Drumming In All Directions
Better coordination through natural motion techniques
Let’s face it, we all at one time or another had to overcome the challenges of limb coordination in order to feel like a ‘proper’ drummer, and could well be the reason many would-be drummers get deterred early on. US drum teacher David Dieni’s book grew out of his teaching experience, and the frustrations he witnessed with his students struggling with coordination. He identifies the problems as that a drummer’s training is hands-first, feet second – and sets about rectifiying the lack of thought given to applying the same techniques for both limb sets, ie: Moeller and Stone. And secondly, he recognises that out of the many ways four limbs can be combined into alternating motions, drummers often only master a handful. So the collection of exercises presented in Drumming In All Directions offers a more integrative approach to limb motions via motion techniques, the idea being that a new freedom and proper muscle memory will be developed. A common sense idea, but one which here makes a refreshing addition to the many works of drum education already in print.
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