Book Review

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One of the privileges I have experienced as a writer and drummer is having the book I co-wrote with Rich Redmond published by Modern Drummer, a magazine I have read since I was 13. Equally thrilling is having our book included in the same catalog with dozens of the top drum books on the market. One of my personal favorites (and a book that I am currently working my way through) is Bill Bachman’s “Stick Technique: The Essential Guide for the Modern Drummer.” This book is a great exercise in reading and sticking and will surely help readers improve their overall technique. For those who are a bit rusty on their reading skills (like me) the annotated patterns included with the notation will help you to get things started. Additionally Bachman routinely presents complimentary video lessons on Modern Drummer’s website.

According to the website this challenging book was “Culled from [his] popular “Strictly Technique” articles in Modern Drummer magazine, this book will help players develop hands that are loose stress free and ready to play anything that comes to mind. The book is for everyone who plays with sticks regardless of whether you’re focusing primarily on drum set orchestral percussion or the rudimental style of drumming. Divided into three main sections – Technique, Top Twelve Rudiments and Chops Builders – the book is designed to get you playing essential techniques correctly and as quickly as possible. Also includes a bonus section for two-hand coordination and independence.”

For more information, visit Bill Bachman’s website at: http://www.billbachman.net/home.html

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