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Group One Book one gives an overview of keyboard and percussion instruments after this is done there is a second advanced book Both of these sets move at a fairly decent pace in an effort to teach these instruments The speed at which they move is the reason everything is explained in depth and great detail They show all the stickings in the first book which would be beneficial for a beginner also the names of the notes are included Also there are theory and history asides throughout the books However showing all the stickings could make the student dependent on them which would be a weakness These are designed for a band teacher who may not have an emphasis in percussion The pictures are very accurate and these books provide a good variety of information Group Four These books introduce snare and keyboard instruments They accomplish this fairly well Alfreds Drum Method accomplishes it very well Strong points are how detailed these books are they make sure the student understands every method and playing style before moving on to any new material Also Alfreds contains rudimental studies and bass drum and cymbal studies also A weakness could be that they are older books and therefore the pictures werent totally accurate with the keyboard These are also designed for a band director giving lessons who does not have a percussion emphasis They provide a very wide variety of information better then group one Group Two These are fundamental books and advanced studies designed for mallet snare and timpani They accomplish the basics and also advanced material teaching very well by far the best group of method books in my opinion Timpani is included in this group which is a definate
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