Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A good book you should all chase down

Look for the book with
the really goofy cover.
I just want to take a moment again to recommend you all try to find a copy of the book Syncopated Rhythms for the Contemporary Drummer by Chuck Kerrigan. If you're doing a lot with Ted Reed's book, as I do, you'll want this one too. It includes more stuff similar to the most-used parts of Reed, with the addition of triplet and 16th note rhythms in the same vein. And more quarter note-based stuff, which I think people use more, and a few studies in 3/4 and 5/4. A better Reed supplement than Louis Bellson's book, if I may be so bold. It's out of print, but there are always a few copies floating around on eBay or Amazon for $6-10.


Ed Pierce said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Todd. I've seen this book before and have thought about getting it. It's nice that it includes the section at the beginning on many of the ways to use the reading exercises (which, of course, could be applied to Reed as well). Back in the mid 90's, when MD polled various drummers on their favorite drum books, Jim Chapin (who listed authors instead of specific books, saying that all of their works were great) cited Chuck Kerrigan on his top ten list of favorites.

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot for the recommendation,i didn't know this book...