This book is about the basics of drumming. It contains explanations of the basics of playing the drums and of reading music, arranged according to level of difficulty. The book is relatively demanding, requiring regular practice (ideally daily). The first part of the book creates a foundation which is then built upon in the final chapters.
Most pages contain several individual exercises, which are designed to be played continuously until you can play them consistently without hesitation and at the right tempo.
This book is available in German only.
Patterns – Breaks – Solos – Concepts from the start
Roman Schmon, born on the 22nd of June 1974, started on a musical path taking piano lessons as a child. When he was still in primary school, he started taking drum lessons and since then has played for various projects and bands. As a teenager he decided to make his hobby into his career and graduated from the American Institute of Music (AIM) in Vienna where he studied drums. In 1996 he began a full-time vocational study programme at the Music Academy St Gallen (Jazz School St Gallen) and graduated in 2000. During and after his musical and teacher’s training, he taught at various music schools and travelled internationally with many bands (the Daniel Ziegler Jazz Trio, among others). In addition, he has also played for musicals (e.g. ‘Little Shop of Horrors’) and for various CD productions.
His first book, ‘Easy Drum Play’, is a course for modern drumming which can be used for self-study or with a teacher. In the detailed introductory section you will learn the basics of playing the drums and of reading music: topics like quavers and semi-quavers, quaver triplets, rudiments, HiHat and ride figures and the linear technique give the player a basis from which they can easily dive into various different musical styles. In a further eight chapters, Roman Schmon presents the different rhythms and riffs from areas like South American rhythms (samba figures, bossa nova patterns, clave figures, among others), swing (binary and ternary figures), and advanced beats (paradiddle beats, funky triplet beats, cowbell beats, among others). Yet even exercises about polyrhythm and irregular time signatures have not been left out. In the chapter about modern break beats, the player is guided towards constructing and combining their own break beats. The book ends with 15 challenging solos, all of which are recorded on the CD. This book is therefore a treasure trove of exercises, rock riffs and fill-ins.
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Chapter 1: Quaver
Chapter 2: Semiquaver
Chapter 3: Quaver Triple
Chapter 4: Soli
Chapter 5: Accent mark
Chapter 6: Rudiments
Chapter 7: HiHat- und Ridefigure
Chapter 8: Linear method
Chapter 9: Stylistic overview
Chapter 10: South American Rhythm
Chapter 11: Breakbeats, Drum 'n' Bass
Chapter 12: Swing
Chapter 13: Advanced Beats
Chapter 14: Polyrhythm
Chapter 15: not straight Times
Chapter 16: More Soli
Chapter 17: mix time values of a note
Chapter 18: Appendix
Roman Schmon, born on the 22nd of June 1974, began his musical path with piano lessons as a child. When he was still in primary school, he started taking drum lessons and, since then, has played for many projects and bands. As a teenager, he decided to make his hobby his career and graduated from the American Institute of Music (AIM) in Vienna with a degree in drums. In 1996 he began studying full time at the Music Academy St. Gallen (Jazz School St. Gallen), from which he graduated in 2000. During and after his musical and educational training, he taught at various music schools and toured abroad with many bands of all different styles of music. In addition to musicals etc., he has also played for various CD productions.