If you want to learn the art of trading "fours", The Drummer's Cookbook Volume II will help you put it all together. This book takes you through the entire process, from developing a vocabulary to real world application. Today's working drummers are asked to play fills and fours at a variety of different tempos, each requiring a different vocabulary. The author breaks down the process into three general tempo zones: moderate, bright and extreme. Develop your own musical vocabulary by studying the tools of the trade: uneven note groups, rhythm fragments, implied tempo changes, ghost notes, quarter note triplets, and more. Then put it all together by learning the format for fours. Learn to think in phrases: three beat groups, call and response, and symmetric and asymmetric phrases. Study the standard 32 bar AABA jazz format and learn the how, why and when of trading fours. Finally, all these skills can be practiced with several hundred two and four bar solos in each of the three tempo ranges.
Part One Developing A Vocabulary - “The Tools Of The Trade” 1. Playing Inside The Comfort Zone - Tempo Specific Figures 2. Ghost Notes (a) Anchoring Figures At Fast Tempos (b) Ghost Note Counterpoint (c) Syncopating With Ghost Notes 3. Using The Cymbals As An Alternate Voice (a) Suspended Cymbals And The Pedaled High Hat (b) HIgh Hat “Barks” 4. Quarter Note Triplets 5. Embellishments 6. Uneven Note Groups (a) Rhythmic Displacement - The Science of Syncopation (b) Three and Five Note Groups (c) Four and Five Note Triplets 7. Repeating Rhythm Fragments (a) Three and Five Note Fragments (b) Four Note Triplets 8. Implied Tempo Changes (a) The Mechanics of Metric Modulation (b) Practical Examples 9. Stick On Stick Rimshots Part Two Putting It All Together 1. 32 Bar Format: AABA - Form and Fours 2. Thinking and Playing In Phrases 3. Phrasing In Three Beat Groups - 3 Over 4 4. Two Measure Fills 66 (1) Moderate (2) Bright (3) Extreme 5. Four Measure Fills (1) Moderate (2) Bright (3) Extreme