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The New Breed Revision Audio Online Paperback – September 1, 2006
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The New Breed
Gary Chester was one of the busiest studio drummers of the '60s and '70s and played on hundreds of hit records. His systems have been used and endorsed by drummers such as Kenny Aronoff, Danny Gottlieb, and Dave Weckl. This is not just another drum book, but rather a system that will help you develop the skills needed to master today's studio requirements. These systems are not designed to be palyed strictly as exercises, but used as tools to develop new musical ideas that can be applied to any and all musical styles. By working with this book, you'll improve your reading, concentration, coordination, right and left-hand lead, and awareness of the click. This revised edition contains access to an online recording of an interview with Chester.
Systems for the Development of Your Own Creativity
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This book illustrates many of these systems, and is designed to develop coordination, musicality, reading ability, and confidence. It also provides drummers with new and exciting material to help them develop individual creativity...
Concepts: Part 1
"...When you read these systems in practice, try to read the phrases across as you would sight-read a page of music—not up and down. By this I mean that most people relate each note to where it falls in relation to the quarter note...
"The systems in this book will help you to develop your coordination and reading ability, and will give you a greater awareness of time, all of which will allow you to be part of the "new breed" pf studio drummers." -Gary Chester
"...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."
"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!"
"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"
From the Author
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have many other famous drum set books too but they aren't as practical as this one. I already knew the rudiments I wanted to learn and could learn others in my own time. This book got me comfortable with a drum set while giving me tools to use during real music making.
A perfect mix for a medium to advanced musician.
rethink the drum kit and how I approach it. It is not a drum beat book but an exercise in developing independence and amber-dexterity on the kit. The New Breed is definitely worth the price of purchase. The real investment is the the time working through it.
If you do read notes or have a teacher, it is a great book, great way to learn how to read notes and improve your time accuracy.
Since buying it, I have spent some time reading about Gary and his professional experiences. He is a very interesting person with some very innovative viewpoints on playing.
There is a reason why so many drumming greats have studied his material and put his teaching to use.
Like any other instuctional material, you may not agree with a particular "system". Or, you may not be at a level to make use of all of the exercises.
However, there is always something useful and this book is no exception. The best part is, if you can't use it now, put it on the shelf and pull it out later when you are ready.
(I was calling myself a beginner before I picked up this book, but I'm getting it, I'm easily following the exercises, they're simple enough to grasp, so I'd say I've graduated from beginner to intermediate.)
As for the CD that comes with the book, it's a plus. I'm learning a lot hearing a top drummer speak of his new "system" of drumming.
All in all, it's a great purchase, the price is pretty good to have someone like Gary Chester teaching me how to get really comfotable playing my drum kit.
BTW I got this book because my drum teacher recommended it. He says he uses it with his advance students, so it's drum-teacher-approved.
I also recommend Drum Set Warm-Ups: Essential Exercises for Improving Technique (Berklee Guide) for improving technique.