The Language of Drumming - Book
Including online access stream / download "The Language of Drumming" DVD
With The Language of Drumming Book, Benny Greb presents a complete system for achieving freedom of expression on the drumset.
Benny s approach is a practical method that is based on a concept familiar to everyone: learning a language. Providing exercises for grooves, fills, independence, and more, this system progresses from rhythmic letters and words to syntax and language, ultimately providing an easily understandable system that is suitable for beginning to advanced-level drummers. Since the release of the Language of Drumming DVD, Benny has expanded on and added to this system to create this book, a complete drumset method that works as a stand-alone approach or as a companion to the DVD.
The book presents various ways for learning each step of the language of drumming. The letters are presented individually, and then in context with dynamics, rudiments, as bass drum and hi-hat components of full drumset grooves, and as ghost notes within grooves. Words take you into the realm of 3-,5-, and 7-note groupings and dozens of ways to articulate them on the drums. Syntax and language enable you to take the letters and words and apply them as advanced linear concepts that will greatly expand your groove and fill vocabulary. The combination of rhythmic permutations coupled with stickings and odd groupings in this material will expand the palette of drummers of all styles and levels. Also included is a CD containing unique practice tracks, which are designed for use by the player in practicing the various concepts in the book.
This book will not only enable you to play differently, but (more importantly) to think and get a better understanding of rhythm. This material will give you the facility to decode a lot of the other educational material out there, and by having that ability, you will be free to come up with your own exercises, and have more freedom to make musical choices on the spot while playing music.