Drummer’s Guide to Odd Meters IV-VI
Ed Roscetti
Hal Leonard Corp.

This review appeared in the Feb. 2001 issue of Percussive Notes:   With Drummer’s Guide to Odd Meters, Ed Roscetti has developed a unique system of learning odd rhythmic patterns and applying them to virtually any contemporary style on the drumset. The book is divided into seven chapters. Chapters one through five cover meters in 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 respectively.  Chapter six deals with “composite” meters, or larger meters (such as 10/8) made up of smaller meters. Chapter seven is called “Playing Through and Over the Barline; Changing-Meter Charts.” Each chapter begins with a rhythmic guide, or a set of typical rhythms in the meter being covered. These are performed on the accompanying CD. The student is instructed to play these rhythms repeatedly until they are internalized. This is done with a metronome and by using one rhythm as an ostinato while playing the others. Students are also encouraged to write out their own rhythmic guide on the blank score paper provided. The next step is to apply these rhythms using the “Five Steps to Musicality.”  This process gradually transforms the selected odd-meter idea into an orchestrated groove based on that idea in whatever musical style is desired. This process is clearly illustrated in the book and the CD provides charts that function as musical examples and play-along tracks. Roscetti reveals how relatively simple ideas can be transformed into complex-sounding grooves and solo ideas in odd meters.

By providing an open-ended system that inspires creativity on the part of the student, this book follows the approach of all great drum books. Rather than merely a set of beats to learn by rote, Roscetti has outlined a thinking system that will lead students to discover their own odd-meter ideas and apply them in a musical way.

Tom Morgan  


Modern Drummer magazine review appeared in the July/2001 issue, released mid-May. 

This book is for the drummer who’s comfortable with the standard pop grooves – most of them in 4/4 time here in the Western world – and is ready for the paradigm shift that Roscetti proposes:  Thinking of 8th notes in groups of threes rather than twos.  Roscetti has been teaching an odd-meters class at Musician’s Institute for twenty years, so he has an idea of what he’s talking about.The author is out to show what a wealth of rhythm we miss out on in the West, and his teaching methods, which also cover composite meters and playing over the bar line, are fun and hands-on.  First he creates a set of exercises for each of the eight time signatures he discusses, asking the drummer to tap an ostinato pattern with the feet while playing different patterns on a snare or hand drum, just to internalize the rhythms before applying them to the kit.  Roscetti gives basic and increasingly advanced grooves in each meter, then asks the reader to write his own beats out in the workspace provided.  His “Five Steps To Musicality” – technique, time, time feel, phrasing, and form – help cement the meters.  And the CD, which features rhythm section tracks, ties it all together and promotes musical interplay. (Hal Leonard) 

Robin Tolleson