There are countless books on co-ordination, beat displacements and double bass chops out there, but we all need to walk before we can run. This 88-page book will give the diligent student an excellent start, as it is simultaneously a snare drum technique book, a theory book and a book of tests. The book begins with a warm-up chart and lesson chart (for assigning and signing off lessons) and an introduction where the importance of counting rhythms is stressed. Brown then progressively covers most aspects of reading (including note values, time signatures, dynamics and repeats), clearly explaining all concepts with examples.
The big difference with this book, however, is the inclusion of written tests and assignments for the student (with answers included), allowing both teacher – the book is probably best used with a teacher – and, perhaps more importantly, the student, to gauge progress. As the student progresses improvisation is introduced, along with rudiments including flams, paradiddles, measured rolls and buzz rolls, with several graduated snare duets included. If you are a non-reader wishing to develop reading, theory or rudiments, or a teacher looking for an excellently presented beginner’s snare or theory book, then look no further.