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I've been playing drums for about 5 years now with a musical background much longer than that. I have over 30 educational materials (books, dvds) on the subject. I would never call myself an expert, but I'm definitely a drumming dork. My final message concerning this product is that there are better resources out there. I would not recommend anyone spend money on this. There's really just not much to it.
A friend and fellow drummer had lent me this book. The introduction is somewhat entertaining, but the meat of the book seems to be lacking anything that I would call useful. This book may be just what the doctor ordered for a struggling novice drummer, but even then, I would recommend a handful of other resources before this book. A lot of the information (in particular, the KIND/TYPE of information, e.g. advice on practicing, tuning, etc.) in this book is included in other, larger works as foot-notes or asides. For instance, one could find maybe 5-times the amount of advice given in this book in Jojo Mayer's dvd, "Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer" in the miscellaneous section at the end of the dvd. Gavin Harrison's works include much of the same kind of information. (Even those works should be looked at as very-experienced drummers' individual takes on specific areas.)
One should realize that this is one drummer's take on the craft. Yes, it is from the perspective of a very successful drummer, but I've witnessed a lot of "opposite" ways of thinking from equally-successful drummers. Drumming is probably the most "to-each-his-own" instrument out there. For instance, there's not too many ways to play a trumpet, and anything that's debated in trumpet-playing is probably on the level of nit-picking. With drumming, however, not only are there different ways to hold the stick and different ways to tune and arrange the sub-instruments, there are different takes on just about anything regarding approach, implementing rudiments, listening, etc.
The titular idea itself: "how not to play drums" isn't really addressed much beyond the first few pages. After that, Mr. Persip gives advice on how to approach the drums. The ideas he presents are macro to the point of not being helpful (in my opinion). Beyond that, there are a lot of things he ~sorta~ advises against (rudimental playing, playing on a practice pad to name a couple) that I've found 1) endorsed by great drummers and 2) have improved my drumming quite a bit over the years. This goes back to the "to-each-his-own" idea. His advice is very personalized, and that's fine if the reader realizes that. I have to caution that some of these scenarios might be [Charli never tried this, and he was successful without it, therefore it's not necessary] rather than [Charli tried these 4 things, and found this one to be better for him, and here's why]. For instance, he downplays work on a practice pad, but I can't say for certain whether his take on it is based off of experience or armchair drum philosophy. The stuff that I would consider GOOD in this book is so short, macro, and covered elsewhere in the educational material realm that I don't think of this book as value-added or necessitating a spot on any musician's bookshelf. Sorry, I just don't.
What I do recommend (topics where I feel this book wanted to cover but fell short):
Anything by Tommy Igoe. Period. Especially Great Hands For A Lifetime. Getting Started on Drums is also very good.
General playing advice:
Youtube... Gavin Harrison...
Gary Chester's "New Breed"; Gary Chaffee's "Time Functioning Patterns".
Jojo Mayer's DVD is expensive, and I don't hold it as gospel, but it more than makes up for it in the quantity and quality of information. Ask for it for Christmas.
The Art of Bop Drumming (book) and The Master Drummer (dvd), both by John Riley. Also the "Complete Drummer's Vocabulary" by Alan Dawson, and (via association) "Syncopation."
Here's some nit-picking stuff:
The comment about this being "not for drummer only." I'm going to say that's outright incorrect. There's maybe 3% of this book that could be applied usefully to another instrument, so why bother?
There's a section in it where he talks about being physically and mentally healthy. In that section he throws in a bit about how studying astrology (yes, like horoscopes) is a good way to become more aware of other people's emotions. I found that... weird...
If he had this edited or proof-read, then that person did a crap job. This book is full of run-on sentences and comma splices. I know I'm not the picture-perfect writer, and grammar doesn't have much to do with drumming; however, I would hope that the package is well-thought-out enough to where details are managed a little better.