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The Artistic World of Michael Bettine
10 Solos for Multiple Percussion: Volume 1 By Michael Bettine
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The idea for this book came out of my private teaching and wanting to expand the scope of my students beyond the typical drum set material. These solos are written for single & multiple... More > drums/toms/cymbals, but are also adaptable for playing on a standard 5-piece drum set. The idea here being able to bridge the gap between playing drum set, and playing multiple percussion. The main thing to note, except for one solo, there are no parts for the feet. Also note the various techniques used in different solos. The idea of this book is to stretch your ideas & imagination a bit. While some of the rhythmic concepts seem familiar to playing drum set, they have there differences. Be open, and don’t let your preconceptions get in the way of what is written on the page.< Less
10 Duets for Drum Set: Volume 2 By Michael Bettine
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This is the 2nd volume in a series of collected drum set duets. I needed some interesting material for my students to play and have composed some 30+ duets (so far). I also wanted to have them play... More > something more than exercises, so I started writing duets we could play together. Duets offer an added dimension to playing solos. With a duet, you have to listen to the other player and match your performance with theirs. There is a sense of team work you don’t find in playing a solo. But another aspect of some of the duets I’ve written is that the 2 parts are sometimes very different from each other, so you have to play together, but there isn’t the usual common ground. Things can be like 2 different solos being played at once. The challenge here is to play your part and match with the other player, while not really listening to what they are playing.< Less
10 Duets for Drum Set: Volume 1 By Michael Bettine
eBook (PDF): $9.99
This is the 1st in a series of books of duets that I use with my students. Duets offer an added dimension to playing solos. With a duet, you have to listen to the other player and match your... More > performance with theirs. There is a sense of team work you don’t find in playing a solo. But another aspect of some of the duets I’ve written is that the 2 parts are sometimes very different from each other, so you have to play together, but there isn’t the usual common ground. Things can be like 2 different solos being played at once. The challenge here is to play your part and match with the other player, while not really listening to what they are playing.< Less
10 Solos for Drumset: Volume 1 By Michael Bettine
eBook (PDF): $9.99
Revised and updated for 2013 with new solos. This is a book of 10 intermediate to advanced drum solos for drum set. What is different about them is they are not your typical “play a drum beat,... More > then play a fill” type of solos that are so prevalent today. Each solo looks at a different aspect of percussion playing, and in doing so, the performer needs to master certain skills and coordination to play them. While a few of them are groove oriented, most of them are more open and abstract, often taking an idea and playing it across different aspects, such as: varying meters, splitting the hands into 2 separate lines, rudimental permutations, exploring dynamics, exploring time & space, texture, etc. If you are looking for something that is both challenging and enjoyable to play, then this book is for you.< Less
10 Beginning Solos for Drum Set By Michael Bettine
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This is a book of 10 beginning drum set solos that are designed to give the beginning drummer experience in playing to a song form. The first 8 solos are written like a typical drum chart you might... More > find in a band. The last 2 are written as melodic solos incorporating the whole drum set. They even have hummable melodies!< Less
10 Solos for Drum Set: Volume 2 By Michael Bettine
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This is a book of 10 more intermediate to advanced solos for drum set that I use in my teaching. Each solo looks at a different aspect of drumming, and in doing so, the performer needs to master... More > certain skills and coordination to play them. While a few of them are groove oriented, the rest of them are more open and abstract, often taking an idea and playing it across different rhythmic aspects. If you are looking for something that is both challenging and enjoyable to play, then this book is for you.< Less
Works For Percussion By Michael Bettine
eBook (PDF): $7.99
Works for Percussion is a series of 8 solos for multiple percussion (4 concert toms, roto-toms, timpani, or even wood blocks, cowbells, muted Gongs). These are also adaptable to be played on a... More > 5-piece drum set using the snare and 3 toms. Each solo addresses a particular technical issue, so in essence, they are also lessons.< Less
Aspects of Light By Michael Bettine
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These poems were written in a flurry of energy in 1999 as part of a song cycle. They were recently rediscovered in a long forgotten file. They were originally made available in a very limited edition... More > handmade chapbook. I am pleased to present them here in digital form. ~ MB< Less
Songs of Praise and Confession By Michael Bettine
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Written over a two day session in 1999, during an extended and intense cycle of writing, these poems explore our relationship with both ourselves and the Universe.The original edition was released as... More > a very limited handmade chapbook given to close friends. In rediscovering the files, these words are as appropriate today as then. Enjoy. ~ MB< Less
The Thinking Drummer: Energy & Motion By Michael Bettine
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The Thinking Drummer: Energy & Motion, is a 62-page book that looks at the energy of what we play in rock style drumming. While there are many great drum books out there, they tend to present... More > exercises with little explanation behind those exercises. This book investigates how we, as drummers, move energy through time and space. The book is meant to get drummers thinking about what they play and presents various concepts to creatively expand your ideas & abilities. While the book starts out very basic, it takes a completely different perspective on those basic ideas and progresses through more advanced concepts. The ideas presented are designed to be applied to what you are already playing. Besides looking at Energy & Motion, there are exercises for control, and alternative ideas that are designed to open up your creativity. The book is recommended for intermediate to advanced drummers.< Less