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The Practice Book

The Practice Book, by Franck Agulhon and Didier Ottaviani, is a collection of daily routines and “4 ways” rudiments for drummers.

The Practice Book, by Franck Agulhon and Didier Ottaviani, is a collection of daily routines and “4 ways” rudiments for drummers.

“4 ways” is a term that refers to drumming which utilizes both hands and feet. The purpose of this method is to submerge the player in the technical aspect of the drums, therefore ingraining the exercises so that they become second nature. This results in freeing the player to be more creative and intuitive in any musical situation, and allowing them to focus on THE MUSIC (the groove, sound, interaction, time, tempo…).

  • For each exercise the following method is used:
  • the MIRROR technique, utilizing the opposite hand to repeat the same exercise.
  • Work on all the subdivisions from 2 to 8 (and potentially 9, 10, 11…).
  • Several playing suggestions for the feet: ostinatos, overlapping with one hand, keep time, etc…

Each section in the book has its own roadmap, which you can refer in order to complete all variations of the exercises.

Be creative within the structure of the course, create your own patterns, breaks, phrases and voicings….

In the ‘ideas, inspiration’ section, there are creative techniques to help you further expand your vocabulary and inspire you to greater musical heights.

55 Pages

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