Drums for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 0471794112

ISBN-13: 9780471794110

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Jeff Strong

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There are nearly 4 million drummers among amateur musicians in the U.S., making drums America's third most popular instrument. This favorite introductory guide has now been thoroughly revamped to give customers what they've been asking for-more in-depth coverage of rock drumming and drum sets. The completely rerecorded bonus CD features examples and exercises and now includes MP3 files for all tracks. Jeff Strong (Lamy, NM) has been a drummer for more than 30 years and has taught drumming for more than 20 years.
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List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Setting a Solid Foundation
Drum Basics
Picking a Drum Apart from Head to Shell
Exploring How Drums Create Sound
Deconstructing the Drumset
Appreciating the Old-timers: Traditional Drums
Swingin' Sticks and Slapping the Skins
I've Got Rhythm
Developing a Sound Vocabulary
Adding Some Drumming Definitions
Becoming One with the Pulse (and I'm Not Talking Heartbeat)
Feeling the Meter
Embracing Odd Meter
Tapping into Drumming Techniques
Talkin's Technique: What You Need to Know
Perfecting your posture
Preventing injuries
Hitting the drum: It's (not) all in the wrist
Speaking Softly and Carrying Big Sticks
Holding the sticks
Understanding drumstick strokes
Painting a Variety of Textures with Brushes
Getting to know brush styles
Getting a grip on brushing techniques
Forging a Foundation with Rudiments
The single-stroke roll
The double-stroke roll
The paradiddle
The flam
The ruff
Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Sessions
Starting slowly
Counting out the rhythm
Thinking it through first
Thoughing out practice
Knowing when to stop
Getting a Handle on Hand Drumming Techniques
Taking Matters (and Tones) into Your Own Hands
Opting for Open Tones
Basic open tone stroke
Thumb stroke
The open slap tone
Bass tone
The rim stroke
Mastering Muted Tones
Basic muted tone
The closed slap stroke
The palm stroke
The heel-tip stroke
Venturing into Some Alternative Strokes
Burshing stroke
Drone tone
The snap
One-handed rolls
Keeping Your Options Open
Digging into the Drumset
Settling In Behind the Drumset
Setting Up Your Drumset
Sitting on the throne
Positioning the pedals
Securing the snare drum
Placing the tom-toms
Adjusting the ride cymbal
Angling the crash cymbals
Raising the hi-hats
Putting Your Foot Down
Beating the bass drum
Playing the hi-hats
Working Out: Exercises to Improve Your Hand- and Footwork
Rolling into Rock Drumming
Harnessing the Backbeat
Mastering the Basic Beats
Eighth-note feel
Sixteenth-note feel
Half-time feel
The rock shuffle
The half-time shuffle feel
Dressing Up the Basic Beats
Mixing up the hi-hat
Moving the backbeat
Adding syncopations
Incorporating fills
Beating the Blues
Finding the Pocket and Staying in It
Playing Blues
Slow tempo
Medium tempo
Fast tempo
Filling in ... or not
Understanding Blues Song Structure
Rallying Around R&B and Funk
Playing R&B Grooves
Keeping time
Adding ghost notes
Opening and closing the hi-hat
Getting Funky: Exploring Funk Drumming
Incorporating syncopation
Syncopating the snare drum beats
Including ghost notes
Opening and closing the hi-hat
Swinging into Jazz
Getting Into the Swing of It
Varying the tempo
Tackling different textures
Adding to the beat
Expanding Your Horizons
Riding the cymbal
Adding accents
Incorporating the snare drum
Including the bass drum
Mixing up your accents
Telling Your Story: Soloing
Making two-bar phrases
Creating four-bar phrases
Blending Styles: Jazz-Fusion
Playing Fusion Rhythms
Knowing that more (not less) is more
Forgetting swing (at least for now)
Dealing with odd meter
Looking at Latin and Caribbean Styles
Building On Traditions
Playing Afro-Cuban Rhythms
Playing Brazilian Rhythms
Bossa nova
Playing Caribbean Rhythms
Filling It Out
Ratcheting up Your Rock Drumming
Building on a Solid Foundation
Exploring Some Great Drummers and Their Grooves
Peeking into the pop drumming of Kenny Aronoff
Checking out punk's Travis Barker
Catching up with the jazz influence of Carter Beauford
Discovering rock legend John Bonham
Looking at Dave Grohl's alternative drumming
Jamming with a drummer's drummer: Jeff Porcaro
Examining Spug's heavy rock style
Finding Your Own Inspiration
Dressing up Your Drumset Skills
Getting Into the Groove
Getting the Feel of the Music
Playing Musically
Understanding song structure
Fitting your playing style to the song
Choosing the Perfect Rhythm
Getting hints from other musicians
Using the music as a guide
Adding Your Personality
Choosing the bass drum part
Selecting the snare drum part
Picking the cymbals
Electing embellishments
Expressing Yourself with Fills and Licks
Enhancing Your Drumming with Licks
Increasing Your Impact with Fills
Marking the phrase
Supporting dynamic variation
Playing Some Fills - From One Beat to Four
Creating Your Own Fills
Fitting the musical situation
Flying Solo
Soloing Basics
Keeping time
Playing musically
Thinking melodically
Pushing the limits
Pounding Out the Beat: Traditional Drums and Percussion
Handling Hand Drums
Embracing the Variety in Drums
Beating the Bongos
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Carrying On with the Congas
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Discovering the Djembe
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Uncovering the Udu
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Deciphering the Doumbek
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Touting the Tar
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Tapping the Power of the Tambourine/Riq
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Partying with the Pandeiro
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Singling Out Stick-Played Drums
Bopping to the Bodhran
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Detailing the Djun Djuns
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Rubbing the Cuica
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Striking the Surdo
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Rapping the Repanique
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Tapping the Tamborim
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Tinkering with the Timbales
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Exploring Other Percussion Instruments
Ringing the Agogo Bells
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Twisting and Shaking the Afuche/Cabasa
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Keying in to the Clave
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Clanging the Cowbell
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Scraping the Guiro
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Movin' to the Maracas
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Experimenting with Shakers
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Tapping the Triangle
Playing position
Understanding the rhythms
Jamming with World Rhythms
Demystifying Polyrhythms
It Takes a Village: Using More Rhythms for Better Sound
The Rhythm Nations: Playing Well with Others
Exploring African polyrhythms
Checking out Cuban polyrhythms
Banging out Brazilian polyrhythms
Choosing, Tuning, and Caring for Your Drums
Decision Time: Selecting a Drum of Your Own
Choosing a Drumset
The drums
Other hardware you have to buy separately
The cymbals
The sticks
Choosing a Traditional Drum
Natural or synthetic drumheads
Shell type
Hardware style
Branching Out: The Extras
Keeping time with the metronome
Carrying it all in cases
Knowing Where to Find Drums
Tuning and Maintaining Your Drums
Checking Out Tuning Basics
Tuning a drum with lugs
Tuning a drum with a rope system
Tuning the untunable
Choosing and Replacing Heads
Knowing when heads need replacing
Choosing replacement heads
Replacing your heads
Caring for Your Drums
Handling hardware
Cleaning cymbals
Storing and transporting safely
The Part of Tens
Ten Ways to Expand Your Drumming Horizons
Checking out Classes
Visiting Clinics
Attending Workshops
Exploring Drum Circles and Jams
Perusing Books and Videos
Getting Online
Reading Magazines
Joining a Band
Forming Your Own Band
Playing Open Stage
Ten Tips for Finding a Drum Instructor
Test Driving a Teacher
Knowing Where to Look
Understanding the Costs Involved
Exploring a Teacher's Playing Style
Gauging a Teacher's Willingness to Teach to Your Interests
Starting Where You Are
Getting a Sense of History
Honoring Yourself
Understanding Expectations
Knowing When to Move On
How to Use the CD
Relating the Text to the CD
System Requirements
Audio CD players
Computer CD-ROM drives
Using the CD with Microsoft Windows
Using the CD with Mac OS
What You'll Find on the CD
CD audio tracks
Digital music
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