Good Start, but needs polish,
This review is from: Drum Techniques of Rush: Drum Transcriptions (Paperback)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)