This is a book about the space between notes. While previous editions have been better-suited to individual practice and private lessons, this new “Clinic Edition” aims to deliver a tool that every instructor can use to strengthen students’ rhythmic understanding, stick control, muscular awareness, and mental and physical chops.
The idea of the “Generic Quiz” is for your students to each select a problem passage or problem skill for the line and write an exercise uniquely designed to overcome the challenge. This approach promotes engagement with the music and raises awareness of the unique realities faced by the ensemble that is tasked with performing the music, so that instruction doesn’t just happen to your students: they play an active role in it.
A “mantra” is a word or short phrase that is repeated—repeatedly—with the goal of creating transformation within the speaker in order to attain enlightenment. In the spirit of that concept, this volume consists of extremely short exercises that can be repeated over and over again, in order to reinforce the physical, mental, and musical skills that are essential for a truly versatile rudimental drummer.
To assist you on your journey through the sea of content that is FATMATTDRUMS, the exercises, warm-ups, packets, and cadences have been rated according to their general difficulty level, the performance and vocabulary challenges they present, and their accessibility to players across the range of skill levels.
Ever wanted 60 minutes of straight Virtual Drumline music?
Here are all of my cadences and stadium grooves in one SoundCloud playlist, so you can press play, turn on, tune in, and rock out while counting up how many times I use off-beat cymbal sizz/sucks over bass drum unisons!
A little outside the box with this one: bass drum cadence in the style of 12-bar blues, with some full battery parts for good measure. Stop breaking down!
Quality Control for Rudimental Drummers is a detailed examination of rudimental drumming fundamentals, supported by 32 exercises to raise you to the next level. A companion DVD is included containing *.mp3 recordings of grooves that accompany each exercise, along with *.pdf sheet music for printing.