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Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer (Ted Reed Publications) Paperback – December 1, 1996
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Bass players, as well as others, can derive benefit from the complexities of reading the syncopated figures in this book. Each exercise places quarter notes in each measure so that the student can always see the relationship of the downbeat to the exercise.
Drummers, get this book, get Stone's Stick Control, get a good teacher, and you will be well on the way to the ranks of the musically monstrous.
Alan Dawson used this book extensively with his students. Thankfully, one of his students has documented those 40+ ways. See "The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught by Alan Dawson" (Paperback), by author John Ramsay. Ramsay did a great job of identifying (and providing audio examples) of the numerous ways you can apply Syncopation.
An excellent precursor to this book is Jim Chapin's "Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer". That book will help you develop the basic independence you'll need to dive into Syncopation. Or if you already possess the ability to play the swing ostinato while playing swung eighth notes and triplets and sixteenth notes between your snare drum and bass drum, then you can likely dive right in.
Two weeks with this book I learned more and understand more then the three months I played before. My instructor would show me how it would sound and how to practice with this book. I would go home and practice for a couple of hours a week.
You will get what you put into this book. For beginners, this book will make you better. You just have to put the time/work into using it. With a good teacher and this book, you can improve even faster.
After playing drums for a couple of years now, I really think that this book is a strong selection for your library. I have since moved to other books and learned a ton of new beats and rhythms. I still find myself coming back to this book. I am using it to inspire drum fill ideas. Just moving the snare this around the toms or sometimes splitting the hits between the snare and cymbal. Very strong book if you use it.
MANY MANY Professional SESSION drummers have worked out of this book, and teach from it as well.
This page most session guys know by heart. Just take a lesson from one and ask them about it. Theyll play it off of the top of their head.
OK - why is this book great?
First: It very much gives you Jazz phrasing / rhythms in a nut shell. These rhythmic figures are very Jazz language based / representative. There are MANY ways to use these rhythms - you need a GOOD teacher to show you how. There is so much to apply this to, it just goes on and on.
Buy this book and The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught by Alan Dawson. Alans book goes into detail on the MANY ways to use Ted Reeds syncopation.
Ask any professional Jazz drummer, and theyll say the same (OR MAYBE) they WONT until YOU PAY THEM FOR A PRIVATE LESSON. Well, now you know for free. Go knock yourself out and woodshed. When it pays off thank me for this review.
best of luck, have fun with it.
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For any musician who wants to be ON or IN BETWEEN the exercises apply to any instrument not just drum, find a drummer friend to do those with iand it could turn into e a hell of a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by StopThink
My son said his teacher says this is a classic and very good. I purchased it as a surprise. Get it!Published 2 months ago by Ruivano
Went through this when I was young and learning... now bought it for my son. It's a must! You're ability to do crazy syncopated rhythms will greatly increase!Published 3 months ago by G. Spooner
Its my opinion that working through this book is a right of passage for all drummers. Awesome book! Just as good now as it was when I was a kid learning to play.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
great book for beginner like me in the world of music and rhythmsPublished 3 months ago by jaime silva bey
Not much more can be said about this book , a classic that every drummer needs.Published 3 months ago by Rory Bray
It's disappointing to buy a book on Amazon and learn that it is only a book filled with music notes and is completely worthless for a beginner who doesn't read music.Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey J. Froschauer