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DrumsFOR

DUMmIES

2ND EDITION

DrumsFOR

DUMmIES

2ND EDITION

by Jeff Strong

Drums For Dummies, 2nd EditionPublished byWiley Publishing, Inc.111 River St.Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774www.wiley.com

Copyright 2006 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana

Published simultaneously in Canada

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About the AuthorJeff Strong graduated from the Percussion Institute of Technology at theMusicians Institute in Los Angeles in 1983, where he studied with JoePorcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Efrain Toro, and Alex Acuna. A drummer for morethan 35 years, Jeff began his professional career at the age of 14. His profes-sional experience ranges from live performance to studio drumming to musicresearch. Jeff has performed or recorded with artists as diverse as 60scrooner Gene Pitney, R&B singer Cynthia Johnson (Lipps, Inc.), the country-rock Daisy Dillman Band, and the reggae band Macumba, to name a few. Hehas released a dozen solo CDs, including Calming Rhythms 3 a therapeutictool currently used by thousands of institutions and schools worldwide.

Jeff is currently President of the REI Institute, a Music Medicine researchorganization and therapy provider. His pioneering work using drumming for children with autism has been featured in many publications, includingmany scientific journals and several books. Jeff has spoken at dozens of pro-fessional conferences and has been called upon as an expert on music andsound healing, appearing on numerous radio programs and in two documen-taries. The REI Institutes therapy program for people with neurological disor-ders, of which Jeff is the creator, is available through hundreds of AuthorizedREI Providers located around the world.

Jeff is a sought-after drum clinician focusing on world rhythm techniques and is the author of eight books. You can find out more about Jeff at www.jeffstrong.com and www.reiinstitute.com.

DedicationFor Tovah and the next generation of drummers.

Authors AcknowledgmentsMy thanks go to all the people at Wiley, especially Mike Baker and SarahFaulkner, whose hard work and technical skill are obvious in the pages of thisbook. Im also grateful for my agent Carol Susan Roth and acquisitions editorTracy Boggier for making the second edition of this book a reality.

Publishers AcknowledgmentsWere proud of this book; please send us your comments through our Dummies online registrationform located at www.dummies.com/register/.

Some of the people who helped bring this book to market include the following:

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(Previous Edition: Allyson Grove)

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Proofreaders: John Greenough, Leeann Harney, Christine Pingleton, Aptara

Indexer: Aptara

Contents at a GlanceIntroduction .................................................................1

Part I: Setting a Solid Foundation ..................................7Chapter 1: Drum Basics .....................................................................................................9Chapter 2: Ive Got Rhythm . . . ......................................................................................17Chapter 3: Tapping into Drumming Techniques ..........................................................29Chapter 4: Getting a Handle on Hand Drumming Techniques....................................51

Part II: Digging into the Drumset.................................63Chapter 5: Settling In Behind the Drumset ...................................................................65Chapter 6: Rolling into Rock Drumming........................................................................79Chapter 7: Beating the Blues.........................................................................................103Chapter 8: Rallying Around R&B and Funk .................................................................113Chapter 9: Swinging into Jazz .......................................................................................127Chapter 10: Looking at Latin and Caribbean Styles ...................................................155Chapter 11: Ratcheting up Your Rock Drumming ......................................................169

Part III: Dressing up Your Drumset Skills....................189Chapter 12: Getting Into the Groove ............................................................................191Chapter 13: Expressing Yourself with Fills and Licks ................................................201Chapter 14: Flying Solo ..................................................................................................215

Part IV: Pounding Out the Beat: Traditional Drums and Percussion .........................................................223Chapter 15: Handling Hand Drums...............................................................................225Chapter 16: Singling Out Stick-Played Drums .............................................................251Chapter 17: Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Exploring Other Percussion Instruments......269Chapter 18: Jamming with World Rhythms.................................................................287

Part V: Choosing, Tuning, and Caring for Your Drums...............................................297Chapter 19: Decision Time: Selecting a Drum of Your Own ......................................299Chapter 20: Tuning and Maintaining Your Drums......................................................311

Part VI: The Part of Tens ...........................................321Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Expand Your Drumming Horizons ....................................323Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Finding a Drum Instructor..................................................329

Appendix: How to Use the CD ....................................335

Index .......................................................................345

Table of ContentsIntroduction.........................