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The R.I.T.T.E.R. Method
Inspiration for Everyone
What is the R.I.T.T.E.R. Method? Let me answer that question by first telling you what it is not. It is not your usual drum book. There are absolutely no written exercises in it. So what is it? The subtitle says "A self-improvement method for drummers." I would call it "An Inspirational self-improvement method for drummers." The book was written by Chip Ritter who is, by his own admission, a full time professional drummer who is not famous and not rich but who plays drums because he loves music.
Throughout the book Chip quotes famous people from all walks of life (including multiple quotes from Bruce Lee) to accentuate the points he is trying to make throughout the text. In fact, the book is based on Bruce Lee's concept that advised is students to absorb what is useful, disregard what is useless, and add what is specifically your own. Or, as Chip puts it, "This is simply my current experience and my personal truth. Please take what you can use and leave the rest."
Chip also says, "I honestly believe that I have found a way to improve EVERY ASPECT of a drummer's performance". That's a big claim. How close does Chip come to his goal? Read on.
In the Rhythm chapter (as with all the chapters), Chip first gives us the standard dictionary definition of the term and then tells us what it means to him, as a drummer. In this chapter Chip also describes the problems with what he calls "paint by number" drummers and he defines "groove" and "pulse" and their importance to drummers.
The Deacon Principle
R.I.T.T.E.R. Method Bottom Line
The bottom line is that I believe Chip has done what he set out to do, and that is to write down the tips and techniques that have helped him improve every aspect of his drumming over the years. As he says in the closing of his book, "My hope is that this method will inspire you."
The book is available online directly from Chip Ritter (see the sidebar on this page). The price is $15.00 for a printed copy, which includes snail-mail shipping, or $9.95 for a downloaded e-book version.
If you're feeling like you need a little inspiration, check it out.
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