Based around Steve’s current use and analysis of matched-grip drumset technique, this book presents a wealth of information based around hand technique that also covers rudiments, musical phrasing, and much more.
Video, text, and notation come together in this package to clearly give an explanation for and demonstrate four distinct grips that Steve has identified and developed in his own playing. Each grip is thoroughly explored in its basic motions on the snare drum, and then translated to drumset applications and phrases. Going beyond hand technique, the book includes dozens of challenging and fun rudimental phrases that are used to apply the grips, but that also build phrasing ideas, vocabulary, and chops. Ergonomic drum setup, Moeller motions, and other topics are also covered, accompanied by quite a lot of exciting solo playing from Steve.
The book is packed with insights and practical ideas of how a drummer can develop the building blocks of a usable and hip-sounding vocabulary that has nearly limitless applications. The accompanying DVD contains matching videos for the entire lessons included in the text. Each lesson is clearly numbered and titled, making it easy to work with text, notation and video together as you study these concepts. The video files are also available online for download or streaming the use of a unique access code in the book.
Just when you thought it was protected to not buy another drum book … Steve Smith has managed to get a hold of an essential and wonderful instructional method for matched grip players on the drumset. This method is new and incredibly relevant. I will be able to t wait to dig into the book and DVD, and can recommend this to any drummer who is serious about his or her chops. Peter Erskine
“Having fluid hand technique is ceaselessly overlooked by many drummers. It’s time consuming. Many opt for lick building, when in fact, hands that move properly can take your playing to the next level and beyond. Steve has masterfully put together a go-to book for individuals who are serious about developing world class skills. Understanding the subtleties of the grip is as basic as it gets. Steve teaches us 4 ways to hold the sticks and backs it up with solid teaching and a performance DVD. Well done !! ” David Garibaldi