Ari Hoenig – Systems, Book 1
Aug 26 2016
Ari Hoenig – Systems, Book 1: Drumming Technique and Melodic Jazz Independence. Can you say four-way coordination? This book will vastly improve students’ creative melodic independence and help them broaden the musical possibilities of improvisation through theme and variation. This is an in-depth look into jazz comping, using melodies that stress the second triplet note. Each “system” is designed to help drummers prepare for the world of highly rhythmic band improvisation. This intermediate- to advanced-level book includes hand warm-ups, flam warm-ups, swing prerequisites, triplet displacements, and much more.
It’s kind of a cross between New Breed and the Chapin book, but transcends both with respect to depth of material, gradually unfolding levels of complexity, and overall practical benefit to the player once he/she masters the progressive coordination goals. This isn’t another left-hand/right-foot workout while the right hand does spang-a-lang and the left foot clicks two and four; there is a good deal of focus on snare-hihat and kick-hihat interdependence. If you’ve worked through the John Riley books you should be able to hit the ground running in the initial coordination modules of this book, but you may find some interesting challenges once you delve further and further into the pages.
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