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Overview

March to the beat of your own drum with the ultimate how-to manual for over 62 million amateur musicians!

This book covers the basics for the drumming beginner - from finding the perfect drum set to learning how to care for it properly. You will master music fundamentals with expert tips for how to read music and how to understand basic techniques - with or without the sticks! It discusses the power of rhythm and percussion in world music, from Ashiko and Conga to Samba and Bosa Nova, with examples of each rhythm on the companion audio CD. Includes coverage of today's music styles from jazz and rock to country and R&B. Features ideas for keeping the beat alive - from finding print and internet resources to taking lessons or starting your own band. The added value CD-ROM allows readers to listen and play along to the exercises and pieces you'll find in the book.

About the Author:

Jeff Strong has been a drummer for over 30 years with professional experience in a variety of musical styles from jazz to country and R&B. He is an expert on both music and sound healing, appearing on numerous radio programs and in two documentaries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764553578
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Strong graduated from the Percussion Institute of Technology at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles in 1983, where he studied with Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Efrain Toro, and Alex Acuna. A drummer for more than 35 years, Jeff began his professional career at the age of 14. His professional experience ranges from live performance to studio drumming to music research. Jeff has performed or recorded with artists as diverse as ’60’s crooner Gene Pitney, R&B singer Cynthia Johnson (Lipps, Inc.), the countryrock Daisy Dillman Band, and the reggae band Macumba, to name a few. He has released a dozen solo CDs, including Calming Rhythms 3 — a therapeutic tool currently used by thousands of institutions and schools worldwide.
Jeff is currently President of the REI Institute, a Music Medicine research organization and therapy provider. His pioneering work using drumming for children with autism has been featured in many publications, including many scientific journals and several books. Jeff has spoken at dozens of professional conferences and has been called upon as an expert on music and sound healing, appearing on numerous radio programs and in two documentaries. The REI Institute’s therapy program for people with neurological disorders, of which Jeff is the creator, is available through hundreds of Authorized REI Providers located around the world.
Jeff is a sought-after drum clinician focusing on world rhythm techniques and is the author of eight books. You can find out more about Jeff at www.jeffstrong.com and www.reiinstitute.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Awakening the Drummer Within.

Chapter 1: Drum Basics.

Chapter 2: I've Got Rhythm.

Chapter 3: Warming Up to the Drum: Getting Ready to Play.

PART II: The World Beat: Traditional Drums and Percussion Instruments.

Chapter 4: Some Drums You Play with Your Hands.

Chapter 5: Some Drums You Play with Sticks.

Chapter 6: Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Exploring Other Percussion Instruments.

Chapter 7: Plunging into Polyrhythms.

PART III: Hands and Feet: Getting a Feel for the Drumset.

Chapter 8: Getting Around the Drumset.

Chapter 9: Rock.

Chapter 10: Jazz.

Chapter 11: Blues.

Chapter 12: R&B and Funk.

Chapter 13: Latin and Caribbean.

PART IV: Beyond the Basics: Sounding Like a Pro.

Chapter 14: Getting Into the Groove.

Chapter 15: To Fill or Not to Fill.

Chapter 16: Flying Solo.

PART V: So Many Drums, So Little Time: Choosing, Tuning, and Caring for your Drums.

Chapter 17: A Drum of Your Own.

Chapter 18: Tuning and Maintaining Your Drum.

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Pursue Drumming.

Chapter 20: Ten Drummers You Should Know About.

Appendix: How to Use the CD.

Index.

Hungry Minds End-User License Agreement.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    Oh yeah!

    This book rules. if you are looking for drum advice or don't know where to start this is the book for you.

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