Study Materials : Drumset

Recommended Study Materials for the Drum Set
Compiled by Drumset Faculty at the University of the Arts

TECHNIQUE

  • Stick Control Book by George Lawrence Stone
  • Gary Chaffee Books (vol. 1 thru 4) by Gary Chaffee
  • Accents and Rebounds by George Lawrence Stone
  • Three and Four-hand Stickings and Accents by Marc Dicciani
  • Master Studies Vol. 1 & 2 by Joe Morello
  • Podemski's Standard Snare Drum Method by Benjamin Podemski
  • Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
  • Rudimental Swing Solos by Charles Wilcoxin

STYLES

  • Jazz
    • The Art of Bop Drumming  by John Riley (w/CD)
    • Beyond Bop Drumming  by John Riley (w/CD)
    • I've Got You Under My Skins (big band) by Irv Cottler (w/CD)
    • The Drummer’s Complete Vocabulary by Alan Dawson
    • Inside the Big Band Drum Chart by Steve Fidyk
  • Funk and Groove:
    • Funk Drumming by Mike Clark
    • The Great James Brown Rhythm Sections by Allan Slutsky
    • Groove Alchemy by Stanton Moore
    • The New Breed by Gary Chester
    • Future Sounds by David Garibaldi (w/CD)
    • Jungle/Drum ‘N Bass by Johnny Raab (w/CD)
    • The Commandments of R&B Drumming by Zoro
  • Latin and World Drumming:
    • Brazilian Rhythms for the Drumset by Duduka DaFonseca (w/CD)
    • The Essence of Brazilian Percussion and Drumset by Ed Uribe (w/CD) Afro-Cuban Rhythms for the Drumset by Frank Malabe (w/CD)
    • The Essence of Afro-Cuban Percussion and Drumset by Ed Uribe (w/CD) West African Ryhthms for Drumset by Royal Hartigan (w/CD)
    • Essential Styles (book 1 and 2) by Steve Houghton (w/ play-along CD)

RHYTHM AND METRIC ISSUES

  • Patterns Vol.1 Rhythm and Meter by Gary Chaffee
  • Metric Illusions by Gavin Harrison

IMPROVISATION

  • Improvisation for the Drumset by Steve Houghton (w/CD)
  • The Jazz Drummers Workshop by John Riley
  • Drum Wisdom by Bob Moses
  • The Omni Book by Charlie Parker

READING

  • Buddy Rich Book by Buddy Rich
  • Syncopation Book by Ted Reed
  • Modern Reading Text in 4/4 by Louis Bellson

DRUM SET-UP and TUNING

  • Drum Tuning by Larry Nolly
  • Drum Tuning:  Sound and Design by Rob Wallis  and Paul Siegel
  • Drum Tuning: The Ultimate Guide by Scott Schroedl
  • The Cymbal Book by Hugo Pinksterboer
  • How to Set Up Your Drumset by Dave Black
  • The Working Drummer by Rick Van Horn

INDIVIDUAL PLAYING STYLES

  • The UnReel Drum Book: Vinnie Colaiuta by Marc Atkinson (w/CD)
  • The Steve Gadd Book by Hans Fagt
  • Steve Gadd by Krzysztof Filipski

PLAY-ALONG

  • Turn It Up and Lay It Down (CD vol. 1 thru 7)
  • Jazz and Contemporary Styles CD by Marc Dicciani
  • Muy Caliente-Afro Cuban Play Along  (w/CD)
  • The Big Phat Band for Drums by Gordon Goodwin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

  • Traps: The Drum  Wonder by Mel  Tormé
  • Drummin’ Men, The Heartbeat of Jazz: The Bebop Years by Burt Koral
  • Drummin’ Men, The Heartbeat of Jazz: The Swing Years by Burt Koral
  • The Wrecking Crew by Hal Blaine
  • BackBeat by Earl Palmer

MISCELLANEOUS BOOKS ABOUT DRUMMING

  • Drumming at the Edge of Magic by Mickey Hart
  • Planet Drum by Mickey Hart

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS/DVDS

  • Drum Tuning:  Sound and Design by Rob Wallis  and Paul Siegel
  • Tuning  the  Drums by Roy Burns
  • A Natural Evolution by Dave Weckl
  • Legends  of Jazz  Drumming, Part  1 (1920-1950) by Bruce Klauber
  • Legends  of Jazz  Drumming, Part  2 (1950-1970) by Bruce Klauber
  • Buddy Rich: Jazz Legend
  • Gene Krupa: Jazz Legend
  • Modern  Drummer Festival (any year)
  • Drumset Technique by Steve Smith
  • Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles
  • Buddy Rich and His Band: The Lost West Side Story Tapes
  • The Groove Is Here: Steve Jordan
  • Secret Weapons by JoJo Mayer
  • The Big Picture by Keith Carlock
  • Traditional Approach to New Orleans Drumming by Stanton Moore
  • Modern Approach to New Orleans Drumming by Stanton Moore
  • Groove Alchemy  by Stanton Moore
  • Soul of the Funky Drummers by Jabo Starks and Clyde Stubblefield
  • Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer by Jo Jo Mayer
  • The Art of Playing with Brushes by Adam Nussbaum and Steve Smith

MAGAZINE

  • Modern Drummer