A Dictionary for the Modern Percussionist and Drummer (Dictionaries for the Modern Musician) (Hardcover)

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Percussion instruments such as drums, cymbals, gongs, and xylophones comprise one of the largest and ever-expanding areas of music performance, composition, and sound effects. Profusely illustrated, A Dictionary for the Modern Percussionist and Drummer is an essential resource for any student, professional, or amateur musician who wants to delve into the vast world of percussion and drumming instruments and terminology.

With an emphasis on modern terms in many languages and genres, James A. Strain has defined, detailed, and explained the use of percussion instruments and drums not only for classical genres (such as orchestra, symphonic, band, and opera) but also for popular styles (such as jazz, rock, music theater, and marching band). Also included are those world music instruments and ensembles commonly found in public school and university settings (such as steel drum bands, samba bands, and gamelan ensembles) as well as historical genres related to rope and rudimental drumming.

Written for professional and amateur percussionists as well as non-percussionist educators, this book includes valuable topics on instrument construction and tuning and specific playing techniques, as well as instrument setup diagrams with models and ranges of keyboard percussion instruments. With more than 300 images and examples, it is the ideal reference book to enable any musician to better understand the extensive world of percussion and drumming.

About the Author

James A. Strain is professor of music (percussion) at Northern Michigan University, historian for the Percussive Arts Society, and research column editor for Percussive Notes, the organization journal of the Percussive Arts Society.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780810886926
ISBN-10: 0810886928
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: October 13th, 2017
Pages: 334
Language: English
Series: Dictionaries for the Modern Musician