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Essential Books:

Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone. The classic text on hand development.

The Percussive Arts Society's International Drum Rudiments. Every drummer should have these down.

Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer by the great Jim Chapin. The first and best book on Jazz independence.

Rhythm Knowledge Volumes One and Two by Michael Mangini. I cannot say enough about Mike's contribution to drumming. These books are landmarks.


These videos are essential as well:

Speed, Power, Control, Endurance by Jim Chapin. In this video Mr. Chapin shows the hand method he learned from his teacher, the great Sanford Moeller. I believe this is the best hand method for most playing. It's out of print as far as I know, but well worth scouring ebay for.

Melodic Drumming and the Ostinato by the great Terry Bozzio. Terry is revolutionizing drumming with his solo work. He's already miles past where he was when these videos were recorded. His contribution is a gift to the rest of us.


Highly Recommended:

West African Rhythms for Drumset by Royal Hartigan, Abraham Adzenyah and Freeman Donkor. Any serious drumset player should explore African rhythm; it is the root of the art form. This book is an excellent way to get started.

Timbafunk and Tiempo by David Garibaldi, Michael Spiro and Jesus Diaz. Besides African drumming, drumset players should study the Latin rhythms that evolved from it. These books are awesome, and each has two play-along CDs.

Practical Applications Using Afro-Caribbean Rhythms by Chuck Silverman. These are probably the best books with which to begin the study of authentic Latin rhythms applied to the drumset. There are three volumes as well as a video.

The All-American Drummer and Modern Rudimental Swing by Charles Wilcoxon. These are wonderful for learning to use the rudiments musically.

Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by Ted Reed. The classic book on reading that has been interpreted hundreds of ways for drumset.

The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary as Taught by Alan Dawson by John Ramsay. Learn Dawson's "Rudimental Ritual" from this book and you'll have a great hand workout for life. Plus, there are 40 different drumset applications of the Ted Reed book.

Rhythmic Illusions and Rhythmic Perspectives by Gavin Harrison. These are wonderful for learning to play with polyrhythms. You'll be hearing lots of this type of drumming on my next record, courtesy of Harrison and Mangini.

Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons are Gavin Harrison's DVDs that demonstrate and further develop the concepts from his books.

Extreme Interdependence by Marco Minnemann. This book is full of great independence exercises. A lot of very advanced concepts. Way cool.