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Start Playing Drums: A new method book designed for adults to learn to play the Paperback – July 3, 2014
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What I absolutely ADORE about this book is all of the pages with the music for different beats and what songs use those beats. The author has selected a variety of songs across genres and time periods, and it really will appeal to a LOT of different tastes. It's so illuminating to realize how two songs in completely different genres have the same beat and really builds confidence in a new player. It's also fascinating to see how the same beats are used in so many songs.
I'm someone who learns very well from a book and needs to start from first principles before just sitting down and playing, so this was fantastic for me to begin my learning process (even though I also have a weekly lesson).
I deducted one star because this book needed a proofreader - so many typos, missed page references (see p 72... and then the item is not mentioned at all on that page) and sentences that just ended mid-thought. It could be a really fantastic book with just a little editing.
In this brief but thorough book he takes us through an exploration of how to use this book, Setting up the drums, Notation, The fundamentals, Getting to the Groove, Basic technique, Variations , Song forms, Fills, Practice method, Practice tips, Playing with a band, and Reading staff notation.
Lamb writes in a way that he wants us to understand his message - a technique sorely missing in other books that attempt to explain the magic of understanding the foundations of music. Lamb comes to this shared experience with a bachelor's degree in Music, Biology and Psychology and a Masters in Education focused on teaching rhythm. He is not only a teacher but he also has studied drumming and performs widely from his home location in Portland, Oregon. And, yes, he is a professional photographer which explains why the many beautiful images in this book are so additive.
Think you can't learn to drum? Think again - and have a LOT of fun in the process! Another really fine book from John Lamb. Grady Harp, July 14
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John makes a great connection between everything from basic rudiments to how to connect with people on the bandstand and the how these are prioritized in what context you are... Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by plproduction
I was one of those kids who always wanted to play the drums, but my mom refused to let me, owing to the noise. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by WilliamVW