Groove Freedom Series
Welcome to the critically acclaimed Groove Freedom Series by drummer and educator Pete Williams.
The Groove Freedom Books are unique and differ to others on the market as each book will take you on a focused journey giving you a wealth of knowledge on one topic of groove drumming. Book One deals with grooves that use an 8th note Hi Hat pattern and Book Two targets grooves based on a 16th note Hi Hat pattern.
The books start with fundamental exercises that can be studied by a complete novice and progress in a logical manner throughout, leading to exercises that will challenge and stimulate accomplished drummers.
With their clear layout, well-paced progression and audio examples, each book will help you to achieve measurable progress on a single theme.
Using these books will:
- Improve your beat placement and counting skills
- Advance your timekeeping skills through playing with a metronome
- Increase your coordination and control
- Help you to develop internal dynamics and feel
- Expand your understanding of note values and reading drum notation
- Allow you to develop your groove vocabulary and give you the freedom to express yourself through your drumming
- Make you a versatile, skilled and dependable musician who can adjust your grooves to fit different music situations
GROOVE FREEDOM SERIES – 02/
Groove Freedom Series 02/
The 16th Note Hi Hat Pattern
The second book in the Groove Freedom Series offers you a comprehensive guide to playing drum grooves that use a 16th note pattern on the Hi Hats.
Within the book you will find 44 pages of logical, progressive material. As well as a whole host of exercises, it covers counting, dissecting patterns and practice techniques to ensure you can make the most of the book and achieve rapid progress. Also included is an audio CD containing over 50 clear and concise key example tracks to help with your practice.
Chapter 1 Getting Started: Starts with coordinating a groove playing basic 16th note on the Hi Hats using two hands. It then methodically takes you through common hand and foot variations of the groove ensuring you can alter the Bass and Snare Drum patterns freely and without constraint.
Chapter 2 Developing Your Sound: The Hi Hat is the star of chapter two, which takes you through a step by step guide of how to implement open Hi Hats, complex accenting and double strokes into your 16th note drum grooves. It will add a subtle fluidity and class to your groove playing and add real value to you as a groove drummer.
Chapter 3 Increasing Your Groove Freedom: This chapter is designed to see how well your limbs can work together; it will take you through a progression of tough bass drum options and poly rhythms to develop complete groove freedom within 16th note grooves.
Book Two is a standalone module and can be studied in isolation from Book One however they are a logical and powerful resource for groove drumming when studied in combination
Review translated from www.jazzdrummerworld.com
“Pete Williams has written two excellent books aimed at drummers: “Groove Freedom Series 01/” – The 8th Note Hi-Hat Pattern and “Groove Freedom Series 02/” The 16th Note Hi-Hat Pattern. The two books are truly a fantastic buy”
GROOVE FREEDOM SERIES – 01/
Groove Freedom Series 01/
The 8th Note Hi Hat Pattern
The first book in the Groove Freedom Series offers you an in-depth study of playing drum grooves that use an 8th note pattern on the Hi Hats.
Within the book you will find 44 pages of well thought out, progressive material. As well as a whole host of exercises, it covers counting, dissecting patterns and practice techniques to ensure you can make the most of the book and achieve rapid progress. Also included is an audio CD containing over 50 clear and concise key example tracks to help with your practice.
Chapter 1 Getting Started: Deals with learning how to play the basic 8th note Hi Hat groove and then developing freedom and syncopation with the snare drum and bass drum. This will ensure you can happily manipulate this basic groove to place Bass and Snare drums on any 16th note in a bar and are aware of the building blocks of groove drumming.
Chapter 2 Developing Your Sound: Is the subtlest but in my opinion the most important and challenging chapter in the book. In Chapter 1 your primary focus has been placed on timing and coordination, the “when” and “what” to hit and Chapter 2 tackles the “how” to hit. It centres on an in depth look at Hi Hat accenting, Snare Drum grace notes and opening the Hi Hat within a groove. This is where your playing will come alive and take on a smooth and flowing feel.
Chapter 3 Increasing Your Groove Freedom: Now you will take things up a gear, keeping on board the flow you have honed in Chapter 2. You will now look at further developing your coordination with a special focus on the bass drum. As you work through the more advanced bass drum options the challenge is increased by having to keep your mind’s eye on the quality and tone of the Hi Hat and Snare Drum work.
Book One makes a fun and challenging foundation module to prepare you for the timing, coordination and internal dynamics required from a modern groove drummer.
Review from www.mikedolbear.co.uk
“The second you lay eyes on it you’ll be taken by the cover. Personally I love its design, bright and completely different to most drum books we see now. Produced to a high material standard as well as content, this one [Groove Freedom Book 1] will take you from first tentative hit of the Hi Hat through to competent groove player”.