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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough book, September 9, 2016
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This review is from: The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught by Alan Dawson: Book & 2 CDs (Paperback)
This book is full of ball-breaking exercises that will give you some serious technique. If you're a pro or want to be a pro, mastering these exercises might be essential. If you're not a pro (and I'm not) the book presents some interesting challenges that will enhance your playing but I can't see spending the time and effort to master all of it. For instance I've gone through all the "rudimental ritual" exercises but I'm not going to memorize the whole thing, as the book calls for: it's something like 15 minutes long and I'd rather spend the effort on other aspects of my playing. And the independence/coordination exercises are challenging and rewarding but I don't want to put everything else on hold until I've conquered all of them. I've found the book "The Art of Bebop Drumming" by John Riley to be a bit more user-friendly, but Dawson's uncompromising (and sometimes agonizing) lessons are a great resource--it's just a matter of how much you want to devote yourself... Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars So pleased with this, February 23, 2018
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Books4ever (TAKOMA PARK, MD, United States) - See all my reviews
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So pleased with this. Had never heard of Alan Dawson until I saw a comment by a guy on YouTube who was chastising people for treating Chapin's Advanced Techniques for Modern Drummer (which I also like) like nothing could ever compete with it. Well, this competes with it. Dawson's Rudimental Ritual alone is worth the price of the book. Makes playing rudiments fun rather than a chore. Definitely a favorite if you care about stepping up your technique and coordination.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like some of the other reviewers let me say first ..., July 5, 2017
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J. Nicholson (Atlanta, GA USA) - See all my reviews
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Like some of the other reviewers let me say first that the content of the book is excellent. So why only 1 star. The production of the book is terrible. Pages started to fall apart a couple days after I received the book. I still use it to practice, but I am picking up pages off the ground constantly. I mean the whole book is coming unglued. The binding and glue used to produce this book is simply unsatisfactory.

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