About the Author

Rich Carlson is an accomplished, self-taught musician who's been playing drums and performing for over 35 years, with a trademark power drum technique influenced by John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge and Denny Carmassi, among others.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rich currently resides in Denver, Colorado, teaching drum lessons to a variety of students since 1993. His approach remains simple, effective and straightforward, with a primary objective for all of his students - to have fun while developing and improving their drum skills.

Rich is a proud endorser of Pearls Drums and Sabian Cymbals.

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"Hello fellow drummers! Let me introduce you to Richie Carlson, who has been a dear friend of mine for over 35 years.

I met Richie, who was 15 at the time, playing in the “Battle of the Bands” when I was 17. I remember watching him thinking, “WOW! This kid is amazing - and he’s only 15!” Great time, great feel, great style, and just a great player. It was clear to me he was going to make a name for himself and that he stood out from among the rest.

Over the years in my travels with Tesla, Richie and I would get together and catch up on life -- and drums, of course. He mentioned that he was writing a book and asked me if I could review it and write the foreword. Of course, I said I would be honored.

Richie sent me a copy of the work in progress and recently I had the privilege of sitting down with him to go through the book together. What I found is a well-developed book on 4-way independence. I was pretty humbled that what seemed so simple and basic at first was, after digging in a bit, quite the opposite. This is a book that will take a lot of time to get through. Patience with progress is the motto here. Once you get into the flow of the book it continues in a natural progression, building muscle memory to independence and creativity.

Even with all the great books, DVDs, YouTube videos, and internet lessons we drummers seem to never get enough. This is truly a book that offers building blocks for greater independence and is a great addition to any drum education library.

Please remember: one exercise at a time, one page at a time, and one day at a time; this is a life-long journey that keeps getting better.

Hope you enjoy the book and Happy Drum “N” :)"

Troy Luccketta