Reading Studies for Drums and Percussion

Rhythms and Multi-Pitches

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $9.99
  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 44
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 1-4234-6688-8
  • SKU: 50449550
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2009

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These exercises will help you move between instruments more accurately, while enhancing your reading ability for recording work, shows, and the theater pit. You will learn to play more melodically and generally become a more versatile musician. Recommended for all levels of drummer.

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Previously published as “Multi-Pitch Rhythm Studies for Drums.”

“This book fills a very important role in the study of percussion, that of melody! Too much percussion literature lacks studies that deal with melody. Here, Ron Delp has done just that—created multiple pitch studies for drums. This book can be used for drum set, timbales, tympani, congas, (tumbadoras), bongos—literally any percussion instrument. It will encourage drummers and percussionists to think more melodically and also promote good reading skills.”

—John Ramsay, Chair of the Percussion Department, Berklee College of Music


Ron Delp

Ron Delp has performed with the Boston Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Bops; with Broadway shows in Boston and New York,…