Posts tagged drummer resources
Drum Book Recommendations

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


All Rounders


Advanced Concepts

Sight Reading

That's all for now. If you have any comments, questions or drum book recommendations let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

This post was last updated on 27/11/2018.

Drummer Matt Garstka and "displacement"

This guy is a beast! The ideas Matt shares in this short video could fill a lifetime of practice. Although what he's playing sounds pretty complicated, with a little bit of patience, it's something you can easily apply to your own playing.

To start, pick a simple groove (start really simple) and try shifting it either forwards or backwards by half a beat — like in the example below. It'll sound and feel strange to play at first, so it's a good idea to practice it to a click and to count as you play. Once you feel comfortable playing your new displaced groove, try alternating between it and the original version. 

As Matt demonstrates in the video, you can have a lot of fun with this idea!

"What are some cool drum beats I could learn?"

Every now and then I answer drumming and music related questions on the Q&A website Quora. I thought I'd share my most recent post here with you as it's a question I'm asked fairly regularly.

Q: What are some cool drum beats I could learn?

A: If you're after new ideas and systems for developing unique grooves I’d highly recommend Jost Nickel’s Groove Book. It’s one of the best groove books out there and I’m surprised so few have heard of it!

He breaks his ideas and concepts down very well and offers plenty of suggestions on developing his ideas further.

Another option would be Future Sounds by David Garibaldi. Full of cool grooves but less on the systems for developing your own.

I shared a few other book recommendations on my blog a few months back which you might find useful.

Read on Quora.

Attention Drummers!

I've been teaching drums for around ten years and playing for close to 17. Over that time I've written a lot of lessons for my students and my plan is to (eventually) share it all on the new Drummer Resources page of my website FOR FREE!

Each lesson will feature a PDF download and a brief explanation on how to practice and get the most out of the material. It's going to take me a while to upload everything so please bear with me!

If you have any requests send me an email.