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Jungle Drum N Bass for the Acoustic Drumset
By Johnny Rabb
A Guide to Applying Today's Electronic Music to the Drum Set
The first time I heard about Johnny Rabb, it was in reference to him using a Drumometer to win the Guinness World Record for the World's Fastest Drummer. In case you didn't realize it, he also owns the johnnyraBB Drumstick Company. And, although his Guinness record has since been broken, Johnny has moved on to other projects. One of which is this book, Jungle/Drum 'n' Bass for the acoustic drum set, from Warner Bros. Publications.
If you're not familiar with this style of music, jungle/drum 'n' bass originally developed from Techno music. The main differences being that it's played at faster tempos and often consists of more complicated polyrhythmic textures. In this book, Johnny offers his take on these popular grooves along with examples on how to simulate the electronic sounds of jungle/drum 'n' bass grooves on the acoustic drum set.
The book includes two audio example CDs, one contains exercises from the book and the other has samples of jungle/drum 'n' bass grooves created by Johnny himself.
I examined the book in detail and here's what I found.
Setup and Sounds
Various exercises throughout the book are broken up into fragments, with each being a quarter-note in length. These fragments can then be combined in various ways to provide you with endless practice material and possibilities for creating your own grooves. That's pretty cool.
This chapter consists of basic eighth-note and sixteenth-note two-line patterns that form the basis for more complicated patterns to follow. Johnny also specifies five separate options for practicing these two-line patterns, which supplies a wealth of variations.
Basic Rolls and Buzzes
Linear Jungle Grooves
Multiple Snare Jungle Grooves
Double-Bass Jungle Grooves
Advanced Sound Exercises
Johnny says that he originally got this technique from drummer Kenwood Dennard and until I see Johnny's version for myself, I cannot vouch for its effectiveness, one way or the other.
What I will say is that the examples he demonstrates on the example CD are played at a tempo that should not be out of reach for anyone with good chops, whether or not they use the freehand technique.
Putting It All Together
The Jungle Bottom Line
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the jungle/drum 'n' bass type style of music. And even if you're not, this book will help you improve your coordination and give you a wealth of rhythmic ideas that you can apply to any style of music. (If you add some left foot hi-hat clave patterns and stuff to the exercises in the book, it makes for a great four-way coordination study.)
The 152-page book comes with two example audio CDs and, considering that its retail price of $24.95 is less than the average cost of one drum lesson, I'd say it's a bargain.
Pick it up and start creating some of your own jungle/drum 'n' bass grooves. I'll bet it won't be long before you'll be pumping out better grooves that half of the stuff out there.
You can get your copy today at a substantial discount from:
Until next time: Stay loose.
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