Chik a Boom
by Jack Van der Wyk
is part of the series of drum-set instruction books by Jack Van der Wyk
incorporating the drummer's language, ChoomBoonk, an original phonetic
notation system inspired by the oral tabla teaching traditions of India.
Because the drummer quickly learns to translate printed syllables into
physical movements, it can be regarded as a breakthrough for learning
complex rhythms requiring the use of all four limbs. A single line
of printed ChoomBoonk syllables, strung together as in a line of bouncy
nonsense poetry, gives the same information as four lines of conventional
includes both feet and both hands, all working together to produce
coordinated rhythms. The emphasis of ChikaBoom is on the use of the
left foot in playing the hi-hat or second bass drum in conjunction with
the other three limbs. Since the left-foot notations may be used to
signal the use of either a hi-hat pedal or a second bass drum, it is
suggested that the reader try it both ways, if two bass drums are
Open and closed
notes for the hi-hat are specifically indicated, allowing for systematic
study to help achieve mastery of that remarkable instrument.
exercises in ChikaBoom are accompanied by simultaneous translations
into conventional music notes.
Notation is Easy to Learn!
It is not necessary to memorize all of the syllables at once.
This book will teach them to you one or two at a time.