny Arnoff - Gary Chester was my teacher...Amazing book, amazing teacher, and an amazing person. He was, and still is one of the most recorded drummers ever, working out of NYC, recording music of all styles, hit after hit after hit. He learned what drummers needed to work on to improve their abilities on the drum set from his experiences in the studio, and that's how he came up with the exercises and systems that became 'The New Breed Modern Drummers Top Drum Book  Marco Minnemann - With 'The New Breed', Gary formed my style of playing drums tremendously and opened doors for the drummer community to take the instrument to a whole new level! It's a timeless masterpiece. Thank you Gary for inspiring Extreme Independence! Danny Gottlieb - With Gary gone now for 20 years, his life's work and legacy lives on through his numerous recordings, and his teaching methods. His book 'The New Breed', has spawned, as he envisioned, a new group of drummers who have amazing dexterity, musicality, and control, and the book itself has become one of the most widely used drum texts in the history...Famous American jazz drummer Louis Bellson said of Gary's book published by Modern Drummer Publications, New Breed: An original that uses an approach found in no other book! He wrote the book on drumming! All Music.com - If the subject is great studio drummers, this man's name inevitably comes up, Gary Chester --Various --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

We have been in touch with Amazon.com about correcting the words "online audio" listed on this amazon title. Those words are not used on or within this actual book. The correct words are "INCLUDED: GARY CHESTE'S LOST INTERVIEW ON CD!" 
Sincere apologies for any misunderstandings this may cause, and please know this is not a Gary Chester error. 

To clarify, the audio CD included in this re-release is very special audio interview of the drummer and teacher - Gary Chester. Audio of Gary speaking is rare which is why when uncovered, made it special enough to include for the legions of drummers affected by these systems and Gary Chester. If you are not interested in the audio, please note that The New Breed Book is also available through amazon without the CD.
If we can help in any way, please don't hesitate to send a message or post on Gary's Facebook - facebook.com/LegendaryDrummerGaryChester/
Thank you to the many people responsible for making this book one of the number 1 best-selling drum books for Modern Drummer for over 20 years now! Gary was so much more than a drummer, a teacher of the drumset, or how to be a session drummer - The New Breed students are a family of drummers still growing, reflecting and living the immensity of Gary's philosophies on life, even if you weren't able to study with him in-person.
Good luck! And from everyone involved in the Gary Chester family of Drummers...Thank you! 
~ Gary Chester, 1924 - 1987
Gary Chester's YouTube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCzktFLboaZCOR0Jo04Q0yPA
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Drummer Publications (November 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881887498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881887495
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Regardless of style, this book can help your set playing. New Breed provides a novel approach to developing four way coordination on the drum set, and it includes exercises that will improve your reading, execution and creativity. It is not meant to be breezed through, and unless you're remarkably coordinated, you won't breeze through it. It definitely breaks the direct "here are some beats for you to practice" approach. New Breed is a good tool for developing technique---especially limb independence, but it is also an excellent resource for developing creativity. Even though I am still in the early stages of using this book my bass drum creativity has taken off. I am also convinced this book also will help you to improve your time, if used correctly. Gary also provides great suggestions on how to approach playing, and practicing that I've not found anywhere else. Because I am totally self-taught, this part has been very helpful to me personally. If you are a beginner, it will probably be a bit too much for you, but intermediates and advanced drummers will be pleasantly challenged. If you don't read music, you'll need to learn in order to work this program.
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I once heard great advice from one of the most talented drummers I met at a Guitar Center one day. After watching him move effortlessly around the kit with full control and fluidity I nagged him for tips. He asked me "Do you practice your rudiments?", which I quickly responded "Yes, I practice my rudiments for 30 mins every single day -" he interrupted and said "Instead of doing that - play your freakin' drums!". He showed me his average-at-best paradiddle skill, which I could match myself, however there is no way I could match his ability on the actual kit. He told me that although it's important to practice rudiments - especially to develop hand technique initially - it's more important to practice creativity. This advice eventually lead me to this book.

My practice routine has changed dramatically because of this advice and this book. Instead of spending hours treating drumming as set of drills I am almost completely focused on applying myself creatively. I try to treat my drumming now as an artistic expression rather then an exercise in speed. There are roadblocks though - you can't really express your own creativity to its full potential if you don't have the limb independence and creative spark. That's where this book comes in. Not only is this book great for finding your inner-artist, it's great for helping you develop the required techniques to express yourself. This new attitude towards drumming has helped me improve by leaps and bounds.

No, I'm not saying to never practice rudiments or basic hand-exercises like those found in Stick Control - they will help you develop and maintain the required hand techniques. I'm just saying that you shouldn't make this your primary focus. This book helps you learn to explore yourself, buy it.
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This book makes you become a sight reader on the drumset. It's one of the hardest drum books out there. It was voted one of 25 best drum books by Modern Drummer Magazine. The author of this book spent fifty years playing drums for many recording studios before he published it. If you're a drummer at any level, but haven't have the chance to check out this book, try to check it out soon.
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So I'm not much of a book guy, I've been playing drums for three years now and for 2 1/2 of those it's just be playing in the dark with no teacher/structure. After finding myself at a "road block" in advancing my skills and especially my actual limb independence I looked up recommended drum books. Besides Modern Drummers popular article I found this book recommended more times than should have been necessary. Anyways, this book is hard, some of the patterns applied with the "voice" parts make you just want to hit your head with a stick and quit, but I'm not exaggerating at all when I say this book pushed me into an entirely different level of playing. I've just finished it after starting this summer, which involved 2+ hours a day spent with the book (I'm not kidding, it would take a solid two days of playing just to get through one pattern with all the different voice parts), and it's just amazing. My friend who I jam with regularly actually said I sounded not only more fluent and comfortable with my set playing, but it was much more creative and consistent. Beyond that, I'm truly never bored or out of ideas behind my set anymore it seems like. Instead of just finding one cool beat and playing it to death with fills added in, I can give it consistent left foot patterns for texture, switch up what one limb is doing entirely, or flip the beat upside down with what limbs are doing what, and that's really just the beginning of what this book has done for me. It's really just incredible to me how much it helped.

Anyways, I've rambled on but for a guy who normally views most drum "method" books as meh and redundant, I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough to ANY drumset player that is ready to step it up, whether you're playing jazz or blast beats.
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When I am through with this book, my brain will be a little bit larger. Yeah, this book makes you think. It's hard but the challenges make you into a better drummer. I've only worked on the first of 39 sections in this book and everything I do around the drumset just become easier. It's my favorite drum book.
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