Asaf Sirkis has released a free course called Mastering Rhythm With Konnakol which is an easy, step-by-step introduction to using Konnakol in a way that is useful to Western musicians.
Drum Books & Videos
I’m working my way through Charles Wilcoxon’s Modern Rudimental Snare Drum Solos. I missed learning this stuff when I was a young drum student and am enjoying the challenge of reading and executing these solos. This piece has highlighted my weak Flam taps. I felt like I could make it feel a bit more groovy than the first two solos. Before you watch my version, here’s a couple of nicely played renditions I found. Gawd, I have some rok to… Read More »Rhythmania Snare Drum Solo From Charles Wilcoxon’s Modern Rudimantal Swing Solos
I’ve been enjoying getting into Wilcoxon’s Modern Rudimental Swing Solos. This is just the second one, I’ve not learned much stuff like this before. I think my rendition is a bit on the brisk side and I could improve the dynamics especially the last few bars.
Mark Guiliana’s new book, Exploring Your Creativity On The Drumset is the second drum education publication I paid for via crowdfunding. Before that was Benny Greb’s The Art & Science Of Groove. It’s rather fun to be involved in funding a new project. From Mark Guiliana I got the ebook first and a week or so later the physical book with DVD with a signature. You can download the video content using a code that comes with the book. The… Read More »Mark Guiliana’s Exploring Your Creativity On The Drumset
OK, I think it’s obvious by now that I’m really in to the drumming of Tony Allen and Afrobeat in general. When I got into Afrobeat, I looked for teaching materials to help me develop my Afrobeat chops. There weren’t many resources available so I had to start writing my own. Over the last couple of years I’ve managed to get a good sense of Tony Allen’s drumming and have been lucky enough to see Allen live on two occasions.… Read More »Afrobeat Drumming – Beats Of Tony Allen, Book Review
Todd Bishop of the Cruise Ship Drummer Blog has released his Book Of The Blog 2015 which is a dead trees compilation of drumming exercises and transcriptions from the past year’s blog output. Todd is a prolific blog poster and I really enjoy reading the blog and learning the exercises and concepts he writes about. Buying the book is a great way to support the blog and get a diverse bunch of exercises in one handy volume. Go to www.lulu.com/shop/todd-bishop/cruise-ship-drummer-book-of-the-blog-2015/paperback/product-22534835.html… Read More »Cruise Ship Drummer’s Book Of The Blog 2015
Just a quickie to let you know that the Samba and Bossa book (wot I reviewed in my last post) by the Cruise Ship Drummer is now available in dead tree format. Also the Book of The Blog 2014 is out. It’s a compendium of last year’s posts including stuff on jazz and Afro-Cuban drumming, snare drum exercises and transcriptions of drum parts in a variety of styles. I highly recommend checking out the blog for tons of free drumming… Read More »Shameless Plug for A Couple of Cruise Ship Drummer Books
Todd Bishop over at the Cruise Ship Drummer blog never ceases to amaze me with his prolific output. His recent publication is a Kindle book called – Playing Samba and Bossa Nova: a field manual for drummers. It costs in the neighbourhood of ?4 and is a very well put together guide to playing Samba and Bossa for any drummer who wants to add these styles to their skill set in a practical manner. The guide is concise, it contains… Read More »New Cruise Ship Drummer Book – Playing Samba and Bossa Nova: A field Manual for Drummers
Since I just wrote a review of Jojo’s DVD about feet, I thought I should do a bit about some DVDs I know which are all about the music and don’t waste much time on technique. These are videos that any drummer would hugely enjoy and benefit from. You should get them all. Levon Helm – Classic Rock, Country & Blues Drumming One of my absolutely favourite videos is by one of my absolutely favourite drummers, Levon Helm. Levon Helm… Read More »Drumming DVDs About Musicianship Not Chops
It promised to be ?The most comprehensive guide to foot technique for drummers ever available? and it is. Well, I imagine it is because I haven’t actually seen the other available guides to feet but this DVD is so amazingly comprehensive, I can’t see how there can be any competitors. Not to mention that people with Jojo Mayer’s insanely focussed intensity and commitment are very very rare so the probability of someone else producing anything remotely as comprehensive in this… Read More »Jojo Mayer’s Secret Weapons 2 Is All About Feet And Pedals