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Fluid Fills and Musical Phrasing, by Dave DiCenso, provides a means for drummers to expand their fill vocabulary while improving timing, flow, musicality, and listening skills. In the process, the exercises demonstrate how to interpret and play the most famous rhythms in Western music. The student is required to practice multiple ways of interpreting these rhythms, utilizing a vast array of rudiments and their variations. The book contains hundreds of variations based upon a logical system of concepts and their expansion and includes applications to various styles of music.
DiCenso has fortified this 156-page study with unique methods to help drummers not only grow and diversify their vocabulary, but to hear outside of it, in order to fill and phrase with greater precision, flow, and musical impact.
The lessons in Rhythm and Drumming Demystified (R.A.D.D.) utilize a process of adapting the rudiments---and the countless variations and grooves they spawn---to the framework of five systems of common rhythmic figures, as a means to increase one's control and flexibility with any sticking or time-feel. The book also contains a groundbreaking system for using the voice to develop one's "internal clock." By using this system, drummers can improve their groove by learning to generate time with their mind and allow their body to simply be a conduit between their perception of the time and its manifestation on the drumset.
Written by drummer/educator Dave DiCenso, Universal Rhythms for Drumset is a workbook with a concept designed to help demystify the drummer's creative process. Working from the notion that the majority of Western music is built upon five simple rhythmic phrases, DiCenso offers creative tools that demonstrate how to identify, interpret, and manipulate this five-rhythm alphabet in order to improve one's understanding of rhythm as a language and one's ability to speak it on a set of drums.