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Drumset Concepts & Creativity

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Author: Carter McLean

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Table of Contents

Technique
Practice
Groove Construction
Phrasing
Tuning
The Kaleidoscope & More
Diagrams
Groove Examples
Single-Hand Exercise
Gear
About the Author

Acclaimed drummer & instructor Carter McLean brings you his invaluable “Four Hands Drumming” video series with accompanying book, featuring over 3 hours of high-quality drumset lessons. Carter covers myriad concepts, practice ideas, sticking patterns, grooves, and creative workouts, including the Kaleidoscope – a giant notated exercise guaranteed to improve your technique! Topics covered include: groove construction; phrasing & musicality; practice ideas; innovative exercises; improving technique; drum tuning & tips; and more.

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Coming home to myself
Submitted 3 months ago

This will be a hit.

I'm a concert pianist having spent all my life at it, and due to the Chinese virus, I've have had to turn my hand to composition. I therefore came to this as a "MIDI" drummer having never touched a pair of drum sticks. In order to write drum music, I felt I had to watch and listen to a master. Mr McLean showed his chops at the Sweetwater Youtube demo (where he was promoting this book methinks) and if you're lucky enough to come across this tutorial, you'd be foolish to miss out. Mr McLean demonstrates not only a professionalism but a humility and a sincerity which is the essence of the best performers and composers. It's a lot for a non drummer to learn but I feel I made the right decision to learn from one of the best. (If you want to see him in action, watch him accompany "face like thunder" song from The Japanese House band on YouTube). This guy is pure and raw talent and if I were a budding drummer, this is where I would start. I taught music discipline all my life. If this guy were a pianist, he'd be Glen Gould.

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Carter was born in San Francisco and shortly thereafter moved to Connecticut. This is where McLean listened to and fell in love with music and especially the drums. At age 10, he started his journey as a musician. Broadway wasn't even on his radar when he started working at Manny's Music in Manhattan just prior to 9/11. The self-taught musician had just wrapped up his studies at University of Colorado – Boulder and was hoping to land a gig with someone like Sting, Peter Gabriel, or Paul Simon. But then, while working his shift and playing at the store, he got noticed by a vet of Stevie Wonder's band, Dennis Davis, and got invited to play with legendary musician Roy Ayers in Harlem. While touring with Melvin Sparks in 2002, McLean was approached to be a sub at The Lion King in NYC. This eventually led to McLean taking over the chair at the hit show in 2011.

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    Drumset Concepts & Creativity

    Acclaimed drummer & instructor Carter McLean brings you his invaluable “Four Hands Drumming” video series with accompanying book, featuring over 3 hours of high-quality drumset lessons. Carter covers myriad concepts, practice ideas, sticking patterns, grooves, and creative workouts, including the Kaleidoscope – a giant notated exercise guaranteed to improve your technique! Topics covered include: groove construction; phrasing & musicality; practice ideas; innovative exercises; improving technique; drum tuning & tips; and more.

Drumset Concepts & Creativity is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 1 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This will be a hit. I'm a concert pianist having spent all my life at it, and due to the Chinese virus, I've have had to turn my hand to composition. I therefore came to this as a "MIDI" drummer having never touched a pair of drum sticks. In order to write drum music, I felt I had to watch and listen to a master. Mr McLean showed his chops at the Sweetwater Youtube demo (where he was promoting this book methinks) and if you're lucky enough to come across this tutorial, you'd be foolish to miss out. Mr McLean demonstrates not only a professionalism but a humility and a sincerity which is the essence of the best performers and composers. It's a lot for a non drummer to learn but I feel I made the right decision to learn from one of the best. (If you want to see him in action, watch him accompany "face like thunder" song from The Japanese House band on YouTube). This guy is pure and raw talent and if I were a budding drummer, this is where I would start. I taught music discipline all my life. If this guy were a pianist, he'd be Glen Gould.
Date published: 2021-01-12
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