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A Beat a Week

A Total Percussion Approach to Playing the Drumset
By Glenn Kotche

A Beat a Week, by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, contains 52 unique beats from his recorded catalog. Intended as a supplemental method, it explains the inspiration, origins, and evolution of these diverse beats with detailed text alongside each one. Taking the same concepts that embody Kotche's playing, it promotes a total percussion approach to drumset by exhibiting a wide variety of source material ranging from rock, jazz, classical, marching, world, and electronic percussion idioms. Each beat is broken down into step-by-step examples for deeper understanding and in-depth study. This book is perfect for drummers at all levels or anyone curious about the creative process.

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MORE WRITINGS BY GLENN

The Farthest Place in Music: The Music of John Luther Adams - 2012 - more info / purchase

The Drum & Percussion Cookbook - more info / purchase

Nonesuch Journal about Writing for Kronos  - November 2007

Do It Yourself Percussion: Modified Brushes, Superball Mallets, And Friction Sticks - Modern Drummer - March 2007 [download]

Do It Yourself Percussion: Maraca Rods - Modern Drummer - October 2006 [download]

Do It Yourself Percussion: The Mani Tom - Modern Drummer - July 2005 [download]

Do It Yourself Percussion: The Hi-Hat Shaker - Modern Drummer - October 2005 [download]

A Fresh Look at Reich's "Clapping Music" - Percussive Notes - October 2005 [download]

Do It Yourself Percussion: Drum Rattlers - Modern Drummer - March 2006 [download]



WRITINGS ABOUT GLENN

Drum Lesson: Wilco's Glenn Kotche on found sounds - LA Times - January 2012

Drummer to Drummer: R.E.M.'s Bill Rieflin / Glenn Kotche of Wilco - Modern Drummer - July 2010 [download]

Top 10 Tracks to Download - Rhythm - March 2009 [download]

Wilco drummer, classical collaboration rises above - Chicago Sun-Times - November 2008

Curiosity/Creativity - Drumhead Magazine - Spring 2008 [download]

Wilco's Glenn Kotche Painting the Sky Blue Sky - Modern Drummer - August 2007 [download]

The P.A. System Featuring Glenn Kotche - Spokane7 - February 2007

Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche finds a rhythm of his own on his new solo CD, "Mobile" - San Francisco Gate - February 2007

Wilco's Glenn Kotche helps percussion take the lead - Tucson Weekly - February 2007

UK stages intimidate Wilco drummer - The Lexington Herald - September 2006

Glenn Kotche Interview - Centerstage Chicago - August 2006

Glenn Kotche - Mobile (Review) - Urban Pollution - June 2006

Nobody Suspects the Cricket - Signal to Noise - July 2006 [download]

Glenn Kotche - Mobile (4 1/2 Stars) - Modern Drummer - July 2006 [download]

Interview: Glenn Kotche - Pitchfork Media - June 2006

Glenn Kotche-Mobile (Review) - Pitchfork Media - May 2006

Glenn Kotche: Mobile (4 Stars out of 5) - Orlando Sentinel - April 2006

Glenn Kotche, Mobile (Review) - The Guardian Unlimited - March 2006

Glenn Kotche-Mobile (Review) - MusicOMH.com - March 2006

PASIC Turns 30 - Modern Drummer - March 2006 [download]

WILCO drummer returns to toast UK percussion - The Lexington Herald [download]

Spiel Ohne Grenzen - Sticks (Germany) - April 2005 [download]

WILCO's Sonic Innovator - Modern Drummer - January 2005 [download]

The Man With The Drums - Blow Up (Italy)- February 2003 [download]