In this book, Gil Sharone takes you on a historical journey covering the pre-reggae styles of Nyabingi, Jamaican boogie, Burru, Ska and Rocksteady. Reggae drumming styles are broken down in detail with numerous patterns, looking at the one drop groove, hi-hat variations, steppers and rockers variations, important reggae drummers, and more. Gil also follows the development of the music through the styles that followed reggae, with analysis and examples of dancehall, 2-Tone, 3rd wave, dub, and hip-hop/reggae and hip-hop/Nyabingi grooves.
Each of the styles is explored in detail with groove variations, fills, complete transcriptions and full musical performances with legendary players from the LA ska and reggae scene. Also included are historical photos of the Jamaican bands and drumming legends, information about getting the right sound, recommended listening, and four bonus play-along tracks. Additional features are special video appearances by Reggae historian Roger Steffens, Jamaican drumming pioneer Lloyd Knib of the Skatalites, Reggae drumming legend Carlton Santa Davis, and foreword by Adrian Young of No Doubt.
The book comes with a code to download the full-length video from Gil s Wicked Beats DVD, over 2 hours long.
This book covers the essential foundations and grooves that will prepare the drummer for a variety of musical situations encountered on the average professional gig. Designed to be an encyclopedia of many drumming styles, The Drum Set Crash Course covers Afro-Cuban and Brazilian, blues, country, hip hop, jazz, reggae, rock, and much more.
Funky Beats & Breaks was written with the intermediate to advanced drummer in mind. All the exercises and concepts in this book were conceived within the author's personal lesson program. The benefits of this book are many; the student will expand his or her rhythmic and conceptual vocabulary. Audio available online.
Friday Night Jam is a kind of anecdotal, instructional how-to (and sometimes painful how-not-to) guide to group improvisation, based on the firsthand learning experiences of author and African drummer Nowick Gray in a weekly open jam in rural British Columbia, in the early 1990s.
African drumming was booming in popularity then but not well integrated into conventional Western music mixes. This chronicle conveys the challenge of merging diverse musical instruments, genres and personalities; of attempting to produce quality music in a venue that welcomes relative beginners, lifelong amateurs, and random drop-ins for the night. The elusive magic of group improvisation, so sensitive to the interplay of diverse factors, proves emblematic of all human relations.
The book offers advice to beginning drummers, or to longtime musicians who have not yet had the opportunity or courage to attempt improvisational collaboration with others. Nowick offers an experiential overview of the confluence and conflict of different musical styles and expectations: acoustic/electric, world beat/rock, drummers/guitarists, perfectionists/amateurs, safe/risk, stoned/straight, standards/improvisation, men/women, fifties/sixties, tight/free.
At the core of the journey is the learning of the limited individual ego, with its unique talents and limitations, to negotiate the free and structured spaces with others, to merge in the greater group striving for excellence and beyond, ecstatic union. In rendering this spirit and process, the words too can speak for themselves, players in the mix, jamming on the universal pulse.
Categories and subjects include: creative nonfiction, memoir, music instruction, jazz improvisation, drum circles, jamming, jam bands, African drumming, world beat, djembe.
Nowick Gray continued his study and practice of West African and Afro-Latin rhythms, instruments and styles, becoming an accomplished performer and teacher, while never losing the love of improvised music in eclectic combinations. He has produced three volumes of instructional rhythm studies, Roots Jam, with accompanying audio tracks, and a set of free djembe lessons available on YouTube. He still enjoys jamming whenever possible with the improvisational band Strange Moon. Nowickâs other writings are available from Amazon; or see http://nowickgray.com .
Destined to become a classic, School of Bongo is the author's fourth bongo book for Mel Bay, but first to seriously explore a variety of bongo patterns in contemporary music. This text begins with the basic Afro-Cuban patterns (Martillo , Afro, Bolero), but demonstrates over 300 rhythms including jazz, blues, rock, R&B reggae, bossa nova and samba. This book is ideally suited for the intermediate-advanced player. Rhythm patterns are demonstrated on audio CD and audio downloads.