Blues Drumming
Ed Roscetti
$14.95 (book and CD)
Hal Leonard Corporation

August 2002, Percussive NotesEd Roscetti has put together a workbook/play-along package to help readers understand and master the blues.  He discusses the 12-bar blues form, includes triplet accent exercises, advanced fill ideas (septuplets, right-hand lead/mixed stickings), alternative blues timekeeping patterns, ghost notes, straight eighth-note blues grooves, half-time shuffle patterns, 6/8 blues feels, and eight play-along charts.  The exercises and fill ideas are very useful.  Roscetti provides blank worksheet space for readers to create their own ideas based on his concepts.  If you can’t play the blues after using this book, you should be blue.

Terry O'Mahoney