Thanks for writing. I am very happy to hear that
you are getting a good response to the material
from your book that is now running in Modern Drummer.
The first article ran in the April issue and there
are three more which will run in the May, June,
and July issue.
I knew you would get a good response, and I am
certain you'll hear from alot more drummers as
the articles continue to run. Alan was well-loved
by drummers the world over. Thanks for giving
us the opportunity to reprint your material in
Finally, feel free to use the name "Dawsonisms"
as the title for publication in Japan.
The book titled
"Illusions in Rhythm for Drum set" to
Metric Modulation releases on 9/28,
but can be preordered now!
"Illusions in Rhythm for Drum set"
Thanks for asking me the
educational book titled "Illusions in Rhythm
Drum set" in collaboration with Vinnie Colaiuta.
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It was in 1987 when I first
heard the word "Superimposed Metric Modulation."
Superimposed Metric Modulation
was a new drumming method introduced on a magazine
for American percussion industry by Vinnie Colaiuta,
who has been one of my best friends since both
of us were studying with Alan Dawson in the mid
Soon after that he came to Japan
and demonstrated this method using a sequencer...but
at that time most of the people couldn't understand
what he was doing. Briefly, Superimposed Metric
Modulation is a kind of "key change"
in rhythms. Modulation is quite common for melody
but it's not for drummers...maybe you can say
it's avand-garde. But in fact, this concept is
originally came from great Jazz innovators such
Jo Jones, Max Roach, and our hero Tony Williams.
Vinnie made this concept more
Rock-friendly to make it his own method. Today
more and more drummers such as Steve Smith, Virgil
Donati and Horacio"El Nego" Hernandez
are using this concept. That means the "key
change" in rhythms is no longer maniac technique
and is now becoming popular among drummers.
Vinnie and I first talked
about making an instruction book about this Superimposed
Metric Mudilation 4 years ago. And now (at last!)
here it is!!
this book I tried to pass on Alan's method, thoughts,
and words, explain basic data and new theory including
5, 7stroke, and Compound
Rudiments, which are based on older the 26 rudiments.
This book offers a new approach which arranges
the large number of rudiments into various categories.
time he threw a pair of sticks and listened to
the sound of them dropping….during a drum clinic,
Alan demonstrated by firmly stating,
"This is the sound of a flam." He would
go ahead and demonstrate and show how one should
practice them. According to Alan, people, who
do not think that they know rudiments, actually
know and use it subconsciously.
On the other hand, people, who think that they
are always playing with rudiment and are tired
of doing the same drum licks over and over again,
should learn and study variations.
I want to share the valuable advice, trade secrets,
and vast amount of information that Alan passed
on to me in the twenty years that I knew him.
Order ----As for the books "Alan
Dawson Drum Method Vol.1 & 2."
Thanks for asking me the Alan
Dawson Drum Method Vol.1 & 2.
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