Ginger Zyskowski has performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Rich Little, Jack Benny, the Mills Brothers, Milt Jackson, and played percussion for the National Touring Company of Jesus Christ Superstar - 25th anniversary tour. She also owns the Professional Drum School in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Drummers do it in All Directions
Sight-reading is important to all musicians, and a plan for including sight-reading in your practice time is essential. Often, sight-reading is overlooked in the practice studio because it can seem tedious and boring. Here is a system to make sight-reading more fun and that can be used by any musician.
This system is what I call ‘drummers do it in all directions!’ It works best with music measures lined up evenly on the page, such as beginning snare exercises or basic rhythm patterns. Some books that can be used along with this system are The New Breed by Gary Chester, Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by Ted Reed, and Understanding Rhythm by Michael Lauren.
To apply this system, read your music in the following directions: