Wicked Beats – Reggae, Rockstady & Ska (Book/Video)

Historical journey and detailed lessons covering Reggae and Pre-Reggae styles, including Ska, Rocksteady and Burru.

In this book, Gil Sharone takes you on a historical journey covering the pre-reggae styles of Nyabingi, Jamaican boogie, burru, ska and rocksteady. Reggae drumming is broken down in detail with numerous patterns, looking at the one drop groove, hi-hat variations, steppers and rockers variations, important reggae drummers, and more. Gil also follows the development of the music through the styles that followed reggae, with analysis and examples of dancehall, 2-Tone, 3rd wave, dub, and hip-hop/reggae and hip-hop/Nyabingi grooves.

Each of the styles is explored in detail with groove variations, fills, complete transcriptions and full musical performances with legendary players from the LA ska and reggae scene. Also included are historical photos of the Jamaican bands and drumming legends, information about getting the right sound, recommended listening, and four bonus play-along tracks. Additional features are special video appearances by Reggae historian Roger Steffens, Jamaican drumming pioneer Lloyd Knib of the Skatalites, Reggae drumming legend Carlton “Santa” Davis, and foreword by Adrian Young of No Doubt.

The print edition book comes with a code to download the full-length video from Gil’s Wicked Beats DVD, which accompanies the book (digital eBook edition does not include a video download. Instead, eBook versions include the video embedded directly within the book).

A full-color digital eBook version with embedded video is also available. In the digital version, the video is integrated into the text so you can click on a video and have it appear while you view/practice the accompanying notation.

From: $12.99



  • Gil Sharone


  • Drums


  • Reggae
  • Ska
  • World

Skill Level

  • Intermediate
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