Recommended Resources

Hello Again. I've put together a list of resources (mostly books and DVD's) that I have found to be extremely helpful in my development and understanding of many different styles of drumming. Some of these are books that I have played through a few times and some are books that I've spent years working on. I use many of these as teaching tools, and I still practice with many of these books and watch the DVD's when I need a little inspiration. Again, I'm sure I've left out something, so if I missed your favorite resource, let me know and I'll be sure to include it. Also, I didn't really include performance videos, just instructional videos. Lastly, these resources are things that I have used and continue to use, so they don't cover all realms of drumming. For instance…I've never really played or had the desire to play double bass drum, so I didn't include any double bass books or videos. Most of these are resources that will get your chops and musicality together, and many of the authors are coming from a jazz background. Enjoy!


Recommended Resources
by
Wayne Salzmann II
 
Snare Drum/Jazz Drum Set Books
 
Rudiments – 40 Essential Rudiments – Chosen by PAS, available online
Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer – Charlie Wilcoxon
Stick Control – George Lawrence Stone
Syncopation – Ted Reed
Master Studies – Joe Morello
Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer – Jim Chapin
The Drummer’s Complete Vocabulary as Taught by Alan Dawson – John Ramsay
Mel Bay’s Studio/Jazz drum cookbook – John Pickering
The Art of Bop Drumming & Beyond Bop Drumming – John Riley
Musical Time – Ed Soph
The Art of Modern Jazz Drumming – Jack DeJohnette & Charlie Perry
Intro to Polyrhythms – Ari Hoenig
 
Big Band/Sight Reading Books
 
Studio and Big Band Drumming – Steve Houghton
The Jazz Drummer’s Reading Workbook – Tom Morgan
Groove Essentials – Tommy Igoe
 
Coordination/Groove Drumming Books
 
The New Breed – Gary Chester
Funk Drumming – Jim Payne
Advanced Funk Studies – Rick Latham
Bass Drum Control – Colin Bailey
Future Sounds – David Garibaldi
4 Way Coordination - Marvin Dahlgren and Elliot Fine
The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming – Daniel Glass & Zoro
The Commandments of R&B Drumming – Zoro
The Roots of Rock Drumming – Daniel Glass & Steve Smith
The Language of Drumming – Benny Greb
 
World Drumming Books
The Essence of Afro-Cuban Percussion and Drum Set – Ed Uribe
Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset – Frank Malabe & Bob Weiner
The New Method for Afro-Cuban Drumming – Jimmy Branley
Brazilian Rhythms for Drum Set – Duduka Da Fonsceca
The Essence of Brazilian Percussion and Drum Set – Ed Uribe
World Jazz Drumming – Mark Walker
DVDs
 
Technique
Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer – Jojo Mayer
Great hands for a lifetime – Tommy Igoe
 
Early Drumming
New Orleans Drumming – Herlin Riley, Johnny Vidacovich, Earl Palmer, Herman Ernest
A Traditional Approach to New Orleans Drumming – Stanton Moore
The Century Project – Daniel Glass
 
Swing/Straight ahead
The Master Drummer – John Riley
Everything I know, A Work in Progress – Peter Erskine
 
Brushes
The Essence of Brushes – Ed Thigpen
The Art of Playing with Brushes – Steve Smith, Adam Nussbaum, Charlie Persip, Billy Hart, Ben Riley, Joe Morello
 
Fusion
Sticking Time, Linear Time, Rhythm and Meter – Gary Chaffee
Methods & Mechanics – Todd Sucherman
Rhythmic Visions & Horizons – Gavin Harrison
The Big Picture – Keith Carlock
 
Groove/Rock
The Groove is Here – Steve Jordan
The Time Machine – John JR Robinson
Laying it Down: The Basics of Rock Drumming – Kenny Aronoff
The History of The US Beat – Steve Smith
 
 
World
Mastering the Art of Afro-Cuban Drumming – Ignacio Berroa
Drumset Artists of Cuba – Chuck Silverman
 
Online Resources
 
www.drummerworld.com
www.vicfirth.com
www.jazzdisco.org

 
 

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