Includes notated charts, video demonstrations and play-along recordings.

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What's included

  • Lateral choreography to build foundations for any pattern.
  • Groove patterns and variations for swing, ballad, jazz waltz, Latin and funk styles.
  • Phrase development including jazz melody interpretation, rudimental applications, and sticking cell patterns.
  • 15 play-along practice tracks in various styles and tempos.
  • 8 original compositions supplemented with fully notated interpretations, lead sheets and play-along recordings.

Video content

All material is complemented with multiple-angle video demonstrations.

'Rhythm Interpretation 1' sample

About the author

Anthony Stanislavski is a drummer, educator, and author from Melbourne, Australia. He prides himself on his ability to play many different styles of music and devotes himself to his craft by continuing to learn and develop as a musician. At the age of 18, Anthony joined the Australian Army Band as a percussionist and during his seven-year service he toured Australia and overseas, performing with Guy Sebastian and Marina Prior. He studied with some of Australia’s most prolific drum teachers including Simon Barker, Graham Morgan, Peter Blick, Dave Beck, and Ronny Ferella. He has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts.

As a performer, Anthony has performed at high-profile events including the ANZAC Day Clash at the MCG, the Australian Grand Prix, the Japan Self-Defence Forces Marching Festival, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Melbourne. He performs regularly in rock, jazz, Irish and country bands. As an educator, Anthony teaches drum kit, percussion, and music theory at Caulfield Grammar School and Luther College.

Anthony’s first publication Beginner’s Guide to Big Band Drumming was released in 2019. It is a valuable tool for any teacher or student of big band drumming, removing the mystery of drum notation and interpretation in big band music.

'Two Half Coconuts' sample

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About the book

Phrasing and Freedom with Brushes is like no other book available. Written by Melbourne drummer Anthony Stanislavski, the reader will gain a comprehensive set of skills that will free up their brush playing forever!

The book includes: swing, shuffle, jazz waltz, up tempo, ballad, bossa nova, salsa and funk pattern choreography. Single & double stroke roll, single stroke 4, paradiddle and numbered stroke roll applications. 6 note stickings and foot applications. 8 original compositions with lead sheets and fully notated interpretations. Drum-less backing tracks for all exercises and songs. Video performances of all material at multiple angles.

Never before has there been such a comprehensive resource available. This is a must for anyone wanting to take their brush playing to new heights!

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