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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

Grooves

All Rounders

Styles

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.

Five Things #52

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. You can now explore the world from the comfort of your home. The new Google Earth is really amazing. Check out the "I'm Feeling Lucky" feature if you don't know where to explore first.
     
  2. An interesting long read on What Makes a Genius?
     
  3. Emoji as gargoyles... "In classical architecture they used heads of the king or whatever, and they put that on the façade . . . So we were thinking, what can we use as an ornament so when you look at this building in 10 or 20 years you can say ‘hey this is from that year!’"
     
  4. An animated primer on How to Meditate. If you haven't tried meditating, I'd encourage you to give it a try. It's probably easier to get started than you think it is.
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is The Köln Concert by the pianist Keith Jarrett. The improvised performance was recorded live at the Opera House in Cologne in 1975. It's worth reading the story behind the concert. At first Jarrett had refused to play due to a mix up with the piano he was supposed to play. 

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Five Things #51

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. A vending machine unlike any other — Japanese origami vending machine makes news around the country
     
  2. Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories and a related article on the shapes of stories as identified by a computer.
     
  3. Eerie is definitely the correct choice of word to describe this. (Great choice of music for the soundtrack)  — The eerie otherworldliness of slow undersea life sped up to a human pace
     
  4. Guilty of using terrible passwords? Have a read of this. A good primer on Two-Factor Authentication from Teen Vogue of all places! 
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is Gimme Sympathy by Metric. I'm surprised more people haven't heard of them. If you like this song, it's well worth exploring their back catalogue. They have a lot of good tunes!

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Five Things #50

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. A two-part conversation between Adam Buxton and Brian Eno. I'm a big fan of Adam Buxton's podcast and was delighted to hear him interview one of my heroes!
     
  2. If you are trying to learn anything, read this.
     
  3. For April Fools Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave its users a blank canvas and the option to place a coloured pixel anywhere on it every few minutes. The result of the experiment is pretty cool...
     
  4. A fascinating three-part series from Vox on the techniques and technology the BBC uses to make the Planet Earth series look so good. — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is Pyrrhic by Julianna Barwick. The song comes from her excellent album Nepenthe.

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