Posts tagged drums
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.

Here's what makes Jojo Mayer one of the best drummers in the world

Jojo Mayer is one of my favourite drummers and he's undoubtably one of the greatest drummers alive today.

This solo has a bit of everything. It's musical, technical, dynamic, surprising and built on a cohesive set of ideas. A great example of what makes an engaging drum solo.

What really stands out to me is his use of volume. He utilises a very broad range of dynamics. It's so easy to just play loud all the time, but that's pretty boring to listen to. And once you've reached full volume, that's it, you can't go any louder. Contrasting loud with quiet keeps things interesting, and holding off playing your loudest will mean you always have somewhere left to go.

One of the easiest ways to improve your drumming and soloing is to pay more attention to your dynamics. Jojo keeps you waiting, he teases, he explores the extremes. And that's what keeps you listening.

Drumlist Newsletter

I'm currently in the process of launching the Drumlist Newsletter. Each issue will contain all sorts of drumming goodies — PDF lessons, technical exercises and advice, exercises for improving creativity and vocabulary at the kit, and a load of other useful resources. All for free.

If you like the sound of this (did I mention it's free?) visit to sign up. The first edition goes out very soon!