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Drums For Dummies
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Drums For Dummies

Become a different drummer  

Drumming is natural to all of us—after all, it mimics the regular beat of our hearts. But some of us want to go further and really lay down a big beat. And no wonder—whether you want to become the powerful backbone of a band or just learn how to play a hand drum for pleasure, drumming is a lot of fun. Oh, and it’s scientifically proven to make you smarter. Bonus: healthier!  

Drums For Dummies gets you going on the road to becoming the drummer you want to be. Get started with the basics—what drums to buy, exercises that build your skills, and playing simple rhythms. Then move into more complex topics, explore drumming styles from around the world, and add other percussion instruments to your repertoire.  

Written in an easy-to-follow step-by-step style by respected instructor Jeff Strong, you’ll go from banging out basic rhythms—with or without sticks—to acquiring versatility with different styles and types of drum. The book also provides online audio files to drum along with, as well as suggestions for solo approaches to wow your bandmates.  

  • Understand fundamental techniques 
  • Hone your technique with exercises 
  • Explore other percussion instruments 
  • Care for your drums  
  • The all-time drumming great Neal Peart of the band Rush once said that when he saw a good drummer, all he wanted to do was practice. Drums For Dummies is your best way to do just that—and start hitting your perfect groove. 

     

    Become a different drummer  

    Drumming is natural to all of us—after all, it mimics the regular beat of our hearts. But some of us want to go further and really lay down a big beat. And no wonder—whether you want to become the powerful backbone of a band or just learn how to play a hand drum for pleasure, drumming is a lot of fun. Oh, and it’s scientifically proven to make you smarter. Bonus: healthier!  

    Drums For Dummies gets you going on the road to becoming the drummer you want to be. Get started with the basics—what drums to buy, exercises that build your skills, and playing simple rhythms. Then move into more complex topics, explore drumming styles from around the world, and add other percussion instruments to your repertoire.  

    Written in an easy-to-follow step-by-step style by respected instructor Jeff Strong, you’ll go from banging out basic rhythms—with or without sticks—to acquiring versatility with different styles and types of drum. The book also provides online audio files to drum along with, as well as suggestions for solo approaches to wow your bandmates.  

  • Understand fundamental techniques 
  • Hone your technique with exercises 
  • Explore other percussion instruments 
  • Care for your drums  
  • The all-time drumming great Neal Peart of the band Rush once said that when he saw a good drummer, all he wanted to do was practice. Drums For Dummies is your best way to do just that—and start hitting your perfect groove. 

     

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    About the Author-
    • Jeff Strong has been a drummer for more than 40 years. His professional experience includes a variety of styles including jazz, rock, Latin, country, blues, and R&B. Jeff has taught drumming for more than three decades and is also the author of Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies, 6th Edition.

    Table of Contents-
    • Introduction 1

      About This Book 1

      Conventions Used in This Book 2

      What You’re Not to Read 3

      Foolish Assumptions 3

      How This Book is Organized 3

      Part 1: Setting a Solid Foundation 4

      Part 2: Digging into the Drumset 4

      Part 3: Dressing up Your Drumset Skills 4

      Part 4: Pounding Out the Beat: Traditional Drums and Percussion 4

      Part 5: Choosing, Tuning, and Caring for Your Drums 5

      Part 6: The Part of Tens 5

      Appendix 5

      Icons Used in This Book 5

      Beyond the Book 6

      Where to Go from Here 6

      Part 1: Setting a Solid Foundation 7

      Chapter 1: Drum Basics 9

      Picking a Drum Apart from Head to Shell 10

      Exploring How Drums Create Sound 11

      Deconstructing the Drumset 12

      Appreciating the Old-timers: Traditional Drums 15

      Swingin’ Sticks and Slapping the Skins 16

      Chapter 2: I’ve Got Rhythm 19

      Developing a Sound Vocabulary 20

      Adding Some Drumming Definitions 25

      Becoming One with the Pulse (and I’m Not Talking Heartbeat) 27

      Feeling the Meter 28

      Embracing Odd Meter 29

      Chapter 3: Tapping into Drumming Techniques 31

      Talkin’ Technique: What You Need to Know 31

      Perfecting your posture 32

      Preventing injuries 32

      Hitting the drum: It’s (not) all in the wrist 36

      Speaking Softly and Carrying Big Sticks 37

      Holding the sticks 37

      Understanding drumstick strokes 40

      Painting a Variety of Textures with Brushes 43

      Getting to know brush styles 44

      Getting a grip on brushing techniques 44

      Forging a Foundation with Rudiments 47

      The single-stroke roll 47

      The double-stroke roll 48

      The paradiddle 49

      The flam 49

      The ruff 50

      Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Sessions 50

      Starting slowly 50

      Counting out the rhythm 50

      Thinking it through first 50

      Toughing out practice 51

      Knowing when to stop 51

      Chapter 4: Getting a Handle on Hand Drumming Techniques 53

      Taking Matters (and Tones) into Your Own Hands 53

      Opting for Open Tones 54

      Basic open tone stroke 54

      Thumb stroke 55

      The open slap tone 55

      Bass tone 56

      The rim stroke 57

      Mastering Muted Tones 58

      Basic muted tone 58

      The closed slap stroke 58

      The palm stroke 59

      The heel-tip stroke  59

      Venturing into Some Alternative Strokes 60

      Brushing stroke 60

      Drone tone 61

      The snap 61

      Trills 61

      One-handed rolls 62

      Keeping Your Options Open 63

      Part 2: Digging Into the Drumset 65

      Chapter 5: Settling In Behind the Drumset 67

      Setting Up Your Drumset 67

      Sitting on the throne 68

      Positioning the pedals 69

      Securing the snare drum 69

      Placing the tom-toms 70

      Adjusting the ride cymbal 71

      Angling the crash cymbals 71

      Raising the hi-hats 72

      Putting Your Foot Down 73

      Beating the bass drum 73

      Playing the hi-hats 75

      Working Out: Exercises to Improve Your Hand- and Footwork 75

      Chapter 6: Rolling into Rock Drumming 81

      Harnessing the Backbeat 82

      Mastering the Basic Beats 83

      Eighth-note feel 84

      Sixteenth-note feel 84

      Half-time feel 86

      The rock shuffle 90

      The half-time shuffle feel 92

      Dressing Up the Basic Beats 94

      Mixing up the hi-hat 94

      Moving the backbeat 96

      Adding syncopations 99

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