I thought it was about time I updated my previous post on the best drum books. As I've got close to 50 drum books in my collection at the moment, I decided not to limit myself to my top five like before.
I've grouped the books loosely by theme, but most of the books could fit into multiple categories so I suggest you check out the link if a title catches your eye (I've linked to Amazon where possible as they include a book preview). If the book has a star (*) by the author's name it's because it's one of my favourites.
When buying a drum book, I recommend grabbing the paperback version. If you're anything like me, you'll want to annotate and mark your favourite exercises. This (for obvious reasons) is a lot easier with a physical book!
Here we go...
Stick Control / Bass Drum Control / Technique
- Stick Control - George Lawrence Stone*
- Sticking Patterns - Gary Chaffee*
- The Drummer's Rudimental Reference Book - John Wooton
- Technique Patterns - Gary Chaffee*
- Bass Drum Control - Colin Bailey*
- Master Studies - Joe Morello*
- Jost Nickel's Groove Book - Jost Nickel*
- A Funky Primer - Charles Dowd
- Linear Time Playing - Gary Chaffee*
- Linear Drumming - Mike Johnston
- Time Function Patterns - Gary Chaffee*
- Future Sounds - David Garibaldi*
- The Language Of Drumming - Benny Greb*
- Exploring Your Creativity On The Drumset - Mark Guiliana*
- Mastering The Tables Of Time - David Stanoch*
- The New Breed - Gary Chester*
- Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer - Ted Reed
- Art of Bop Drumming - John Riley*
- Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer - Jim Chapin
- Advanced Funk Studies - Rick Latham
- Afro-Cuban Rhythms For Drumset - Frank Malabe & Bob Weiner
- Indian Rhythms For Drumset - Pete Lockett
- Rhythm & Meter Patterns - Gary Chaffee
- Odd Time Sticking - Gary Chaffee*
- Extreme Interdependence - Marco Minnemann & Rick Gratton
- Rhythmic Illusions - Gavin Harrison
That's all for now. If you have any comments, questions or drum book recommendations let me know below or on Twitter.
This post was last updated on 19/2/2018.