This post has been inspired by the book ‘How to teach drums’ by Claire Brock, a book that I would recommend to new and established drum teachers.

After purchasing and reading this book I started thinking about how I could work with other drum teachers to provide a catalogue of potential resources to support drummers teaching and learning experiences.

The first part of this series of posts is teaching books; I have compiled a list of recommended books that teachers should consider making use of when teaching students with different abilities and learning needs.

This list of books has been compiled by me using the books that I use as well as those suggested by other drum teachers in response to a question on the ‘BSTDUK(2)’ forum page on Facebook and I would like to thank the following drum teachers for their contributions to this list:

Tim Sharp; Joel Waters; Colin Woolway; Calum Macleod; Julian Ecymbals; Jack Wright; James Sharp; Pip Harbon.

I hope you find this list useful and if you think there are any books that are not mentioned in this list that should be please post a reply with the books Title and Author, as well as your name.


Hand / Foot Technique Development

Stick Control – George Lawrence Stone
The Weaker Side – Dom Famularo & Stephane Chamberland
Advanced Techniques For The Modern Drummer – Jim Chapin
Progressive Steps To Syncopation – Ted Reed
Buddy Rich’s Modern Interpretation Of Drum Rudiments – Buddy Rich & Henry Adler
Buddy Rich snare drum method – Buddy Rich
Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer – Jim Blackley
Natural Hand Development For Drummers- Roy Burns
Wrist And Finger Control For The Advanced Drummer – Charley Wilcoxon
The Moeller Book – Sanford A. Moeller


Drum Kit Tutor Books

Music Reading for Drummers – Dave Hazlewood
Practical Percussion – Kevin Edwards
Drumsense Volumes 1 & 2 – Colin Woolway
Drumset For Beginners – Paul Hose & Jim Farey
Eighth Note Rock And Beyond – Glenn Ceglia & Dom Famularo
Rudimental Rock Rhythms – Ronnie Bottomley
The Art Of The Drummer- John Savage
Rhythmic Patterns For The Modern Drummer – Joe Cusatis
Essential Styles – Steve Houghton & Tom Warrington
It’s Your Move – Dom Famularo & Joe Bergamini
Groove Essentials: The Play Along – Tommy Igoe
Groove Facility – Rob Hirons & Dom Famularo
Afro Carribean Drum Grooves – Chuck Silverman
Latin Grooves – Dave Hassell
Double Bass Drumming: The Mirrored Groove System – Jeff Bowders
The New Breed – Gary Chester
4-Way Co-Ordination – Marvin Dahlgren & Elliot Fine
Mastering the Tables of Time – David Stanoch
Latin Grooves – Dave Hassell
Graded Course for Drum Kit (Books 1 & 2) – Dave Hassell
Groove Alchemy – Stanton Moore
100 Famous Funk Beats – Jim Payne
The Breakbeat Bible – Mike Adamo
The Art of Bop Drumming – John Riley
The Drum Perspective – Peter Erskine
Advanced Concepts & Techniques for simple jazz & rock independence – Peter Erskine
Ultimate Playalong Level 1,Vols. 1 & 2 – Dave Weckl
Essential Styles Books 1 & 2 – Steve Houghton
The Drumset Soloist – Steve Houghton
Realistic Rock for Kids – Carmine Appice
Reading, Rudiments & Rock Drumming – Joel Rothman
Mini-Monster Book of Rock Drumming – Joel Rothman
Rock Breaks Around the Drums – Joel Rothman
Rudiments Around the Drums – Joel Rothman
Basic Drumming Made Easy- Joel Rothman
Evolution of Jazz Drumming – Danny Gottlieb
Riddim: Claves of African Origin – Billy Martin
West African Rhythms for Drumset – Royal Hartigan
Rockschool Drums – Rockschool
Rockschool Hot Rock Drums – Rockschool
Trinty Guildhall Exam books – Trinty Guildhall
Trinty Rock and Pop Exam books -Trinity College
Contemporary Drum Fills – John Savage
Brushworks – Clayton Cameron
Brush Artistry – Philly Joe Jones
Future Sounds – David Garibaldi
Jazz Standards for Drumset – Brian Fullen
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Play Along Series Drums – Gordon Goodwin, Bernie Dresel
The Level System – Jeff W. Johnson
Double Trouble – Pete Riley


The day has finally arrived for the StickittoMS world record attempt to get the most drummers playing together for 5 minutes.

I dragged myself out of bed, loaded up and headed out. First stop was in Queensbury to collect a student who was also taking part, followed by a short stop for something to eat at a well known chain and then it was a quick drive down the M62 to Eventcity in Manchester.

When we arrived we were greeted by a wall of sound and there were only 200 of the 842 drummers in, time for earplugs!


Should be 400 drummers here now and the room is starting to fill up. Everyone’s been told not to play, which is a good time to rest the era from the earplugs and take a look at the kits.


We’ve just practiced the 4 bar phrase we have to play for the world record. OMG because of sound lag from the other side of the room it sounds like you are our of sync when you are playing correctly. thankfully there is a click with green and red lights to follow.

New Mantra to remember: keep on watching, keep on watching, keep on watching.


3 hours have passed with a mix of practicing the required performance for the world record, playing along to the house band and being entertained by Steve White, Andy Treacy and Russell Gilbrook.


After some more practicing the time finally came for the World record attempt. Two runs through the 5 minute performance of the 4 bar phrase needed. The first with a metronome, the second with Steve White setting the pulse.

Both runs were brilliant and it was announced that we had set a new world record.

All that was left was to pack up and head for home.

What a great day.

I think it’s important to add that many of the skills and techniques I use in my playing and teaching have been learnt from books and listening to / watching other drummers.
However, it would not have been possible for me to do this if I hadn’t had lessons from some excellent percussion and drum kit teachers who have all contributed to my style and technique which I constantly evolving.


You’ve got your drum kit and you’ve just realised that playing the drums is not as easy as it looks; so what do you do?
You can either find a drum teacher or have a go at teaching yourself, so which option should you choose?

Why choose The DIY method?

If you search on the Internet you will find a wide choice of teach yourself books and DVDs as well as websites and YouTube videos that will show you how to play.

Books and DVDs can cost a lot less than a drum lesson and many online lessons are free, also you can work on them at your own pace, this is great for busy people who can’t always make a regular time for drum lessons.

This makes self teaching look like a very good way to go but in reality it can, in the long term, be a very…

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