"Patterns" is one of the most comprehensive drum methods available. Covering a wide range of materials, the books can be used in any order, or in any combination with one another. They are a must for developing the kinds of skills necessary for drumset performance.
"Rhythm and Meter Patterns" introduces the student to a wide range of rhythmic and metric possibilities, including odd rhythms, mixed meters, polyrhythms, and metric modulation.
In "Sticking Patterns", Gary's unique approach to the use of stickings on the set is explored. Completely different from the rudiments, Gary's system is designed specifically f or drumset performance, both for creating time feels as well as for filling and soloing. Also included are sections on accented single stokes, as well as the use of double strokes on the set.
In "Technique Patterns", the student is challenged with a variety of routines designed to increase technical facility in the hands and feet. Included are exercises on finger control, endurance, multiple-note playing, hand-foot combinations, and more.
"Time-Functioning Patterns" includes materials dealing with rock cymbal ostinatos, jazz independence, and the new linear phrasing concept that Gary developed.