This low-budget publishing effort manages to give a solid introduction to MIDI drumming. It covers nothing too advanced, especially given the expansion of MIDI options since 1987, but if you're a beginner, it's a fine place to start. From drum machine programming to triggering from an acoustic drum set or electronic drum pads, both the theoretical and the practical are touched upon. I particularly liked the section on the history of electronic drums, and also Crigger's ideas on the use of accents in programming drum machines. The chances of finding this book in your local Barnes and Noble are low - check used book stores and the library if you're interested. 54 pp., b&w w/illustrations (Alexander Publishing, 1987)

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