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Drum Music Books - Do You Need Them?
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Drum Music Books  -  Do You Need Them?

Drum music books are always recommended to students from day one. You are often told that you need to buy a whole host of books just to study with a drum teacher but do you really need to use drum books to learn music? or can you make do without? After all music is about conveying emotions, having fun, relaxing and enjoying yourself. Can a text book make you do that more effectively?

I personally believe drum books are great aid to music education. I have used many over the years and love the fact that I can now teach myself a whole new style of music with out the need of a drum teacher. Obviously I still back up the books by listening to music to make sure I have the feel of what I'm learning down.

If you are looking to improve your hand control, speed and technique there are plenty of books out there. Some take a simple combination of rights and lefts and slowly increase in complexity until you have mastered complete hand control and can execute any ideas you mind might through out.

If you are looking to become a well rounded drummer there are books out there that will teach you the basics of many styles from rock to pop, hip hop to jazz, metal to funk all in the one book. Some of these come with great playalongs so you can test your playing in a musical setting.

If like me you want to push your drumming to the next level you can find books that purposely have really tough exercises in them. They might be tough for various reasons. The coordination might be insane like the type that is found in many world groove drum books or you may find a book that takes a simple idea like a paradiddle and uses it in many different ways always twisting and reshaping it into something new and exciting.

I'm sure you can see now that I'm a big fan of drum music books and especially snare drum books that take simple ideas and really push you to the next level.

Once you have an understanding of how to read drum music. Which really isn't that hard you can then go out and buy any book you like and teach yourself something new. It's very freeing and a great feeling knowing that you don't have to rely on being shown everything in a drum lesson or by another drummer or learning by ear which might take a lot of time.

The most important thing, you will become a better drummer and musician by using books.


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