Drum Techniques of Rush: Drum Transcriptions Paperback – Mar 1 1985
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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?
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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I had thèse booki in the pas.it is versy close to the recorded version of the original song. Supervisés by Mr Peart. Onl'y trouble i have ne ver recevez the book...Published 8 months ago by Daniel Grimard
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... Read morePublished on April 27 2000
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