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Publication: Modern Drummer : MD
Author: Weiss, Lauren Vogel
Date published: May 1, 2012
Language: English
PMID: 78640
ISSN: 01944533
Journal code: MDDR

BASIC STEPS TO READING RHYTHM: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING MODERN RHYTHM STRUCTURES

BY JAMES GUARNIERI

BOOK LEVEL: BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE $19.95

This hundred-plus-page, spiral-bound, self-published book covers the fundamentals of reading rhythms and could be useful for other instruments beyond the drums. Guarnieri, a student of the legendary educator Sam Ulano, begins with the usual definition of notes and time signatures before jumping into lessons (seventy-one in all, each featuring ten exercises). The book, which is aimed more toward snare drum students than set players, introduces closed (buzz) rolls, open ("rebound") rolls, and thirty rudiments (rather than the standard twenty-six or the Percussive Arts Society's recommended forty). Subdivisions are written out clearly, but there are no tempo markings and few dynamics, which somewhat limits Basic Steps' effectiveness. (jgmusic1@optonline.net, 631-261-4550) Lauren Vogel Weiss



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