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Classic Drumming Books

In this day and age there is no excuse for the modern drummer when it comes to not having enough practice material or inspiration. Leaving aside the video age started in the mid-late 80's until present day that has flooded the market with great innovative instructional Videos or the internet where video's stream on YouTube and Drummerworld. inspiration is easily found in this day in age.

I would like to focus on the print media. The Old School. The books we learned from before the information age. Most of these books listed are still in use by top teachers and players all over the world.


Here is a list of some of the all time great books! These are HIGHLY recommended!

First, the classic books for snare drum technique and rhythm reading:

"Stick Control" by George L. Stone
"Syncopation" by Ted Reed 
"Accents and Rebounds" by George L. Stone
"Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer" by Jim Chapin
"Master Studies" by Joe Morello
"Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments" by Buddy Rich & Henry Adler
"Modern Reading Text in 4/4" by Louie Bellson & Breines
"Portraits in Rhythm" by Anthony J. Cirone
"Modern School for Snare Drum" by Morris Goldberg

Collections of Solos:

"All American Drummer" by Charles Wilcoxon
"W.F. Ludwig Collection of Drum solos" by W.F. Ludwig
"Recital Solos for Snare for Drum" by Garwood Whaley
"Adventure in Solo Drumming" by William J. Schinstine
"Rudimental Solos for Accomplished Drummers" by John Pratt

Other great authors of fine Snare/Reading books to check out:

Roy Burns, Carl Gardner, Fred Albright, Vic Firth, Gary Chaffee, Mitchell Peters, Peter Magadini

Drum Set Books:

"New Breed" by Cary Chester
"Realistic Rock" by Carmine Appice
"The Rock and Jazz Cookbooks" by John Pickering
"Future Sounds" by David Garibaldi
"Studio and Big Band Drumming" by Steve Houghton
"The Art of Bop Drumming" by John Riley
"Drum Concepts and Techniques" by Peter Erskine
"Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drum set" by Malabe and Weiner
"Bass Drum Control" by Colin bailey
"Double Bass Drumming" by Joe Franco
"Modern Rudimental Swing Solos" by Charles Wilcoxon

If we missed any books that have inspired you, Let Us Know.