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Drum Books by Alain Rieder

Time Manipulation

Time Manipulation Drum Book
  • Printed & ebook versions both available.
  • This drum book is both innovative and rooted in tradition.
  • It is designed to work on coordination in a groove context.
  • It makes it easy to approach essential rhythmic concepts – from the most basic to the most complex – in a realistic, progressive and systematic way.
  • Aimed at drummers of most levels, the book has an open structure that lets you develop your own ideas and creativity.

Time Manipulation was first published in 1992, gathering positive reviews from well-established drummers and reviewers. This is a new enhanced edition, first published in 2018. It is available in English & French, and soon in German as well.

Fun, inspiring, and educational Modern Drummer Magazine (USA), 2019

The material is sophisticated, precise, highly informative and very musical Drums & Percussion Magazine (D), 2019

In brief 
  • The book has a total of 140 pages.
  • There are sixty-eight 16-bar groove exercises that are the core elements of the book.
  • There are dozens of cymbal ostinatos (repetitive patterns) to apply to the exercises, and this represents thousands of possibilities for rhythmic combinations.
  • There are 147 examples to demonstrate all the rhythmic concepts.
  • There are 147 mp3 audio files to download, to allow you to hear all the examples.
Price in Euros on : 35 € + shipping
Audio Examples 
  • As mentioned before, there are 147 mp3 files to download, which demonstrate the examples in the book.
  • You will find the download link inside the book.
Listen to one of the examples.
Time Manipulation reviews published in the international trade press are unanimously positive!
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Published in Modern Drummer Magazine - USA - Mars 2019 :
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Time Manipulation Drum Book
printed version available worldwide
ebook version available from Hudson Music
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In the stores: USA, UK, Ireland, Canada & Australia.
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Use code LULU15 | Expires April 9
In the stores: Switzerland, Canada fr, Nederland, Spain, Italy.
(from Germany, connect to the Swiss store to get the discount)
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    I know this book, it is a masterpiece!
    A. C. (comment read on FaceBook)
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    I find that Alain's book "Time Manipulation" can help in many different areas such as reading, coordinated independence and phrasing. Used as a tool in a complete organized practice routine, I recommend it.
     Dave Weckl
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    It is a very well thought-out book. I really liked the examples of beats you used. It seems to give an immediate result without sounding technically overbearing. Great work!
     Joey Baron
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    Do not hesitate, that's great work, very well presented as much on the form as on the content, I highly recommend it.
    "Wren" - on French forum
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    Masterfully written by an author willing to share the message of contemporary groove playing, in the most direct way possible.
    Alain Gozzo, Batteur Magazine
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    Alain Rieder has carefully assembled and designed this collection of beats (with various accompanying ostinatos), and it's suitable for drummers of most every level. As an adjunct to a musical course of study, I can recommend it.
    Peter Erskine
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    When I immersed myself in the pages written by Alain Rieder, I quickly realized that the book was worthy of the greatest interest.
    Alain Gozzo, Batteur Magazine
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    A great book which you can use for a lifetime! I am happy that Alain published a new edition of the book, adding some new stuff to work on. The updated book is a must have for every drummer and will give you much fun and improvement!
    Stephan Koler, Italy

Time Initiation

Time Initiation Drum Book
Time Initiation is aimed at beginners, or at drummers who want to review the basics and go beyond their current level.
It is a clear and concise structure to learn basic coordination and groove in 4/4 and 12/8, basic breaks and fills and much more!
There is a full theory section at the end of the book.
It is bilingual (English & French).

NB : This book is reserved for my own students for the moment, so come study with me!
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