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    What books would you consider very important ?
    where you can always 'go back to' or just never finish ?
    -apart from rudiments-

    to me now it's :

    1 George Stone -Stick Control
    2 Gary Chester -New Breed 1
    3 Marvin Dahlgren -4 way coord (triplets)
    4 Bruno Meeus -Diameters
    5 Thomas Lang -creative coordination
    Last edited by Ericdrumz; 04-14-09, 08:35 AM.
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  • #2
    I would add Haskell Harr Drum Method Book 2 to those.
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    • #3

      A list of books might be a good sticky? Speaking of books and rudiments... for the people working on books like Wilcoxon's 150 rudimental solo's... what speed do you play those exercises? As fast as possible, or...

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      • #4
        Back in 87' from Alfred Publishing, a book called- Funky Primer for the Rock Drummer. Every possible 1 & 2 measure subdivision between snare and bass under straight or swung RH eight notes.


        • #5
          Although maybe not so good for the beginners, I enjoy the Gavin Harrison books. Physically its really easy but it has lots of beat displacement and overriding exercises...it's like mental floss on drums.






          • #6

            Jim Chapin's "Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer Vol 1"
            Ted Reed's "Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer"
            Marvin Dahlgren's "4-Way Coordination"

            to the list


            • #7
              I like "Daniels' Running Formula" by Jack Daniels, PhD
              "Road Racing for Serious Runners" by Pfitzinger and Douglas
              "Advanced Marathoning" by Pfitzinger and Douglas
              "Sports Nutrition Guidebook" by Clark
              "Running Within" by Lynch and Scott

              Oh, wait, drumming books. Never mind.

              "When in Doubt, Roll" by Bill Bruford (I also have a 25 year old VHS instructional tape by Bill which came out about the same time. Nice little bits with Steve Howe and King Crimson)
              Extreme Interdependence" by Marco Minnemann (there's a part in the beginning/middle I like where he moves patterns around the limbs/kit but I think the title is kind of dumb)


              • #8
                thx all, actually, when i googled some, i came up with more
                than just a sample page.. (i couldn't help that)

                yet, some older books are kind of similar, btw.
                still, it's a pretty impressive list by now.
                Last edited by Ericdrumz; 12-16-08, 04:29 AM.
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                • #9
                  Funny, I just pulled an old box out of my attic this past weekend while setting up the Christmas tree. It had all my drum books from when i was a little whipper-snapper taking drums lessons. The books in the box were:
                  Reed's "Syncopation"
                  Haskell W. Harr Book 2
                  Stick Control
                  A Funky Primer
                  Chapin's "Advanced Techniques..."

                  Remarkably, it's been over 30 years since I used them, and many more since they were written, and they are still the best books out there.


                  • #10
                    Micky Hart (Grateful Dead): 'drumming on the edge of magic', semi-autobiographical and philosophical, quite a lot of fun...though not a technique book.

                    technique for beginners:

                    Carmine Appice, Ultimate Realistic Rock
                    TD9+6v with Diamond Electronic pads, and cowbell.
                    ATH-50m headphones, VEX packs
                    not to mention keyboards, guitars, basses, and cats


                    • #11
                      A couple that spring to mind are:-

                      Dave Weckl's 'Contemporary Drummer + One'
                      A great book and easy to understand.

                      David Garibaldi's 'The Code of Funk'
                      Good fun if funk is your thing... but it's quite challenging.


                      • #12
                        +1 on David Garibaldi's 'The Code of Funk'

                        John Riley's, "Jazz Drummer Workshop" is also a great one (I find even I go back to it more than his "The Art of Bop Drumming" and "Beyond Bop Drumming books") because he spends more time exploring and articulating the styles of a number of famous jazz drummers

                        "The New Breed" *choke*

                        Roland TD-12, 4-piece kit (very downsized) setup
                        Gretsch New Classic, Yamaha & Ludwig snares
                        Agop SE, Vintage A Zildjian, K, K Custom Dark, Sabian HHX Legacy
                        DW Hardware


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Michael Render View Post
                            I love that book... didn't realize you were the author though.

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                            • #15
                              Ha ha!! Nice one Mr. Render!! That actally made me laugh out loud!