49 pages | PDF

Time Functioning Patterns - Focuses on time functioning skills in both the jazz and rock areas. Topics include cymbal ostinatos and linear phrasing, as well as melodic and harmonic jazz ccordination. The four-volume PATTERNS series by Gary Chaffee is one of the most contemporary and comprehensive drum methods

48 pages | PDF

Gary Chester was one of the busiest studio drummers of the '60s and '70s and played on hundreds of hit records. His systems have been used and endorsed by drummers such as Kenny Aronoff, Danny Gottlieb, and Dave Weckl. This is not just another drum book, but rather a system that will help you develop the skills needed to master today's studio requirements. By working with this book, you'll improve your reading, concentraton, coordination, right and left-hand lead, and awareness of the click.

90 pages | PDF

This sequel to The New Breed is a more advanced book that teaches a method for learning total independence and creativity. It was started by Gary Chester and completed by his student Chris Adams after Gary's death. Topics covered include: cross bonuses, wac-a-chuck bonuses, disco, funk, swing, 8th-note triplet bonuses, 16th-note triplet melodies, odd times, and much more. Includes a special tribute to Gary Chester.

119 pages | PDF

This book deals with the principles, techniques, rhythms, and concepts of progressive jazz. Topics include improvisation, interaction of parts, meter-within-meter phrasing, cymbal rhythms, triplet performance patterns, independent performance patterns, and much more.

97 pages | PDF

The idea is that you use Master Studies as a workbook to to get your hands and the sticks working as one. Coming from such a great player, you'd expect this book to really test you and make you improve. Let's see if it does... Master Studies has been layed out with 7 sections - Accent studies, Buzz roll studies, Stroke combination studies, Control studies, Fill-in studies, Ostinato studies, and Flam studies. Once you've gotten through that, there is the Buzz roll studies section that again uses 8th notes and triplets with buzz strokes on different beats combined with

65 pages | PDF

Reading is always a problem for drummers of all ages, however it is not a problem if the basic issues are addressed right from the beginning. This set of 20 "Reading Practice" sheets is designed to help students learn the basics of reading music, with very little to confuse them, so they can concetrate on reading and counting the note types accurately.

58 pages | PDF

This is your complete guide to programming and thinking like a drummer - not a drum machine user. Instead of merely providing instructions for you to program into your machine, this book is a direct, mathematical approach to learning how to drum and how to best emulate a drum kit on a pre-recorded track.

64 pages | PDF

Voted second on Modern Drummer's list of 25 Greatest Drum Books in 1993, Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer is one of the most versatile and practical works ever written for drums. Created exclusively to address syncopation, it has earned its place as a standard tool for teaching beginning drummers syncopation and strengthening reading skills. This book includes many accented eighths, dotted eighths and sixteenths, eighth-note triplets and sixteenth notes for extended solos. In addition, teachers can develop many of their own examples from it.

32 pages | PDF + MP3

Book 2 is a continuation of the Elementary Snare Drum Method, Book 1. This book continues with 6/8, 2/4, 4/4, and 3/4 meter as well as introducing C, 2/2, 3/8, 9/8, 12/8, and 3/2 meter. It deals extensively with grace notes, known in percussion language as fams, drags, and ruffs. Book 2 develops the open roll, triplets, and syncopation. Also included are The 26 Rudiments of Drumming plus a section on bass drum and cymbal playing. There are two duets in the book to be played by the instructor and student together. These duets offer the student the opportunity

101 pages | PDF

The result of the combined efforts of the Rich-Adler partnership is a book with all the fundamental material needed for an instructive drum method. In addition to the elementary principles of music, there are eighty-three lessons of exercises and rudiments, twenty-one reading exercises, ten exercises employing rudiments, forty-six advanced rhythmic studies and a list of the most frequently used musical terms. All of the material has been carefully graded as to difficulty. Buddy Rich's Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments not only differs from all other drum