Nine French-American Rudimental Solos Vol. 1 - Tompkins

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This book is, in essence, a collection of stately marches. It came about after an exploration of the French rudiments contained in Guy Lefèvre Le Tambour “Technique Superieure". After spending some time working with that book, I thought why not combine French and American rudiments in one setting? The French use of syncopated accents within groupings and combinations of quintuplets counterbalances the solidity of the American rudiments nicely, providing an occasional unexpected trip in the beat. Many French rudiments have been used here in their entirety, although a few have been modified. I would highly recommend referring to Lefèvre's book for a complete tutorial on this wonderful drumming style.

By Joseph Tompkins, published by Bachovich Music.