The book and videos are an innovative and comprehensive approach to learning finger style drums.
Applicable to drums such as Frame Drums, Riq Tambourine, Djembe, Ashiko, Cajon and others.
The online course includes:
- 145 page downloadable and printable book
- 75 tutorial videos (4 hours worth)
- Descriptions of how to play tones and strokes
- Exploring body awareness
- 100s of tone building exercises
- Creating internal pulses and subdivisions
- 150 rhythms from around the world
- How to play with a metronome
- Odd time rhythms exercises for refinement of finger dexterity & rolls
- Derivations of traditional rhythms
- 10 album audio tracks to play along with
Think of this book as a systems approach for unifying your mind and body in all your musical endeavors. If you are a beginner, you will learn the language and concepts behind rhythm as you teach your hands how to do what you want them to. If you are already an accomplished drummer, you will find useful tools for tightening up your technique, embellishing and soloing, and expanding your comfort zone within a broader range of musical styles.
It is structured with careful consideration as to how to entrain the body to deliver each tone with intention and how to sequence each tone in every possible variation. There is a natural progression to the concepts presented, the complexity of the exercises, and even the ordering of the rhythms in the back sections.
Each exercise is an actual call to action. Each action is a path to understanding. If you start from the beginning and take the time to do each exercise with precision, then gradually increase the speed with which you do it, you will eventually develop the synapses and corresponding reflexes to play, say, and understand pretty much any rhythm you might want to jam on. Once you have made it through the whole book, you will be able to go back and use the various sections as useful references or to give greater structure to your practice time in order to work your growth edge, wherever it may be.
Whether this is your first intro to studying percussion or whether it is a passion you have been working on for a long time, and whether you are looking to become a drummer or just enhance your understanding of meter in music, River Guerguerian’s unique teaching methodology, which is thoughtfully delineated in this book, will surely inspire, inform, and initiate you into new levels of groove.
River Guerguerian has been inspiring audiences with his ecstatic and versatile percussion for over 30 years. Whether collaborating with world-class artists, supporting symphonies, or creating his own dynamic rhythmic compositions, River’s devotion to the vibrant life of the drum reverberates deeply through the mind and soul of the listener.
River was born in Canada to Armenian-Egyptian parents and began his journey into musical studies at an early age. In 1989, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Manhattan School of Music Conservatory where he was granted the school’s award for Most Outstanding Percussionist.
In 1988, just before graduating, he began working with Grammy and Oscar-winning composer, Tan Dun. Over the next several years he continued performing with highly acclaimed artists, which placed him on the stages of some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, and Lincoln Center.
In 1994, River decided to sell all of his possessions and step off of the grid. He resided in a wildlife sanctuary in the Himalayas. The adventure lasted for five years and led to his immersion into extensive nature-inspired research as well as experimentation into the physiological effects of sound upon brainwave states. He continued his investigation of trance-inducing instrumentation as he further explored the music and cultures of the East.
Drawing upon his richly diverse experiences, River plays across a remarkable span of musical genres and traditions, both obscure and mainstream. His patient research and unrelenting passion have allowed him to develop a personal and masterful sound from Old World frame drums, Middle Eastern, Indian, Western, African and Afro-Cuban percussion instruments and more. His compositions have been commissioned for and performed by chamber ensembles, universities, modern dance companies, and international music festivals.As a highly regarded studio musician, River has recorded on over 200 albums and film soundtracks, including the John Cage documentary film, “I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It." Over the span of his prolific career, he has performed and/ or recorded with such groups as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, New Music Consort, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Paul Winter Consort, Talujon Percussion Ensemble, Lizz Wright, Chuck Berry, Sophie B. Hawkins, and Ziggy Marley and The Gipsy Kings. He often engineers his own percussion tracks for artists at his studio.
A respected music educator, River is Music Director of the Odyssey Community School in Asheville, North Carolina, where he also regularly teaches group and private lessons for all ages. River also tours internationally with several ensembles and conducts “rhythm and sound exploration” workshops throughout the country. You can hear his lyrical style with The River Guerguerian Project, his world jazz trio- Free Planet Radio, and the global Americana group- The Billy Sea.
Since 1999, River has lived in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC with his wife and three daughters. River is the Artistic Director of Asheville Rhythm, which produces the Asheville Percussion Festival, now in it’s sixth year; a down-home and world-class experience that summons people from near and far to fellowship, study, and be renewed in their musical practice and in their lives. Visit him at www.ShareTheDrum.com
“Guerguerian’s composition, sensationally performed, devoted itself even more religiously to the possibilities of pure sound.”
—The New York Times
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