Drum Books

This is a list of highly recommended drum books categorized by genre.

Beginner Drum Books

Drumset Essentials, Volume 1 by Peter Erskine

Drumset Essentials, Volume 1

Peter Erskine

Presents an excellent range of beginner exercises in different styles and provides step by step instructions on basic drum technique, setup and drum tuning.

Rock Drum Books

Ultimate Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice

Ultimate Realistic Rock

Carmine Appice

An excellent rock drumming book recommended for beginners. Includes sections on rock beats, drum fills and double bass drumming.

Funk and Fusion Drum Books

Future Sounds by David Garibaldi

Future Sounds

David Garibaldi

The definitive funk and jazz fusion drumming book. Includes exercises on linear drumming, permutations and odd phrasing.

Linear Time Playing by Gary Chaffee

Linear Time Playing

Gary Chaffee

An in depth study of linear drumming with applications to funk and jazz-fusion drumming. Includes coordination exercises, linear grooves and odd meter feels.

Jazz Drum Books

The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley

The Art of Bop Drumming

John Riley

An excellent introduction to jazz drumming, covering jazz comping, soloing, brushes and Latin jazz. Highly recommended for beginner jazz drummers.

Beyond Bop Drumming by John Riley

Beyond Bop Drumming

John Riley

Sequel to The Art of Bop Drumming. A more advanced jazz drumming book that covers three-voice comping, broken time, ride cymbal variations, odd phrasing, metric modulation, up-tempo playing and transcriptions.

Advanced Techniques For The Modern Drummer by Jim Chapin

Advanced Techniques For The Modern Drummer

Jim Chapin

A classic book on jazz drumming independence. 

Brushes Drum Books

Brushworks by Clayton Cameron

Brushworks

Clayton Cameron

A comprehensive book about playing with brushes. Includes exercises on conventional brush strokes, ballad playing, specialty strokes, Latin brushes, brush rudiments, soloing and transcriptions.

Contemporary Brush Techniques by Louie Bellson, Henry Bellson & Dave Black

Contemporary Brush Techniques

Louie Bellson, Henry Bellson & Dave Black

Another great book on drumming with brushes. Covers conventional brush strokes, specialty strokes, Latin brushes and soloing.

Latin Drum Books

Tito Puente's Drumming with the Mambo King by Jim Payne

Tito Puente's Drumming with the Mambo King

Jim Payne

An excellent book on Afro-Cuban drumming focusing on mambo and cha-cha. Includes a history of Afro-Cuban music, exercises for drum set and timbales, solo transcriptions and classic Tito Puente recordings.

Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset by Frank Malabe and Bob Weiner

Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset

Frank Malabe and Bob Weiner

A comprehensive book on Afro-Cuban drumming, covering the songo, Mozambique, bembe and much more. Also includes a brief history of Afro-Cuban music and drumming.

Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset by Duduka da Fonsca and Bob Weine

Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset

Duduka da Fonsca and Bob Weine

A great book on Brazilian drumming, covering samba, bossa nova, baiao and more. Includes playing in odd meters a history of Brazilian music and an explanation of traditional brazilian percussion.

Afro-Cuban Coordination for Drumset by Maria Martinez

Afro-Cuban Coordination for Drumset

Maria Martinez

A great book on Afro-Cuban drumming focusing on mambo, songo, nanigo and Mozambique styles. Includes exercises on foot ostinatos and soloing.

Rudimental Snare Drum Books

The All-American Drummer by Charley Wilcoxon

The All-American Drummer

Charley Wilcoxon

A collection of 150 rudimental drum solos covering all the rudiments.

America's N.A.R.D. Drum Solos by The National Association of Rudimental Drummers

America's N.A.R.D. Drum Solos

The National Association of Rudimental Drummers

A classic collection of rudimental drum solos, written and compiled by the former National Association of Rudimental Drummers. Includes a summary of the rudiments.

Technique Drum Books

Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by Ted Reed

Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer

Ted Reed

A classic collection of syncopated rhythmic exercises. The exercises have many practice applications.

Sticking Patterns by Gary Chaffee

Sticking Patterns

Gary Chaffee

An excellent drum book that focuses on sticking patterns, accents, rebound control and odd phrasing. It includes applications to drum grooves and soloing.

Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone

Stick Control

George Lawrence Stone

A classic book of sticking exercises to develop finger control.

Miscellaneous Drum Books

Lessons with the Greats by John Xepoleas

Lessons with the Greats

John Xepoleas

A collection of lessons from some of the world's best drummers. Includes soloing ideas and drum grooves.

Drum Recording Books

The Drum Recording Handbook by Bobby Owsinski and Dennis Moody

The Drum Recording Handbook

Bobby Owsinski and Dennis Moody

An excellent book on drum recording, with information for both studio and home recording. It covers drum construction, drum tuning, room treatment, phase cancellation, drum miking techniques, mixing and interviews with some of the worlds best studio drummers. Includes a DVD demonstrating drum recording techniques in the studio.