Ted Reed

Syncopation for the Modern Drummer

This is the go-to book of rhythms.   Each lesson introducs one measure rhythmic cells that culminate in a short etude combing elements from the lesson.   Lessons start with quarter notes and half notes, then gradually move to eights, sixteenths, triplets, dotted figures, and accents.  This book offers no text explaining a particular educational or technical theory.   Rather, it serves as a generic template for a player to work  out his or her own ideas or problems.   It also is a good beginning book for drumset players to build basic jazz and latin vocabulary and four way coordination.

Annotated by Jonathan Hess