Drumming In A Band: Stuff You Can Use

Rob Mitzner

A fun and unique learning experience for drummers to work on any style of music at any level.

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Drumming in a Band: Stuff you Can Use, by Rob Mitzner, can prepare drummers to play almost any kind of gig. The target audience is drummers with 2 or more years of playing experience who want to learn to play in a band.

All of the material presented comes from the author’s real-world experience in recording sessions and band situations. Based around “Groove Workshops” that include 53 bass/drums groove play-alongs, styles explored include rock, drum‘n’bass, R&B/soul, reggae, World, roots, blues, jazz, odd time, and more. Within these styles, specific substyles and classic influences are examined, with grooves and rhythm section approaches used by Billy Cobham, James Brown, Steve Jordan, David Garibaldi, J Dilla, Robert Glasper, Art Blakey, and many others. Other substyles studied include bluegrass, New Orleans Second Line, boogaloo, blues, various shuffles, grungy rock, jazz brushes, and much more.

The package also includes 18 full-length original song play-along tracks with New York bands and top session players, including Woodhead, Simon Garrett, Dave Ross, Luke Buck, Andrea Capozzoli, MC Frontalot, Will Reynolds, Eric Price, Michael Gallant, Lars Potteiger, Chris Cheek, Dmitry Ishenko, Yana Davydova, Matthew Milligan, John Shannon, Jared Sims, Gaby Alter, Schaffer the Darklord and Miss Eaves.

Audio files with and without drums are included for every groove, along with detailed charts, transcriptions, road maps and lead sheets. There is also a section on how to make your own charts. There is video and analysis for every track, with interviews, anecdotes, and pro tips for the drummer from all the various musicians.

Product Details:

  • 175 pages total
  • 73 videos and over 150 mp3 audio files
  • Charts, transcriptions & road maps (and how to create your own)
  • Interviews with all the musicians on the drummer’s role in the band

What People Are Saying

“Rob’s new book is full of practical and useful information that you can only acquire through years of experience playing music with other musicians. I highly recommend checking out Drumming in a Band: Stuff You Can Use if your goals are to play the drums in real world situations.”
Stanton Moore (Galactic, Garage a Trois, Joe Jackson)

“Rob is a practitioner of doing what works best for the song. Listen carefully to how his groove and dynamics develop from intro to end. In this book you will get insights from a songwriter-drummer that are crucial for the studio and stage.”
Kenta Yonesaka (Grammy-nominated recording engineer)

“Rob Mitzner has created a pro handbook for the drummer who wants to get calls to play sessions and gigs with real people. Tommy Igoe’s Groove Essentials is the benchmark for these types of books, and here Rob has taken a wonderfully complementary approach where students and teachers can study these two books together for a complete play-along/stylistic knowledge curriculum. Drumming in a Band: Stuff You Can Use is a high-level, professional and insightful set of songs, grooves and studies that will get your further on your way to being that in-demand drummer around town!”
Joe Bergamini (Hudson Music editor, Broadway shows, author)


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Our play-along tracks are the perfect way to learn a new style, keep your chops sharp on something you already know, or just let loose and have some fun on the kit!

Each play-along features an audio track without drums, and detailed chart/transcription to guide you through the tune. When available, we also include a reference track with drums, so you can check out what another drummer played on the same track.

After purchase, you will receive a link to download your track and chart. Files are delivered in a .zip file that when expanded will include your audio track (usually as an mp3 file), and your chart as a pdf.


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