a comprehensive drum set method book series
by Don Skoog
Books One, Two, and Three
For the past twenty years, I've been producing teaching sheets for my students, putting them in binders so I could add new ones or replace the old as I refined my approach. By experimenting on my many victims I've learned a lot about how to present materials so the student can master them quicker. The Drumming series is the result of these efforts.
students must be disciplined when they practice, the teacher
must be disciplined in assigning the material. This is
one of the most important and difficult aspects of teaching. Drumming addresses
this issue by focusing only on drumset techniques, presenting them in a logical
order with clear explanations of each concept and its uses in a band. Each
lesson includes stick control, reading, an etude, and beats so that the student
will start to integrate the different techniques needed to play with a group.
Each exercise is designed to prepare the student for the next, smoothing the
transitions and introducing new material as the student becomes stronger.
Book One introduces the student to the grip and basic stick control, quarter-note, eighth-note, sixteenth-note reading, dotted notes, basic fills, different types of Rock beats, and shuffles.
Book Two includes an introduction to Jazz, Blues, Brushes, 3/4 and 6/8 times, the PAS 40 rudiments, intermediate Rock patterns, drumset control exercises, and three-way coor-dination.
Book Three introduces the student to Latin and Caribbean drumming, intermediate and odd-time Jazz, advanced Rock patterns, creative stick control, foot-pattern ostinatos, and structured techniques for writing out your own beats and fills.
Cooley and Winard suffering through conga class at La Escuela Nacionál de Arte in Havana
by Don Skoog
been studying in Cuba for twelve years. During that time I've
collected notes from various teachers, bringing them home to
rework them so I could prepare other Americans for study on the
island. This book is the result of that work. It includes technical
exercises as taught by different teachers at the Escuela
Nacionál de Arte, popular rhythms, rumba, various approaches
to tumbao, hand-and-stick exercises, and folkloric patterns as
played on congas.