Drums For Dummies

Drums For Dummies

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You've got rhythm...now learn how to use it! Drumming is universal; every musical culture in the world incorporates percussion. From just tapping a straight 4/4 beat with your foot to follow the radio, to the intricate polyrhythms of a West African ensemble, the possibilities of keeping time are limitless. If you just can't stop yourself from banging on cans with bent twigs, rolling your fingertips on the kitchen table, or twirling an imaginary drumstick in the air when the radio plays "Sweet Home Alabama," the only question is, how to get started? Drums For Dummies takes you from the basics of what makes a drum right through how to carry a solo on a full kit. Whether you're a budding Buddy Rich or a rising Ringo Starr, you'll benefit from author Jeff Strong's straight-ahead guidance on: * Rhythm * Technique * Drum sets * Other drums * World beats * Styles * Grooves Fills Keeping the musical notation simple for total beginners, this book nonetheless delves into a wide range of music, allowing you to both sample forms of rhythm from across the globe and lay down a foundation in rock, funk, jazz, blues, and latin.
At the same time, you'll find out about the right way to splash a cymbol, kick a bass, slap a conga, scrape an udu, or ring the agogo bells. You'll also discover: * How to choose and tune your drums * Backbeats and syncopations * Drummers you should know about * Rattles, bells, and other such percussion instruments * How to get a feel for pulse and meter * African, Cuban, and Brazilian polyrhythms An accompanying CD works closely with the book to bring its exercises straight to your ear, while illustrations show how to hold and strike a huge range of instruments. With a fun, easy-to-understand tone that leaves the standard, dry musical method -- speak in the dust, Drums For Dummies will have you shaking, rattling, and rolling in no time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 335 pages
  • 179.3 x 242.3 x 22.6mm | 639.58g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764553577
  • 9780764553578

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Get down with rock, R& B, jazz, blues, funk, and Latin rhythms! Groove to the beat -- the fun and easy way(TM) Whether you' re dreaming of starting a band or simply playing a hand drum, this friendly book-and-CD package makes it easy to pick up the basics. From beating the bongos to striking the snares, it delivers just what you need to rock' n' roll! all this on the bonus CD-ROM Various music styles and beats-- from jazz and rock to samba and R& B-- that you can play along with Rhythms for hand drums from the bongos, congas, and djembe to the ashiko, tar, and udu Solos you can use to amaze the other guys and gals in the band Discover how to: Bang out basic rhythms -- with or without sticks Understand fundamental drumming techniques Explore other percussion instruments Find the perfect drumset Tune and maintain your drums Get smart! www.dummies.com Sign up for daily eTips at www.dummiesdaily.com Choose from among 33 different subject categories Get news you can use on everything from money to health to computers
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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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About Jeff Strong

Jeff Strong, President of the REI Institute, a Music Medicine research organization, has been drumming for more than 30 years. He has released five CDs and leads workshops for beginning and experienced drummers throughout North America.
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