Modeled on the brilliant approach first formulated by distinguished professor of music and master clarinetist Michele Gingras in Clarinet Secrets and More Clarinet Secrets (both available from Scarecrow Press), the Music Secrets for the Advanced Musician series is designed for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, and other instructors and professionals seeking quick pointers to improve their work as performers and producers of music. Easy to use and intended for the advanced musician, contributions to Music Secrets fill a niche for those who have moved beyond what beginners and intermediate practitioners need. Drum Kit Secrets: 52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Drummer is an indispensable guide for any drum kit player. Drummer and historian Matt Dean covers a broad range of drum kit-related subjects to assist drummers already well versed in the instrument to advance and polish their skills for both live and studio performance.
Drum Kit Secrets includes topics and tips on how and what to practice; how to develop one's timing and master the metronome; how to prepare for auditions and overcome stage fright; how to stay healthy as a drummer through proper eating, tried-and-true warm-up routines, and correct drum kit set up; how to select and maintain drum equipment; and how to create drum solos and improvise with ease. He also includes tips and tricks for mastering the studio setting, getting the most from one's drum kit, writing quick and easy drum charts, preparing for gigs, marketing oneself as a drummer, and much more. Drum Kit Secrets is the perfect resource for intermediate-level amateurs to working professionals. Dean draws on his many years as teacher and drum professional in this unique compilation of tips and performance strategies for advanced and expert players.
Matt Dean is a professional drummer who records and tours with artists in numerous genres, as well as writing for music publications around the world. He is author of The Drum: A History (Scarecrow Press, 2011) and publishes a blog through his website, www.mattdeanworld.co.uk.
Preface Acknowledgments 1 Practice Strategies Secret 1: Time Management Secret 2: Practice Diary Secret 3: Record Yourself Secret 4: Rhythm Then Orchestration Secret 5: Add a Note Secret 6: Looping Secret 7: Don't Forget to Breathe Secret 8: Best Sticking Secret 9: Avoid the Rut-How to Find Inspiration Secret 10: Play More with Less 2 Technique Strategies Secret 11: Play without Tension Secret 12: The Bounce Secret 13: Which Grip? Secret 14: Fundamental Bass Techniques Secret 15: Nature's Way 3 Timing Strategies Secret 16: Developing Your Internal Metronome Secret 17: Master of the Metronome Secret 18: Find Your Achilles' Heel Secret 19: Swinging Secret 20: Odd Time 4 Accuracy Strategies Secret 21: Locked Limbs Secret 22: Speed Bursts 5 Equipment Strategies Secret 23: Choosing Drums Secret 24: Choosing Cymbals Secret 25: Choosing Drumsticks Secret 26: Tuning-The Black Art Secret 27: Eliminating Snare Buzz Secret 28: Getting the Right Snare Sound for Each Song Secret 29: Essential Equipment Secret 30: Embracing Technology 6 Health Strategies Secret 31: Protecting Your Greatest Instrument Secret 32: Looking After Your Back Secret 33: Optimizing Setup and Seat Position Secret 34: Potential Health Risks 7 Preparation Strategies Secret 35: Writing Charts Quickly Secret 36: Nailing the Audition Secret 37: Financial Planning 8 Marketability Strategies Secret 38: Learn All Styles to a Passable Level Secret 39: Focus Your Efforts Secret 40: Promoting Yourself Secret 41: Maximize Your Employability Secret 42: Keeping the Gigs-Beyond Drumming 9 Recording Strategies Secret 43: Play Less Secret 44: Playing for the Song Secret 45: Achieving a Great Tone Secret 46: Mix Yourself 10 Performance Strategies Secret 47: Warm-up and Gig Preparation Secret 48: Stage Fright Secret 49: Believe in Yourself 11 Soloing Strategies Secret 50: Soloing with a Theme Secret 51: Odd Numbered Groupings Secret 52: Jumping into the Abyss-Improvising Bibliography Index About the Author