Pop, R&B, and Gospel Drumming
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Pop, R&B, and Gospel Drumming

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Author: Chris Johnson

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Technique, Style, and the Music Industry
Technical Development
Groove Development
Stylistic/Genre Awareness
Playing Latin-Influenced Pop And R&B
Tune Memorization
Vocabulary Assimilation
Improvisation And Soloing
Working With Backing Tracks, Sequencers, Electronics, And Programmed Parts
Working With Musical Directors, Choir Masters, Dancers, Producers, And Artists
Part 2: Solo Pop Drum Examples
I Wish
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Just Dance
Part 3: Full Band Examples
Forget About You
Why Break Mine
Get Away
Holy, Holy, Holy
Group Song
Epilogue: Life Tips for Musicians
Artist Interviews
Chris Johnson
Aaron Spears
Brian Frasier-Moore
Bryan "B-Dub" White
Eric Smith
Errol Cooney
Kamil Rustam
Kevin Teasley
Lonny Bereal
Nate Watts
Rickey Minor

“This book is a must-read for all aspiring musicians.” –Bassist, producer, and musical director Rickey Minor

Welcome to your one-stop-shop for learning how tune your chops to pop, R&B, and gospel drumming! This unique book/video/audio combo is the ultimate guide to developing grooves, improvisation, and technical mastery within modern music styles and settings.

Chris Johnson has been one of the top in-demand drummers in the music industry for the last 20 years. His recording and touring credits range from pop icons such as Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna to R&B singers Patti LaBelle, Mya, Lalah Hathaway, and Fantasia along with gospel artists Donnie McClurkin, Norman Hutchins, and Beverly Crawford.

In this digital book, Chris gives advice for playing techniques and approaches, and sharing of experiences of playing in both live performances and studio sessions. In addition to Chris's insights and instruction, the accompanying videos and audio tracks showcase Chris playing to pop hits along with original music and arrangements played by his band. We've even included bonus material featuring interviews with other industry professionals too! The three-plus hours of video content is accessed right within the digital book.

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