Harry Johnson - The Modern Drummer
THE MODERN DRUMMER was scanned at 600dpi and meticulously cleaned. Immediately after your purchase, you'll receive an email with a special link to download the .pdf file.
This 48-page book was first published in 1924. It was intended to be a "Self-Instructor", with not only musical examples, but with clearly written text. Explanations of how to hold the sticks and how to strike the drum, along with exercises to build technique as well as music notation are covered in great detail. There are also exercises and explanations to develop the roll.
To give you a brief idea of the contents, here are a few quotes taken from the text:
"This book is no work of experiment and is founded upon the practical results obtained by my pupils, many of whom are playing in recognized orchestras and jazz bands, to the unqualified praise of their leaders."
"You will find the exercises in this book very pleasing to practice and so simple that you will enjoy every minute of your practice period. Start at the beginning and do not skip any of these exercises as each exercise prepares you for the following and if you
skip around the book you are merely losing time."
"Practice with a Victrola on a practice pad which can be purchased in any music or drum supply house. My reason for suggesting that you practice on a pad for the present is that it is not so tiresome as it is to practice on a drum, the noise making it impossible for you to practice any length of time. Besides the noise annoying you, it
will annoy every one else within hearing distance, and the results can be obtained just as well on a pad until you have perfected a technique so that you have some control of the sticks. You will readily appreciate that in playing the Victrola during your practicing you will not only develop your wrists, but at the same time ·will develop your ear for rhythm which is of course the most important thing of playing drums next to technique,"