Ted Reed – Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer
Ted Reed Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer PDF download. Voted second on Modern Drummer’s list of 25 Greatest Drum Books in 1993, 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.
Syncopation is much more than a nicely graduated reading text. Used skillfully, and with a good teacher, this classic can go a long way towards teaching the elements of limb independence and co-ordination. Superimposing ostinato patterns over the “as written” notation reveals a world of possibilities.
Bass players, as well as others, can derive benefit from the complexities of reading the syncopated figures in this book. Each exercise places quarter notes in each measure so that the student can always see the relationship of the downbeat to the exercise.
Drummers, get this book, get Stone’s Stick Control, get a good teacher, and you will be well on the way to the ranks of the musically monstrous.
An excellent precursor to this book is Jim Chapin’s “Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer“. That book will help you develop the basic independence you’ll need to dive into Syncopation. Or if you already possess the ability to play the swing ostinato while playing swung eighth notes and triplets and sixteenth notes between your snare drum and bass drum, then you can likely dive right in.
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