Level 1 – Always have the big picture at your disposal
The Complete Workbook/Encyclopedia for the Modern Drummer
This will give you the perspective any good teacher has
It will also give you structure so you know exactly where you stand and what needs to be done to get to the next level
Perfect resource for drummers of all levels
Eight Interactive Parts
Level 1 is divided into 8 parts which are all linked so they can be used interchangeably.
No need to buy eight books. They’re all in here.
Roughly 12000 bars of grooves can be found in here. Better have too much than too little, right?
Bars of Grooves
Over 700 pages of fills in Level 1. That’s over 10000 bars of fills. Surely you’ll learn something, don’t you think?
Bars of Fills
These tips will show you what can be done with a little creativity. After practicing this a number of times it will become a part of your playing. From this point forward you will no longer be searching for more inspiration. Instead you’ll be searching for more time to explore.
You will be prepared. Sub 5 will prepare you. If you can take it, Exercises will show you exactly what needs to be done to get over the hurdle in order to reach your next goal. It’s there. You just need to use it.
All twenty four Categories Of Rhythmic Elements can be used in quintuplet playing as well as any other subdivision. So while you’re studying quintuplets you’ll be vastly improving your theoretic Skillz at the same time.
Twenty four System and Formulas categories specifically written for quintuplet playing. This will not only get you playing. It will also get you thinking, feeling, imagining, constructing and improvising in quintuplets.
Click a link in the Audio part of Level 1 and your browser wil open the corresponding page in YouTube.
You’ll have a choice of songs to play along to while practicing specific grooves and/or fills.
Click on a link in the MIDI part and the corresponding MIDI loop will open on our website.
You get to decide what tempo, which instruments, and which mix you want to play along to.
What the pros of the pros say
This is what the teachers of the best drummers of today have to say about Level 1
Why we use PDF
Here’s why PDF is our favorite format. In fact it’s why we write books.
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#1 Encyclopedia of Rhythm
#2 The links make it super efficient
#3 Study whenever you want
#4 Add structure to your studying
#5 Know where you’re going
#6 Unlimited possibilities
Why the index is shaped like a Matrix
The traditional index tells you where something is and then you flip through pages to find the desired page. PDF makes it possible to link to a specific page so you no longer have to scroll.
Then shouldn’t an index become more than 1-dimensional?
That’s why we came up with the matrix shaped index to make it 2-dimensional. Horizontally we have the chapters based on subdivisions (timefeels). Vertically we have the paragraphs based on different subjects. And everything is interactive so no more scrolling, just clicking.
This will save you lots of time. And perhaps even more importantly, it will give you much more perspective of where you are and precisely what needs to be done in orde to get to your next level.
Why 24 CORE categories
You don’t want to play the drums to be studying rhythmic theory and memorizing all sorts of systems and formulas. But the further this rthythmic journey takes you, the more convenience it brings to have a clear picture of this.
That’s why we came up with Parts C(ORE) and S. The CORE, short for Categories Of Rhythmic Elements and its corresponding Part S, short for Systems and Formulas, will have you gaining perspective before you know it.
By dividing them into 24 categories we can very systematically address any weak spots in our playing. In order to fix the problem, you first need to identify the problem. Level 1 wil do just that.
If you’re a beginner we recommend you don’t study out of Parts C&S too much too soon. Concentrate on Groove and Music first. Parts G(rooves), F(ills), T(ips) and E(xercises) are actually a Lite Version of parts C and S. So you will actually be studying your theory without consciously knowing it.
Why Level 1 is for every drummer
Level 1 sounds like it’s just for beginners. It’s in fact for drummers of all levels. Yes it’s the book (or combinations of many books) I would’ve loved as a young drummer. But it still helps me till this day to keep things in perspective.
And I don’t just mean the back to basics side. Every rhythmical idea, no matter how advanced, is based on this structure. So every rhythmic idea can be enhanced, diversified, and ultimately be improvised with, using the systems in Level 1.
These are some specifical Frequently Asked Questions about Level 1. If you have a question about something else please refer to our main FAQ section where all are bundled.
What is Level 1?
Level 1 is an encyclopedia of drum lessons, rhythmic theory and systems to implement this. Level 1 provides the user with a bird’s eye view only very advanced students of rhythm would normally have.
How should I study from Level 1?
1. Left to Right (Chapters/Time feels)
2. Top to bottom (Paragraphs/Subjects)
3. Front to back (Parts/Grooves, Fills, Tips etc.)
Should I play every exercise in Level 1?
Should I start using parts C and S right away?
Why are there so many holes in the index of part A?
Do I need to be able to read music?
I feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of Level 1. What should I do?
Or book private lessons here.
Should I play everything chronologically?
Can I try before I buy?
Why are there even more holes in the index of part M?