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All About Drums: A Fun and Simple Guide to Playing Drums by Rick Mattingly
ISBN: 1423408187
ISBN13: 978-1423408185
Author: Rick Mattingly
Book title: All About Drums: A Fun and Simple Guide to Playing Drums
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Pages: 208 pages
Publisher: Hal Leonard (November 30, 2006)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1429 kb
Size ePub version: 1255 kb
Size fb2 version: 1189 kb
Category: Music

(Drum Instruction). Have you struggled through tedious lessons and boring instruction books in your desire to learn to play the drumset? If you wish there was a fun and engaging way to motivate you in your drumset playing quest, then this is it: All About Drums is for you. Whether it's learning to read music, playing by ear, creating your own beats, or all of the above, this enjoyable guide will help you to finally start playing the beats and fills to your favorite songs in many different styles. Plus, learn interesting tid-bits on drumset makes & models, care and maintenance, additional percussion instruments, and other fun stuff about the drumset. This fun-filled, easy-to-use guide includes: * An introduction to the drumset * Step-by-step music reading instruction * How to create your own beats, fills, & solos * Background on various styles of music, including dozens of favorite songs * Performing tips * CD includes over 90 tracks for demo and play-along. Over 40 favorite songs, including: Come Together * Detroit Rock City * Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover * Hurts So Good * Message in a Bottle * Oh, Pretty Woman * Pour Some Sugar on Me * Shattered * Smells like Teen Spirit * Swingtown * Walk This Way * The Zephyr Song * and more.

Books reviews
YSOP
One of the best drum instruction books
Fomand
This is a great book for anyone. I play trombone, guitar and bass so I have a musical background and know how to read notation which allowed me to skip one of the first chapters, but my girlfriend who has no musical knowledge read it and understood in less than 5 minuets. All of the information is presented in a great order and there is tons of info about not only playing drums but also how to join a band, what to expect at a gig, diffrent types of cymbals and countless others. It got me playing profeciently in less than six months with lots of practice. I reccomend this for anyone intrested in playing.
Dalarin
great
Zolorn
This is a great book with the cd and it walks you through many styles and has some great music to play along with. :^)
Siratius
good book
Alsantrius
Got the item on time and it was in the quality the seller listed it as.
Uylo
I'm a professional guitarist, with over 40 years on the neck. I've always dabbled in drums, and this year bought a small set and finally decided to get serious. I work in a music store, so I have access to every book around, as well as knowing and playing with some great drummers, who have been really helpful.

This book was recommended by a fellow teacher, and it has been a great intro into equipment, maintenance, important drummers, all the basic beats in rock, jazz, blues, funk, etc, as well as some great song transcriptions of Aerosmith, Deep Purple, etc. The section on rudiments and fills are a bit thin, but there's plenty of books available for that. I found the info on equipment and maintenance to be very helpful, and not found in too many other books. There's even a section on gig etiquette!

If you're an advanced player, there's probably nothing new here. But if you're new to drums, and looking for a good overview of every facet, you can't go wrong here. Fun to read as well.
I bought the Idiot's Guide: Playing Drums before this. And it was good, but long winded, somewhat formal and not very engaging, in my opinion. But this book blows it out of the water! It covers in 20 pages what the Idiot's Guide did in about 50 (albeit on larger pages; the paper is bigger to fit scores). But even more important is the tone of the author. It feels like I'm having a conversation with him as he teaches me, not like I'm reading an instructional book.

The big problem with self-teaching is motivation and sticking to it. And I haven't had that problem with this book. I read it on the train ride home everyday and can't wait to try out what I learned when I see my drums.

All in all, a good book, especially for those people with some musical experience.
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