Adrian Bending, timpanist extraordinaire and author of the book Bending Bach’s Basslines says of his book:
It is a collection of Bach chorales with their basslines specially adapted to be played on timpani. You can play along to the accompanying CD of professional recordings.
The book contains 28 Bach chorales, the timpani parts from Bohemian Rhapsody (from We Will Rock You) and No Change by the fantastic jazz percussion ensemble All Bluff and Porterage, and some chapters on general timpani playing.
For each chorale I have written three or four different versions of increasing difficulty, ranging from a few downbeats and cadences to playing the full bassline throughout. An easy example has just a few pedal changes. Although the notation shows you how to play the chorales on four timpani, most of them are easily playable on two or three drums and you certainly only need 2 pedal drums for the vast majority of chorales. The last example of each chorale closely replicates the full Bach bassline. From you student to professional, this book with 70-minute CD included provides a huge and ongoing resource for any aspiring timpanist.
The book contains 28 Bach chorales, the timpani parts from Bohemian Rhapsody (from We Will Rock You) and No Change by All Bluff and Porterage, and some chapters on general timpani playing.