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Here follows a collection of what I consider to be brilliant materials I have worked with and own. These reviews are my opinion.
 
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excellent (instructive and well put together. thoughtful and thorough)

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average (has an equal number of good and bad points)

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below average (could have been done better)

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poor (don't spend time or money on it)
 
PLEASE NOTE: I have rated all these resources below based on their strength as instructional/educational materials NOT on the ability of impressiveness of the drummers or their performances. A good drummer is not always a good drum teacher. Some materials (dvds in particular) are inspirational although not instructive.
 
BOOKS:
 
 

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NAME:
STICK CONTROL FOR THE SNARE DRUMMER

By GEORGE LAWRENCE STONE
STAR RATING:
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WORDED RATING:

Perhaps one of the most recommended drumming books in the world
TARGET AUDIENCE:
Beginner onwards (a life time of study here)

PUBLISHED BY:
George B Stone and sons inc.
DESCRIPTION:

Page 5, 6 and 7 are so very important to every drummer of any genre and one could spend years just perfecting these 3 pages. There are 40 more pages to work through! This book is recommended by so many pros that I would go so far as to say that if you only have one drum book…it should be this one. Enough said. Google it and see for yourself.

 

 

 

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NAME:
THE COMPLETE LEARN TO PLAY DRUMS MANUAL

by Craig Lauritsen
STAR RATING:
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WORDED RATING:
highly progressive from basics building up in what I consider to be an excellent balanced and thoughtful curriculum to upper intermediate levels.
TARGET AUDIENCE:
Beginner to professional level
PUBLISHED BY:
L.T.P publishing pty ltd
DESCRIPTION:
224 pages and two discs. this really is a manual. I use it as a drum teacher. particularly good is its drum reading lessons. it is blocked into bite sized lessons which are ideal for the self taught drummer or a teacher to use.
typically it runs each lesson like so:

- introduction to a rhythmic figure (egg the dotted 8th) with 16 variations and placements and counting techniques (with egg tracks on the disc to ensure you are accurate)
- a 16 bar sight reading exercise incorporating the figure with previous lessons.
- up to twenty written and tracked grooves that incorporate the figure (including fills that use it)
- finally a short (8 - 10 bar) solo using the figure. (an excellent homework assignment after spending the lesson going through the three points above).

the book takes you up to quite complex reading figures before suddenly becoming simple again but introducing a rudiment. then it progresses forward again quickly showing how the sticking pattern applies and soon it is added to the body of knowledge that went before.
it ends on some generic stuff including reggae, jazz independence and comping and lots of triplet application.
this is an essential filler book for the self taught and a great introduction to reading.
I don't often say this of drum books but I am very glad I bought it. more so than the George Lawrence Stone book even.

for more visit:
www.learntoplaymusic.com

 

 

 

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NAME:
PROGRESSIVE STEPS TO SYNCOPATION FOR THE MODERN DRUMMER
by TED REED
STAR RATING:
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WORDED RATING:

The more into this book you delve the happier you get
TARGET AUDIENCE:
Beginner onwards (especially for the reading drummer!)
PUBLISHED BY:
Alfred publishing
DESCRIPTION:
The whole book is neatly hand written by a master drum teacher. It was literally the material he used for years of lessons. This book is an absolute must for guys learning to site read or brushing up on their reading skills. The first 32 pages are all about reading and are thorough and progressive. Syncopation only kicks in on page 33… but by then you feel you’ve already had your money’s worth.

Still…Ted gives you loads of stuff to consider in the world of syncopation.

 

 

 

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NAME:
CROSS-STICKING STUDIES (EXERCISES FOR MOVING AROUND THE DRUMSET)

By RON SPAGNARDI
STAR RATING:

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WORDED RATING:

This book is simply written, progressive and FUN!
TARGET AUDIENCE:
Intermediate onwards

PUBLISHED BY:
Modern drummer publications
DESCRIPTION:

If you want to cross stick like Buddy Rich you have to learn how to organise your limbs. This progressive book is simple (only ever showing movement between the small tom, snare drum and floor tom) and progressive. It focuses on a single cross over movement at a time and puts it in various places. What I loved about this book is how soon results appear.

 

 

 

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NAME:
1001 DRUM GROOVES

By Steve Mansfield
STAR RATING:
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WORDED RATING:

Very useful as a groove and beat resource and a site reading exercise to boot.
TARGET AUDIENCE:
Beginner onwards

PUBLISHED BY:
Cherry lane music company
DESCRIPTION:

No jokes … there really are 1001 drum grooves in this book neatly organised by genre. Rock and funk (40 pages), blues and jazz (31 pages), ethnic (10 pages), afro-Cuban and Caribbean (20 pages). Sometimes the variation between one and another are slight though but all in all this book is a fantastic resource.

 

 

 

VIDEO / DVD

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NAME:
JOJO MAYER - SECRET WEAPONS FOR THE MODERN DRUMMER - A GUIDE TO HAND TECHNIQUE.
STAR RATING:
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WORDED RATING:
Hilarious and visually educating.
TARGET AUDIENCE:
Any level
PUBLISHED BY:
Hudson Ltd
DESCRIPTION:
If you don't know who Jojo is then I suggest checking him out here (
http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/JOJO_Mayer.html). If you do know him, then you will also know that they man is a genius drum 'n bass wizard and a master of technique. He really has made studying technique his speciality and he has even refined some techniques to the point where he quite rightly names them after himself (eg: the mayer/moeller). His teaching explanations are excellent and clear and often voiced over slow motion, CGI visual demonstrations. Potential problems are highlighted and possible solutions are given, including many exercises to help build up your chops. There is a great, balanced amount of philosophy, particularly Jojo's practice quotes at the end of the second disc, which add depth to the whole work. Camera angles and close ups are very well chosen to help you learn. Add to that a great sense of humour, lovely snippets of Jojo drumming in and around New York and nearly perfect presentation throughout and you have, in my opinion, the finest instruction DVD available. This beats Thomas Lang'sincredible DVDs for educational value and is on par with Chad Smiths for charisma. Well done and thank-you Jojo.
 
 

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NAME:
Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials
by Tommy Igoe
STAR RATING:
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WORDED RATING:
A must have for any serious drummer
TARGET AUDIENCE:
Advanced beginner to advanced
PUBLISHED BY:
Vic Firth
DESCRIPTION:
Tommy teaches 47 grooves every drummer should know -  rock, jazz, R&B, funk, Latin, world, New Orleans 2nd line, Mozambique etc. He is one of the most in demand drum teachers in the world and for good reason. This humorous giant of a drummer takes you carefully through each groove, highlighting the challenging areas and pitfalls. Then there are two play along tracks at different tempos.

 

For me I guess you could use this as a yardstick of your drumming skill – if you can play all 47 grooves with precision, feel and at various tempos then you could call yourself an advanced drummer.
 
 
 

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NAME:
DRUMMING TECHNIQUE/HISTORY OF THE U.S. BEAT

By Steve Smith
STAR RATING:
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WORDED RATING
Extremely useful and richly detailed DVD
TARGET AUDIENCE
Beginner to pro
PUBLISHED BY:
Hudson Music
DESCRIPTION:
2 discs full of insight from Steve, one of the drumming world’s very most special artists. Steve’s friendly and calm teaching style never grows old…I’ve watched this DVD considerable more times than the others in my collection.

 

Content wise you get well explained multiple hand and foot techniques; the jazz pulse; various useful sticking exercises; musicality philosophy and a great music/history lesson. Plus loads of incredible solos and with band performances.

 

A lot of DVDs are expensive showcases… this one is worth the money and is an education.

 

 

 

OTHER BOOKS AND DVDS IN MY COLLECTION
BOOKS

ACCENTS AND REBOUNDS – GEORGE L STONE

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HOW TO PLAY ROCK DRUMS – DAVE ZUBRASKI

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INSIDE OUT – BILLY WARD

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THE NEXT STEP – DAVE WECKL

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IT’S YOUR MOVE – DOM FAMULARO

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DRUM METHOD – HASKEL W HARR

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DVDS

THE NEXT STEP - DAVE WECKL

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HOW TO PRACTICE - DAVE WECKL

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A TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO NEW ORLEANS DRUMMING - STANTON MOORE

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A MODERN APPROACH TO NEW ORLEANS DRUMMING - STANTON MOORE

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IN SESSION - STEVE GADD

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UP CLOSE STEVE GADD

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THE ZEN OF DRUMMING - BOBBY ROCK

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SUPER DRUMMING - PETE YORK

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DOUBLE BASS DRUMMING - JOE FRANCO

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MUSICAL DRUMMING IN DIFFERENT STYLES - GREGG BISSONETTE

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MODERN DRUMMER FESTIVAL 2005

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SOLO DRUMS – TERRY BOZZIO

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THE COMMANDMENTS OF R&B DRUMMING - ZORO

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TECHNIQUE, GROOVING AND SHOWMANSHIP - JOHN BLACKWELL

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EXTREME DRUMMING – MARCO MINNEMANN

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RED HOT RHYTHM METHOD – CHAD SMITH

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CREATIVE CONTROL - THOMAS LANG

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TRUST YOUR EARS - DRUM TECH EXPLORATIONS JEFF OCHELTREE

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BIG TIME – BILLY WARD

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LIQUID DRUM THEATRE – MIKE PORTNOY

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A WORK IN PROGRESS – NEIL PEART

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ANATOMY OF A DRUM SOLO – NEIL PEART

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DRUM TIPS PART 11 (D/BASS AND FUNKY DRUMS)

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ACCELERATE YOUR DRUMMING – LARRY FINN

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PLAYING WITH STICKS – JEFF QUEEN

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DOUBLE BASS DRUMMING WORKSHOP – JEFF BOWDERS
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