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Chuck Silverman : drums
Chuck Silverman

Internationally known as a specialist in applying Afro-Caribbean rhythms to the drum set, Chuck Silverman has developed a style of learning and performing on the drum set which will help you to develop command and control of the instrument. Chuck has travelled all over the world teaching thousands of drummers not only about traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms like Songo, Mambo, and Samba, but also sharing his ideas about developing a more creative approach to learning the drum set by using these rhythms as a rhythmic foundation. If you find yourself practicing the same things every day and wishing for something new to spark your creativity, this may be the opportunity for you! Three of Chuck's books, Practical Applications 1, 2 and 3, have recently been named to Modern Drummer's (United States) all time best drum books. Chuck's educational video, also titled Practical Applications, outlines some of Chuck's teaching and playing methods. The video has been reviewed by music magazines internationally and is in demand all around the world. Chuck has written or been featured in many magazines worldwide including Talking Drums magazine, Modern Drummer, Slagwerkkrant (The Netherlands), Rhythm (UK), Batteur (France), Drums and Percussion (Germany), Sticks (Germany) and Percussioni (Italy). His ideas about the drum set, drums, and drumming are always expanding with the main focus always being how to have more fun playing drums. Recently, hand drums have been added to the Silverman Rhythm Workshops. The Workshops themselves have become more interactive, where the audiences find themselves a part of the performance. It's an exciting way to learn about drums and feel the power of rhythm!

Each of these songs are recorded with and without drum tracks. Some of these recordings are from the playalong tracks I personally use when I perform Workshops and Clinics, and teach. Others are from my series of books, Practical Applications. A good idea for you is to first listen to the songs with the drum tracks included. This will give you an idea as to the feel needed to successfully perform each song. Also you will get an idea about the form of the songs and the charts.

There is groove information either within each chart or on the pages preceding each chart. In either case these are basic grooves that will work with the music. It's your job to have the basic grooves feeling good before you attempt the charts. After you review tthe grooves and charts, you will be more relaxed and the performance will be more enjoyable.

Afro-Caribbean music is mainly about groove and feel. These charts will assist you in learning about these important ideas and then putting them to work for you. As a drummer, you are depended on for solid time, and to a great extent, a knowledge of styles to help give each style of music you play its inherent groove. Take your time learning the styles for each playalong. Investigate the books and videos available to you which cover Afor-Caribbean drumming and rhythm. It is to your advantage to do so.

Note... the charts mentioned here are available on Chuck's website