Learn to Read Rythems


Drummers Collective instructor Pat Petrillo’s new multimedia offering is the next best thing to an actual live lesson. An “interactive reading boot camp that comes with a teacher,” the two-DVD set allows students to play along to charts of 16th-note combinations, dotted rhythms, odd times, and everything in between with the aid of a click track and digital pointer. (Think of a bouncing ball following lyrics to a song.) Petrillo’s “sound picture” method associates how rhythms look with how they sound, and the exercises feature him speaking along with the pointer, which is a great help. The package also includes a 100-page e-book and mp3s. (Alfred) Ilya Stemkovsky