Posts in category: Book Reviews

Essential Drum Books: Gary Chaffee’s “Patterns: Time Functioning”

Gary Chaffee is one of the world’s most influential drum educators. His students include a dazzling array of well-knowns, including Vinnie Colaiuta, Jonathan Mover, JR Robinson, Joey Kramer, Todd Sucherman, Steve Smith and many others. His 4 book “Patterns” series is probably the work he is best known for. I have worked out of many […]


Dave DiCenso’s Rhythm and Drumming Demystified

Dave DiCenso Rhythm and Drumming Demystified

If you are serious about your drumming–really serious–you need to check out this book. It may very well become a classic. It certainly deserves to become one. If you were to take some of the ideas of Gary Chester’s “New Breed” and expand them exponentially, you’d have some idea of what RADD is all about. […]


15 Drum Books for Intermediate and Advanced Drummers

Rick's Licks Rick Gratton

I am a drum book freak. I love drum instruction books and I always have. From the moment I discovered the idea that learning to read music would open up a world of drumming information and learning, I was hooked. BANG! The Drum School has a huge library of drum instruction books. Below are some […]


Top 10 Drum Books and Videos for Beginner Drummers

Dave Weckl How to Develop Technique

Alright everyone. Here’s my top ten. I’m guessing this may spark some debate, and think that’s fine, so feel free to let me know your thoughts. Syncopation This book, written by Ted Reed, is very versatile. I use it with beginners to teach them to read rhythmic notation, but it has many other applications for […]