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Educational articles by Stockton Helbing:

Getting Started at the Drum Set

An Introduction to Jazz Drumming

An Introduction to Big Band Drumming

An Introduction to Drum Set Soloing

The Reason for Making Jazz Albums




Stockton's Books:


Studies In Syncopation by Stockton Helbing provides musicians with a comprehensive collection of syncopated rhythmic etudes in various meters and rhythmic combinations. A powerful tool for either group study or individual study, the book includes:

•  82 rhythmic etudes ranging from meters of 4|4, 3|4, 5|4, 7|4, 6|8, 12|8, 5|8, 7|8, and mixed meters that are divided into etudes featuring either quarter note or eighth notes syncopated rhythms or quarter note, eighth note, and sixteenth notes syncopated rhythms.

•  Detailed information on how musicians of any instrument may use the etudes to grow their rhythmic precision and control.

•  Detailed methods that percussionists and drum set players may adapt the etudes for various styles including Jazz, Rock, R&B, and Latin.

•  Methods that composers and arrangers can use to help brainstorm new rhythm approaches in their writing.

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Big Band Drum Set Sight Reading Etudes Volume 1 provides a modern, multifaceted approach to learning how to become a better equipped musical drummer for any big band situation. Each of the twenty five etudes are jam packed with real world musical scenarios that typically frustrate and confuse drummers. The author provides quick, efficient help in negotiating these sight reading pitfalls with the inclusion of helpful tools for each etude:

•  Keys to Success : five specific, musical goals highlighted and explained clearly and succinctly.

•  Listening Examples : an iTunes link and list of an artist, album, song, and drummer that reflects the musical style of each etude.

•  Video Examples : a YouTube link to a video of the author demonstrating each etude in its entirety

When coupled with the etudes, these educational tools, provide a springboard for drummers to hone their abilities to handle any musical eventuality they may encounter in a big band.

Order in digital format from Maxwell Tree Music HERE.


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