Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer: Drumset BookThe classic Ted Reed book, Syncopation , has been used by many great drummers for over half a century. Pages , in particular, contain a highly useful series of eighth note and quarter note rhythm combinations with limitless applications to the drumset. With a little creativity, we can transform these seemingly simple rhythms into a springboard for simultaneous work on reading, 4-way coordination, time, and feel. In other words… all the important stuff! Before you do anything else, play through all eight exercises on just snare drum. Hand to hand alternating sticking is fine; the important thing is playing the rhythms accurately.
5 Ways To Use Syncopation
When applied to the drum set, instructors have developed many unique and provocative methods in which the book may be used. While each teacher who uses the Reed book may have his or her own set of favorite exercises, there are countless ways in which many of the exercises in the text may be conceived. In relation to drum set teaching, the book proves extremely valuable in three general areas: 1 recognition and execution of various rhythmic patterns, 2 using the basic rhythmic line against a variety of cymbal patterns to create independence exercises, and 3 utilizing the rhythmic line as a basis for improvisation between the limbs. For the sake of continuity, only pages 29 through 44 are used in conjunction with the method to be discussed in this article. These are the pages in the text featuring rhythmic figures as opposed to groupings of eighths, sixteenths and triplets which appear in other sections of the book.
Drumset Applications of The Reed Syncopation
Brian, That synco stuff is sick…very cool applications…I gotta get to work on that now…thanks! Hi Bryan, I really like how the simpler forms of these exercises outline the phrases for you, making it easier to convert them to rolls. I look forward to future posts. Thankyou for extending your insight to other aspiring drummers. Hey Bryan- I love these exercises. I had a flashback of working on these in our garage on 30th st. I hope everything is going well.
Voted second on Modern Drummer's list of 25 Greatest Drum Books in , Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer is one of the most versatile and practical works ever written for drums. Created exclusively to address syncopation, it has earned its place as a standard tool for teaching beginning drummers syncopation and strengthening reading skills. This book includes many accented eighths, dotted eighths and sixteenths, eighth-note triplets and sixteenth notes for extended solos. In addition, teachers can develop many of their own examples from it. The music of James Brown analyzed by Allan "Dr. Licks" Slutsky and Chuck By Ed Hughes and Willard A.