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Book Reviews – April 2020 – ‘Jost Nickel’s Snare Book’ and ‘Principal Percussion Series’

Jost Nickel’s Snare Book If you’re not yet sure of who Jost is, take a few minutes to look up a video or two of him playing both on stage and also for drummers at clinics. His style and approach to the kit is one I find incredibly enjoyable and very musical. I’ve previously reviewed

By | 2020-04-02T14:40:42+00:00 April 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on Book Reviews – April 2020 – ‘Jost Nickel’s Snare Book’ and ‘Principal Percussion Series’

Mixed Reviews – January 2020

Trap Style Drumming - Gregory “Torch” Sgrulloni It’s one of those sounds that is now everywhere and a style of drumming that on the surface of it, seems pretty straight forward. As with most things though if you dig a little deeper, it opens a door to a whole bunch of new sounds and ideas.

By | 2020-01-01T11:47:04+00:00 January 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – January 2020

Reviews – Beats Exotiques Book, TruTones Dampeners, Turn the Beat Around Book

Beats Exotiques - Gary Leach If you’ve ever sat down and tried to play some latin rhythms, or have worked through books of Afro-Cuban or Brazilian ideas and thought to yourself “this is cool and everything, but when am I really going to use it?”, then perhaps Gary Leach has written the perfect book for

By | 2019-11-14T23:12:47+00:00 November 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Reviews – Beats Exotiques Book, TruTones Dampeners, Turn the Beat Around Book

Book Reviews – November 2019

Exploring Jazz Drums - Clark Tracey If you’ve ever studied jazz you’ll know just how many little avenues the genre will take you down. This book from British jazz drummer Clark Tracey aims to open some of these avenues and does so by introducing a certain concept, talking a little bit about where it came

By | 2019-11-03T09:58:03+00:00 November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Book Reviews – November 2019

Bitmi – MIDI Drum Pad

We live in interesting times as musicians and in particular, as drummers. Recently I found myself at a my singers house, mapping drums for a new song using a Digital Audio Workstation, a MIDI enabled keyboard and drum kit VST plugins. Given the cost and time involved in studio recording and the often just-better-than-average results

By | 2019-10-15T14:39:10+00:00 October 14th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Bitmi – MIDI Drum Pad

Soundbrenner Pulse

It’s a wonderful old thing the metronome and we’ve come a long way from the weighted spring loaded metronomes that used to sit a top the piano. In all that time, the concept of a metronome hasn’t really changed. Sure, we now have metronomes that can play polyrhythms, programme playlists and can change time signature

By | 2019-06-15T00:13:32+00:00 June 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Soundbrenner Pulse

Mixed Reviews – Aliano, Beresford, Drago

Advanced Groove Concepts - Sam Aliano This is the second book of Sam’s I’ve reviewed, the first being Double Bass Drumming and Power Fills (co written with Matt Sorum) which I thought was a fantastic primer for double bass drumming. This is a very different book, focusing on the concept of using your left hand

By | 2019-05-31T22:49:57+00:00 June 1st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – Aliano, Beresford, Drago

Mixed Reviews – Erskine + Black, Biggin and Heaney

The Drummers Lifeline - Peter Erskine and Dave Black This little book is one for the tour bus, or a train journey, or just anywhere you may have a few minutes to kill (you can use your imagination). Absolutely chock full of little tips, this book contains over 80 ideas that will help you address

By | 2018-12-16T11:15:47+00:00 December 15th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – Erskine + Black, Biggin and Heaney

Will Hull-Brown of The Cat Empire

Sometimes you discover a band that get right under your skin and someone who’s playing speaks to you in a new and exciting way. I couldn’t believe despite being a huge festival band for the best part of 16 years I was unable to find an interview with Will Hull-Brown, so I went and tracked

By | 2018-11-15T14:08:12+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|Comments Off on Will Hull-Brown of The Cat Empire

Book Reviews – Schlesinger, Garibaldi and Burns

Concepts: A Guide to Essential Drumset Processes for the Modern Drummer - Nick Schlesinger London based drummer and educator Nick has just published his own concepts book with the theory behind it being rather simple; drum books are great, exercises are good, but having a wider understanding of, and the ability to use, a concept

By | 2018-10-31T22:32:32+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Book Reviews – Schlesinger, Garibaldi and Burns
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