If you're a double bass drummer who is excited by the playing of Ray Luzier, then his new book Double Bass Drum Techniques is the book for you. Released by Hal Leonard and Musicians Institute, this book includes video access to the material online.
Independent Cymbal Rhythms is a new release from Hal Leonard. Written by drummer Bobby Williams, this instructional drum book will fill a gap in drum book libraries of any size.
The first thing to note is that this book isn't about patterns that a drummer would play just on the cymbals. Rather, the topic at hand is variations which can be played on the hi-hat or ride cymbal, in the context of modern grooves.
I'm using a 6.5 x 14 Ludwig Supraphonic on my kit, and lately it's been feeling a bit flat. I can't get it to resonate the way I want it to. I can get a good 'crack' out of it. However, I don't get any of those whirling high's that I love.
After experimenting with tuning the batter snare drum head WAY up, I had almost given up. I blamed it on old heads. However, it turns out that all I needed to do was tune the resonant head higher. It was like magic!
Have you ever wondered what your cymbals would look like if you actually took the time to clean them? How much of that gunk is going to come off? Are those layers of dust I hammered in permanently stuck in the cymbal grooves?
Check out the video below of Marco Sfogli (guitar), Alex Argento (keys), Andrea Casali (bass), and Salvio Maiello (drums). Full track credits at the end of the video.
Do you think the electronic drums sound good in this song? Do you think that acoustic drums would sound better? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.
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In addition to the basic 5 piece drum set, drummers need toys. Lots of toys.
Here are some of my favorite drum accessories. Follow the links to find them conveniently on Amazon.
This is used to mount instruments like blocks, cowbells, and jingles in place to be played with a foot pedal. The feet have spikes that can be adjusted in and out of the rubber pads. The height of the mount can also be adjusted, plus the feet can be elevated to tilt the instrument forward. I own two and am very happy with them.
Here, I present my 'top 10' choices in drum books. With such an abundance of incredible material for drummers today, choices on how we spend our practice time are very hard. These are the choices I've made top priority since I started playing in 2006. Follow the links to purchase on Amazon.
Top 10 Drum Books
Ryan Alexander Bloom has published a follow up to his first book on double bass drumming. While the first book explored double bass techniques from a conceptual level, this second book is a library of exercises to master the techniques explained in part 1.
You can get a copy of both books at http://bloomdrums.com/ebook.html