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Drum Techniques of Rush: Drum Transcriptions [Paperback]

Bill Rush , Bill Wheeler
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March 1 1985 0769250556 978-0769250557 1
Includes: Distant Early Warning (from Grace Under Pressure) * Jacob's Ladder (from Permanent Waves) * Limelight (from Moving Pictures) and others.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but worth owning Dec 2 2002
I've enjoyed going through this book and working out some of the parts. Some of the time signatures/changes were eye-opening, as you can get lost at times trying to decipher certain Rush tunes (well I know I do anyway).
On the downside, a lot of it has been simplified - kind of like a "Here is the basic idea of what's being played" attitude (The Trees for example). There are occasional mistakes which I can live with, but some of it is flat wrong. Check out the beginning of Natural Science ("Wheels within wheels in a spiral array") - if you listen to the song while following the transcription, you will see that what is written is wrong.
Overall I'd recommend this book - is there such a thing as a BAD drum book?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start, but needs polish Feb. 23 2001
I've been a percussionist for some 20+ years now. I started my cult like following of Neil and Rush back when "Grace Under Pressure" was released.
Since then I haven't missed a lick or concert. I own just about everything that RUSH has made. So of course I picked up this book and it's sequel.
What I have found is that the books are not accurate transcriptions of Neil's work. Several of the songs are a little watered down so that newbies don't get discouraged. Neil is without a doubt one of the best drummers to hit the skins and these books try to give the percussive student the basics of Neil's work.
Where the books fall short is where they leave out several key kit rudiments that are trademarks of Neil Peart. (e.g. The Peart Roll in several songs like Tom Sawyer). Also, I noticed that the transcripts have written the notes for drums other than what Neil actually uses on various songs. (Who can forget Neil's chimes in Xanadu?)
So... don't worry about buying it. The books worth it! Just remember that they are intended to give a fundamental understanding of Neil's work but they are no substitute for watching "Neil Peart - A Work in Progress" (available on VHS), listening to every work by the artist, and practicing his rudiments over and over for hours and hours until it becomes second nature (no pun intended... honestly).
One last thing...
Neil if you read this, I have one of your sticks and would be happy to return it in exchange for an afternoon at your ranch in Canada. <g> (Middletown Dreams)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Precision transcription, this is not July 28 2001
Considering that Neil Peart is best known for his precision and consistency, I was disappointed with this frequently inaccurate effort. The inaccuracies are sometimes amusing - Mr. Wheeler's 'imagined' fills are in places a bit harder and less intuitive than Mr. Peart's actual parts. Mostly I was disconcerted however that the author himself apparently has not quite mastered Mr. Peart's work and subsequently has misled rather elightened many students of the art. I'm curious to know if Mr. Peart was ever made aware of the errors and if so what his reactions must have been (he has said that he does not read music and hence did not review the transcriptions personally).
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4.0 out of 5 stars very cool indeed Feb. 6 2000
Transcriptions of some of Mr. Peart's best drum parts of the "middle" Rush-era. If you're interested in kit drumming and haven't been turned onto Neil Peart, check this book out to find out what you've been missing. There are a lot of unique and creative patterns in this book.
(I would give the book 5 stars for the subject matter, but there's a small transcription error in "Subdivisions" - I suspect there may be a few more lurking in there.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy-to-read music notation! April 27 2000
This book is very well put together, with an overview section in the beginning of the book. It deals with everything from music basics to what drum/cymbal is to be played on what line of the staff. The book covers some of the most challenging songs from Rush's early 80's progressive era. There are a few notation errors, but the transcriptions are so rich with fills, changes in time signature, and the like, that you can't help but fall in love with this book!
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