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Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by Ted Reed
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May 30, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: music

This book is divided in two parts: note reading exercises and then actual syncopation. The first part just introduces you to basic figures up to 8th-notes triplets and 16th notes. The second part is the real core of the book. As a beginner drummer I found the syncopation exercises useful to get my first exposure to accented notes. Accented 8th, dotted 8th, 16th, 8th triplets are covered at length. Mixed sticking is also covered. I feel like all of this made me grow a lot and gave me more confidence even when playing simpler patterns. The best part is that many of the syncopated patterns proposed here are actually very musical, and not just mere assignments. That's a very nice bonus and definitely made the task more interesting and stimulating.
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Reading Progress

May 30, 2012 – Started Reading
May 30, 2012 – Shelved
May 30, 2012 – Shelved as: music
June 9, 2012 –
page 52
81.25%
July 14, 2012 –
page 53
82.81% "Hmm, accented triplets..."
July 30, 2012 –
page 54
84.38%
December 18, 2012 –
page 57
89.06%
February 2, 2013 –
page 59
92.19% "Mixed sticking patterns!"
March 21, 2013 –
page 62
96.88%
April 14, 2013 –
page 63
98.44%
April 14, 2013 –
page 16
25.0%
April 29, 2013 – Finished Reading

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