Cajon Method by Paul Jennings

  • Posted on: 14 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

Originating from the coast of Peru in the early 1800's, the cajon has become a key percussive instrument in many styles of music. Drummers today know that playing the drum set isn't their only job - they also need to have mastery of instruments like the cajon. Its part of being a well-rounded musician.

The new book "Cajon Method" by Paul Jennings is an excellent choice for drummers interested in learning the cajon. The book is split into three sections:

1. The Basics
2. Grooves
3. Advanced Techniques

Author: 
Paul Jennings

Kiss Drum Play-Along

  • Posted on: 14 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

Kiss fans and drummers alike are rejoicing the release of "Kiss Drum Play-Along" from Hal Leonard publishing. Featuring 8 of the greatest hits from the band, you will be sure to find many of your favorite songs in this fantastic collection.

One of the best ways to explore a new genre of music is to pick up some drum play-along tracks, hit the practice room, and jam through the songs. Hal Leonard has made it easier than ever to find music in your favorite styles to give you the chance to practice without having to get your whole band over for rehearsal.

Author: 
Hal Leonard

Slayer Drum Play-Along

  • Posted on: 14 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

Are you looking for an exciting way to build your double bass chops? Tired of just doing boring exercises and racing your metronome? Look no further than the Slayer Drum Play-Along by Hal Leonard Publishing.

We all know that there is a time and a place for technique work. But, the bottom line is that we need to ROCK. We need to rock HARD. And, if we can't do that, then there is really no reason to be fooling around with technique in the first place. Getting hands-on experience with classic metal songs is one of the best ways to tie the pieces together.

Author: 
Hal Leonard

The View from the Back of the Band - The Life and Music of Mel Lewis

  • Posted on: 9 March 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

While history holds a seemingly endless list of great drummers, any person interested in the history of jazz drumming will appreciate the life story of Mel Lewis. Having performed on a whopping 630 recordings, it's almost impossible that you've never heard his playing.

This fantastic book by Chris Smith is a heartfelt look at the life and career of the great Mel Lewis. In fact, the book itself is as wide in scope as Lewis's career; and it traverses depth comparable to Lewis's playing. It is an extremely extensive Mel Lewis biography which will leave no reader unsatisfied.

Author: 
Chris Smith

Contrasting Styles of Pop Drumming

  • Posted on: 25 December 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

One of my favorite styles of drumming is played for pop music. While I think most pop music is very boring - and I don't listen to much of it - I love how the quality of the drumming is dictated by what would seem to be minor details. Even small variations in a drummer's playing will have a big impact on the feel they produce in the studio.

Time

For example, we can visit the classic problem of 'ahead' 'on' and 'behind' the beat. While any professional drummer can play on any space, they each have an explicit preference in which one they use. John JR Robinson, a very prolific pop drummer over the last few decades, is adamant about playing directly on the beat. While I agree with him, personally, many drummers like QuestLove play behind the beat, and it sounds great. It's simply a matter of personal preference. Note that every professional pop drummer always plays with perfect time - regardless of where they fall in relation to the click.

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