Latin-Percussion Handbook

Drumming Book 1

Drumming Book 2

Drumming Book 3

Books

 

 

Drumming

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.

     If 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.

     The goal of the three-book series is to introduce students to the most important styles in American music -- starting with Rock then adding Blues, Jazz, and Latin as they progress -- giving them the skills they need to play with a band and the tools they'll use to continue their studies for the rest of their careers.

Drumming. Book One
$15

     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.

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Drumming. Book Two
$15

     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.

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Drumming. Book Three
$15

      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.

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Cooley and Winard suffering through conga class at La Escuela Nacionál de Arte in Havana


Latin-Percussion Handbook

Book One: Congas. $15.

by Don Skoog

     I've 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.
     The Latin-Percussion Handbook is a great resource for anyone interested in learning traditional Cuban-style conga drumming.

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