Hands-On Review:Drum Technique


Recommended Reading: Drum Technique


Syncopation for the Modern Drummer
By Ted Reed

This book of simple looking exercises can be played a million different ways, though most teachers will start you off by playing its syncopated combinations of quarter, eighth, and sixteenth note rhythms on the snare drum against the jazz cymbal beat, then mix in bass drum and high hat for greater independence.



The New Breed
By Gary Chester

This entirely new approach to independence treats the drummer and the drumset as two halves of a complete whole (Zen-like, eh?). Left and right limbs (and sides of the kit) are given the same roles and same exercises, thus improving technique, timing, strength, and speed and allowing endless possibilities for new ideas and creativity. Best known example of the Chester approach: Dave Weckl



Buddy Rich's Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments
By Buddy Rich

No one had better snare drum technique than the mad bomber of the drums, and his book helps show why