Beat That! For Drums and Percussion Michael Gillard
Beat That! For Drums and Percussion - Michael Gillard is a comprehensive book that covers reading, technique and improvisation on snare drum and drum kit as well on Latin American, General and Multiple Percussion (untuned).
The modern drummer and percussionist can often be faced with the challenge of having to play many percussion instruments in a variety of musical styles. Aimed at the beginner through to the advanced player, ‘Beat That for drums and percussion’ provides carefully graded exercises, solo pieces, duets and quartets (untuned). Short, repetitive exercises introduce each concept and are followed by longer pieces that include dynamics and musical forms, suitable for class performances and for preparing students to play in a band or orchestra. ‘Beat That for drums and percussion’ is suitable for individual and group lessons. It is also a very useful resource for classroom music teachers and those wishing to arrange or compose music for drums and/or percussion.
The ‘Beat That for drums and percussion’ website, www.beatthatfordrums.com contains free materials to assist the learning process, including;
- Sixty downloadable mp3 backing tracks, with and without recorded drums for practice and performance;
- Links to software for altering tempos of the backing tracks to make the initial learning period easier;
- Photos demonstrating playing techniques;
- Hints and tips such as ‘how to buy a drum kit’
- Additional music and publications
- Links to other drum and percussion related websites
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