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Bongo drumming - the Bongo Books by
Trevor Salloum. Very informative and helpful, there are three
levels to choose from Click now.
The very best Timbales Primer is written by
Changuito and Chuck Silverman. It gives ALL the basics
and plenty of advanced material as well. Read
Essence of Afro-Cuban Percussion and Drum Set by
Ed Uribe - for
all instruments, not just drumset. A must own for the serious
player. As one of Ed's former students said, "This material
goes very deep, and Ed (Uribe) makes it all accessible."
conga drumming, check out Conga
Drumming : A Beginners Guide to Playing With Time by
Alan Dworsky, Betsy Sanby. Highly recommended, a very helpful
book, especially for beginners.
drum circles, get Arthur Hull's book, Drum
Circle Spirit . "what a goldmine..." stu
Here is a list of the finest books on HOMEMADE
A list of good books on CAJUN
Music & Culture
for the Gods: The Life and Times of Felips Garcia, Santero,
Palero, and Abakua - This book is an absolute must
for those interested in this culture. Garcia has been "Balogún
for thirty years. Olóaá, of Matanzas, Cuba, for about forty years.
Omóañá for almost forty-five years. OlúIyesá [he who knows the
secrets of the Iyesá drums]." A practitioner of sacred drumming
for almost his entire life, Felipe practiced his trade in Cuba
both before and after the Revolution and brought it with him to
New York, where he continues to play for the gods. You'll love
if you don't yet have them, and especially if you're new to world
drumming traditions, you'll want to read the Mickey Hart books,
at the Edge of Magic
Drum. Mickey is quite obsessed with drumming, and has
done his homework, in a big way. Tons of good info in these two
Rhythm African Sensibility
by John Miller Chernoff.
This is an essential book for Westerners who must make the trek
from city life to the primal African view of things. Yes, this
probably means you. It addresses the intercultural issues
in an enlightening way. I read it twice, and may yet go for a
third time. Five stars.
Tabla Legacy of Taranath Rao : Pranava Tala Prajna : Technique
and Repertoire for the Drums of the Classical Music of North
by Jeffrey M.
Feldman - Pt. Rao has been a major influence on Indian drumming
in the west; during his tenure at CalArts, he taught an entire
generation of serious musicians, and we predict his work will
continue to bear fruit for quite some time. A must have for
those interested in Indian music.