THE DRUMMER’S BIBLE: HOW TO PLAY EVERY DRUM STYLE FROM AFRO-CUBAN TO ZYDECO BOOK/CDS (2)
LEVEL: ALL
$34.95

Recently updated by its coauthors to include nearly a hundred more reference grooves, this ambitious 200-plus-page tome continues to inspire, offering a variety of rhythmic concepts, from polka patterns to reggae beats to variations on the Afro-Cuban mambo. While the book’s wide scope will undoubtedly draw criticism from drumming specialists of all stripes, the newly added grooves and historical info included here help forge a more complete guide. Although CD track sequences are (sometimes) out of sync with the text, a “Quick Reference” section and bite-size exercises help users navigate this encyclopedic behemoth. Mix in an intro by Simon Phillips, and beginners and advanced players alike have a credible, valuable, and manageable rhythmic resource. (seesharppress.com)

Will Romano