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The Art of Comping for Jazz Drums

Odd Time Drum Groove Mastery

The Complete Guide to Making Any Odd Time Signature Easy to Play on Drums.

Includes over 160 audio tracks

Master the Art of Odd Time Drumming – The Easy Way!
  • Struggling to play drum grooves in odd time signatures like 5/4, 7/8 or 9/8?

  • Ready to expand your drumming beyond 4/4 and explore more sophisticated rhythmic structures?

  • Want to incorporate polyrhythmic fills and complex rhythms into your drumming repertoire?


Odd Time Drum Groove Mastery is a revolutionary drumming guide that will transform your approach to odd time signatures!

This comprehensive and dynamic course is your ticket to mastering the complex rhythms of 5/4, 7/4, 9/8 and beyond.

With Buster Birch’s expert guidance, you'll dive deep into the world of odd time grooves, claves, and intricate polyrhythmic fills.

Learn these odd time drumming skills
  • Mastery of Odd Time Signatures: this book provides comprehensive knowledge and teaches the skills to confidently play and understand various odd time signatures like 5/4, 7/4, 9/8, 11/8 and 13/8

  • Development of Rhythmic Feel and Timing: you will develop a deeper sense of timing and rhythm, essential for playing complex grooves and patterns in odd time

  • Enhanced Drumming Vocabulary: significantly expand your drumming vocabulary with a variety of grooves, fills and patterns in odd time signatures

  • Improved Musicality and Creativity: by mastering odd time signatures, you will enhance your musicality, allowing for more creative and dynamic playing in any musical situation

  • Practical Application and Performance Skills: through over 130 exercises and audio tracks you will gain practical experience, improve your ability to perform complex rhythms, and integrate them into your playing musically

Not Just Odd Time Grooves, Master Drum Fills Too!

You’ll also learn to quickly create and integrate fills that flow naturally within these unconventional rhythmic structures – fills that complement any odd time groove and enhance your rhythmical integrity while adding dynamic flair to your playing.

This comprehensive approach ensures that you musically embed every fill into the fabric of complex time signatures and elevate your drumming to a higher level of creativity.

Get The Audio

Every single one of the 134 clearly notated examples in Odd Time Drum Groove Mastery is accompanied by a live audio example that you can download for free, plus we’ve included 34 backing tracks so you can jam along to your heart’s content!

Odd Time Drum Groove Mastery offers you a transformational journey that will challenge and inspire you. You'll learn to navigate through intricate rhythmic landscapes with ease, bringing a new level of creativity and sophistication to your drumming.

This is your chance to step into a new world of drumming excellence. Don't just keep time, bend it, shape it, and own it with Odd Time Drum Groove Mastery.


But Don't Just Take Our Word For It!


"Another great drum book by Buster Birch! Odd time signatures can be a daunting and complicated subject for any musician. This book will solve many problems, unlock the mysteries of odd time signatures and explain it step-by-step in a clear and fun way. Go ahead, delve into it and I am sure that you will discover many musical delights in this fantastic book."

Sebastiaan de Krom - (Herbie Hancock, Gene Harris, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Barry Harris, Dave Holland, Joe Lock, Ron Carter), Principal Lecturer at Leeds Conservatoire, drum teacher at Purcell School for Young Musicians and musical director of the NYJO Academy Big Band.

"Another excellent educational resource by Buster! As always there is a lot of material to work with, accompanied by easy to understand written information. Any player, intermediate to advanced, who wishes to delve into the world of ‘odd time’ will benefit greatly from this publication."

Dave Hassell - Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, Visiting Fellow at Salford University, UK recording session legend. 

"He's done it again! Buster Birch has produced yet another user-friendly, comprehensive Drummers' guide. This time, concerning all things 'odd-time'. This book is packed with useful information. There is meticulous attention to detail throughout, and every written exercise is accompanied by an audio example, for clarity. Highly recommended!"

Winston Clifford - (Benny Golson, John Abercrombie, Biréli Lagrène, Joe Lovano, Eddie Henderson, Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph, Ronnie Scott)

"A very well thought out and methodical system to get you comfortable playing odd times without them feeling or sounding odd!”

Paul Mason - Natalie Imbruglia & Independent Session Artist. 

"Great book! Buster brings a refreshing approach to the subject, delivered in a clear and concise format. Leaving the student with a solid foundation on which to build their own arsenal of odd time grooves, rather than limiting them to set of “learned” grooves." 

Chris Burgess - Only Fools and Horses (West End), Jersey Boys (West End), Fame (West End), Dancing in the Streets (West End), Back To Bacharach (UK Tour), Forever in Blue Jeans (UK Tour), Voice of the Heart Karen Carpenter (UK Tour) and Sweet Caroline (UK Tour). 

"Odd Time Drum Groove Mastery is a game changing book. Odd time can seem daunting and complex to many musicians, but the easy to use method laid out in this book strips away the fear and mystery enabling the player to groove in any time signature. The accompanying audio helps you listen to the bigger musical picture and how each drum groove locks into place with the other instruments. I will be recommending the book to my drum students and teacher friends alike." 

Mez Clough - Van Morrison, Madness, Tom Jones, Willie Nelson, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Leona Lewis, Pete Doherty & Carl Barat (The Libertines), Jools Holland, Imelda May, Joss Stone, Georgie Fame, Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer, Chrissie Hynde, Chris Farlowe.

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