"Lucas has written more than a drum book, it's a life journey!
These are my favorite kind of books, ones that are more for reference and can be studied for a lifetime."
- David Garibaldi, legendary drummer of Tower of Power
"Lucas van Merwijk is one of the great drummers of our time.
He lays down so much good stuff that even the eyes of a trained drummer can't catch it all."
The drum set or drum kit as an instrument is a relatively recent innovation that has undergone rapid development. Since its introduction at the beginning of the 20th century with the birth of American jazz it has spread all over the world. Popularized by drummers in rock, pop and jazz it soon became a common instrument in many different cultures. Nowadays the drum set is used in Latin, African, Asian, Eastern European and Arabic music in the genre known as world music. Recent years have seen a dramatic growth in the variety of world rhythms now being played on the kit which continues to expand to this day.
In this book you will find a selection of these rhythms. It certainly does not claim to be exhaustive in covering all existing world rhythms. there are simply too many of them. We have tried, however, to present a collection of world grooves that are both useful and instantly fun to play on the drum set. In most cases these grooves were originally played on traditional drums and percussion instruments that have been transposed here to the drum set. Anyone wishing to gain a much more comprehensive insight into the backgrounds of these special sorts of music would inevitably have to make an in-depth study.
Our aim was to keep this book practical. The rhythms presented here were all used in live situations and have proven to be valuable. Playing with percussion players from all over the world has always inspired me and has changed my approach to the drum kit. Now I would like to share these rhythms with you!
Hopefully this book will inspire you to take a walk on the rich road of world rhythms.
Lucas van Merwijk
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