In the latest edition of the Slagwerkkrant (the Dutch trade magazine for drummers) there is a nice article about my teaching method for pop drums 360DRUMSbook (two books, audio, video & app). Mark Eeftens describes in a beautiful way why these books are so very useful, for every drummer and drum teacher. Thank you very much Mark!
“The smart thing about the audio tracks is that they really do build up from slower tempo’s where you learn the fastest and most thoroughly … the rhythms contain many variations and patterns that you need in daily playing practice … they start simple but are ultimately bold and challenging … so no bookmarks or long texts but practice and apply immediately! “- Mark Eeftens
It is not easy to become a good drummer. Try to play the exercises well, becoming faster, integrate more and more techniques, play more and more variations, get better control over the muscles. And let’s not forget steadyness and volume control…
But creativity is a difficult quality, one that we can hardly train specifically. Taking risks, experimenting and making mistakes is the best route for this.
To show you how I do it… I have taken 2 chapters from Book of Fills (3.1 and 3.3), chosen a feel (even/triplet/bluesrock) and started to jam… Watch some of these 4 video’s & I hope you get inspired to do the same!
Every drumbook is written in a specific order, some start easily and become more and more difficult, other books are divided into categories so you can determine your ideal route yourself. The books for 360DRUMS are part of that second group. In the book I present 3 different routes, where my favorite is the 3rd. This article helps you to understand a bit more about this ‘custom’ route.
As you might already know, the 360drums package can be ordered via the webshop (see button above), but you can also order it from one of my favorite sites: percussionbooks.com. This site offers a huge assortment of the best and most beautiful drum books. Click here to take a look at that site!
Once every year I would like to give you an update, as in a summary of the last year, especially for all drum teachers that are using the books, the audio or the app. Therefor, one year after launching the books it is time for the once-a-year-update-newsletter.
Recently, the free 360DRUMSbook app has been updated and its new feature is one every drummer dreams of. Probably you are quite familiar with your metronome, now in this new version, the 360DRUMSbook app has a special metronome that brings you the drumless band tracks for studying at slow speed (40-65bpm). Furthermore, you can use the 12 special metronomes that allow you to study in even and triplet feel with the click on:
Weekly, on every Sunday, a new podcast episode (vodcast) will be launched to inspire you with exercises taken from the books. Every week a beat & fill are used to ‘jam’, true audio without all the fancy editing and EQ-ing. Want to subscribe? Go to your favorite podcast-app and search for 360DRUMSbook.
If you like, you can use the following direct-links: