Review: Jost Nickel’s Groove Book

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Jost Nickel

Four years ago there were murmurings that Jost had ideas for a book, so we were happy to see this printed in English and previewed at NAMM 2015 (it was released in Jost’s native German last year). If you’re after a thorough book on groove, this is for you. It contains a CD with more than 200 MP3s of grooves and exercises, plus an insert of reading texts, as well as the 128 clearly notated and explained pages of the book itself. Jost includes ‘split’ and ‘switch’ orchestration ideas for you to expand on initial exercises, increasing the difficulty of co-ordination and developing ways for you to create your own groove ideas. Topics include groove design, orchestration, ghost notes, linear grooves, timing, bass drum technique and control, snare displacement, Go-Go grooves and more. There is a lot of material to work with here and it is presented in a way that makes you want to get stuck in straight away. We can see this being one of the books that drummers keep coming back to for years to come.

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