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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 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:

- 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
"If the subject is great studio drummers, this man's name inevitably comes up, Gary Chester" 

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We have been in touch with 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 -
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
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  • Publisher : Modern Drummer Publications; Revised edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1423418123
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1423418122
  • Item Weight : 8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 9 x 0.13 x 12 inches
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