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Drums For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-79411-0
384 pages
July 2006
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Get down with rock, R&B, jazz, blues, funk, and Latin rhythms!

Groove to the beat in no time with this ultimate rockin' guide!

Whether you're dreaming of starting a band, striking the snares, or simply playing a hand drum, this interactive book-and-CD package makes it easy to pick up the basics. Complete with new information on contemporary rock styles and beats as well as rhythms from around the world, this guide is all you need to become a talented, versatile drummer.

Discover how to

  • Bang out basic rhythms --with or without sticks
  • Understand fundamental drumming techniques
  • Explore other percussion instruments
  • Find the perfect drum set
  • Purchase, tune, and maintain your drums

All this on the CD-ROM

  • MP3 files of each rhythm and beat that you can play along with
  • Rhythms for hand drums -- from the bongos and congas to the surdo, tar, and udu
  • Solos to amaze the other members in the band

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Setting a Solid Foundation.

Chapter 1: Drum Basics.

Chapter 2: I’ve Got Rhythm . . . .

Chapter 3: Tapping into Drumming Techniques.

Chapter 4: Getting a Handle on Hand Drumming Techniques.

Part II: Digging into the Drumset.

Chapter 5: Settling In Behind the Drumset.

Chapter 6: Rolling into Rock Drumming.

Chapter 7: Beating the Blues.

Chapter 8: Rallying Around R&B and Funk.

Chapter 9: Swinging into Jazz.

Chapter 10: Looking at Latin and Caribbean Styles.

Chapter 11: Ratcheting up Your Rock Drumming.

Part III: Dressing up Your Drumset Skills.

Chapter 12: Getting Into the Groove.

Chapter 13: Expressing Yourself with Fills and Licks.

Chapter 14: Flying Solo.

Part IV: Pounding Out the Beat: Traditional Drums and Percussion.

Chapter 15: Handling Hand Drums.

Chapter 16: Singling Out Stick-Played Drums.

Chapter 17: Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Exploring Other Percussion Instruments.

Chapter 18: Jamming with World Rhythms.

Part V: Choosing, Tuning, and Caring for Your Drums.

Chapter 19: Decision Time: Selecting a Drum of Your Own.

Chapter 20: Tuning and Maintaining Your Drums.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Expand Your Drumming Horizons.

Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Finding a Drum Instructor.

Appendix: How to Use the CD.


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Author Information

Jeff Strong graduated from the Percussion Institute of Technology at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles in 1983, where he studied with Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Efrain Toro, and Alex Acuna. A drummer for more than 35 years, Jeff began his professional career at the age of 14. His professional experience ranges from live performance to studio drumming to music research. Jeff has performed or recorded with artists as diverse as ’60’s crooner Gene Pitney, R&B singer Cynthia Johnson (Lipps, Inc.), the countryrock Daisy Dillman Band, and the reggae band Macumba, to name a few. He has released a dozen solo CDs, including Calming Rhythms 3 — a therapeutic tool currently used by thousands of institutions and schools worldwide.
Jeff is currently President of the REI Institute, a Music Medicine research organization and therapy provider. His pioneering work using drumming for children with autism has been featured in many publications, including many scientific journals and several books. Jeff has spoken at dozens of professional conferences and has been called upon as an expert on music and sound healing, appearing on numerous radio programs and in two documentaries. The REI Institute’s therapy program for people with neurological disorders, of which Jeff is the creator, is available through hundreds of Authorized REI Providers located around the world.
Jeff is a sought-after drum clinician focusing on world rhythm techniques and is the author of eight books. You can find out more about Jeff at www.jeffstrong.com and www.reiinstitute.com.
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Press Release

November 26, 2012
Pyle Audio Drums up Partnership with Award-Winning Publisher to Create First Drums For Dummies Kits

Pyle, manufacturers of home, car and pro audio equipment, has announced its new partnership with Wiley to create two new Drums For Dummies Kits: Electronic Tabletop Drums For Dummies™ and Electronic Drum Kit For Dummies™.

“Pyle Audio’s reputation for quality audio products and feature-rich, easy-to-use musical instruments makes the company an ideal partner for our first-ever Drums For Dummies Kits,” said Marc Mikulich, Vice President, Brand Management at Wiley.  “We are thrilled to help our loyal readers learn drum skills in a hands-on way and know they’ll be pleased with the results.”

The Electronic Tabletop Drum For Dummies comes packaged with Pyle’s PTEDO5 7-pad digital drum kit, which boasts a variety of features, such as 100 pre-set songs and five editable beats allowing users to effortlessly create studio quality sound. 

It comes with seven touch sensitive drum pads, two foot pedals and two drum sticks. Additionally, users can enjoy 25 pre-set drum beats, 215 percussion sounds and a USB port for users to combine their unique beats with their favorite tunes.

For users looking for a more rock-star drum set, the Electronic Drum Kit For Dummies comes packaged with Pyle’s PED07 professional drum kit, which features a drum rack that sets up just like a natural drum-set. 

Other features include five natural response drum heads, two drum sticks, two foot pedals, a sound module, cables and drum lock.  Of course, it also comes with the Drums For Dummies book and CD, like the Tabletop kit.  Additionally, users can supplement their experiences with 11 pre-set drum beats with up to four variations, 16-bit sample sound fidelity, headphone jack, built-in metronome and a MIDI in/out cable.

“Partnering with Wiley in the popular For Dummies series further solidifies our place in the audio and musical instrument marketplace, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Abe Brach, Marketing Manager at Pyle Audio. “We not only have products for music professionals but for novices as well, and this partnership is the perfect way to help new musicians get their feet wet.”


The Electronic Tabletop Drum For Dummies, available for $179.99, and the Electronic Drum Kit For Dummies, available for $229.99, can be purchased now on Amazon.

For more information on the Drums For Dummies series or other product offerings from Pyle, including high resolution images, contact PR representative Andrew Felix at 305-374-4404 x136 or andrewfelix@maxborgesagency.com.


With more than 40 years’ experience in the manufacturing of high-quality audio products, Pyle has established itself as a premier source for car audio, home audio and professional audio & musical instruments. Product lines include Pyle Pro, Pyle Car and Pyle Home. The company has recently expanded into outdoor recreational gear with its Pyle Sports line. For more information, please visitwww.PyleAudio.com.

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