‘A Manual for the Modern Drummer’ from Hal Leonard

Mike Lawson • Instruments & Gear • July 12, 2017

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A Manual for the Modern Drummer by Alan Dawson and Don DeMicheal, originally published in 1962, helps players to learn jazz drums from one of the classic texts of jazz drumming.

Students can learn approaches to timing, the importance of the ride cymbal and hi-hat, and extensive exercises for independence and for integration of hands and feet.

The book also includes several articles about jazz styles and history by DownBeat magazine editor Don DeMicheal, and a series of his insights about the soloing styles of some of the jazz greats: Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Jaki Byard, and others.

A Manual for the Modern Drummer retails for $14.99.


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