The Staples

Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer

Tedd Reed

This is the go-to book to work out independence, melodic phrasing and anything else that you want to do on the drums. It really is invaluable. The key is to work out of this book with a teacher who knows how to use the book correctly, because at the surface level, it seems very simple but has many complexities and variations of how to use it.

Stick Control

George Lawrence Stone

This is the bible of drumming books and no drummer should ever be without this book… period.

Funk / Rock

Master Studies

Joe Morello

Joe wrote this book while studying with George Lawrence Stone and it’s a close second to Stick Control. A must have for any drummer who is serious about developing great technique and chops.

The New Breed

Gary Chester

One of the hardest books I’ve ever worked through, this book separates the men from the boys so to speak, and will give you great independence and creativity like no other.

The Roots of Rock Drumming (Book/DVD)

Daniel Glass / Steve Smith

This book took 12 years to put together and contains 22 detailed interviews with the men who invented rock drumming. If you’re a drummer (especially a rock drummer) you shouldn’t be without this book!

Groove Alchemy

Stanton Moore

A step by step guide to groove building and groove development by the funk master himself, Stanton Moore

Commandments of Early R&B Drumming

Zoro

You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been and this book covers both. This book provides an in-depth look at everything form soul to funk to hip-hop.

Advanced Funk Studies

Rich Latham

For the serious funkster at heart, Advanced Funk Studies provides a great foundation for any player looking to step up their funk game. Be careful, it’s the real deal!

Future Sounds

Dave Garibaldi

Dave breaks down his linear approach to funk drumming, providing with a whole new look on any style that you play.

Blues / Jazz

Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer

Jim Chpin

If you’re looking to get hip to some Jazz and independence, this is the book for you. PERIOD!.

The Art Of Bop Drumming

John Riley

Called “the definitive book on Bop drumming” and delivers just that. A great choice for anyone looking to dive into the Bop scene.

Modern Rudimental Swing Solos

Charles Wilcoxon

Great for developing syncopation and rudimental drumming. I haven’t worked out of this book much, but it’s definitely on my list of books to dig into more.

Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming

Daniel Glass / Zoro

The prequel to The Commandments of R&B Drumming this book delves into the rhythm and blues of the 1940s and ’50s. It’s essentially a book of shuffles and breaks down how the early Rhythm and Blues Drumming transformed into rock, funk and hip hop.

World


Drum Circle: A Guide to World Percussion

Frank Kumor & Chalo Eduardo

This is the perfect book for anyone who is looking for a crash course in world percussion. With over 28 instruments and playing techniques covered in this book, this is truly a book that you shouldn’t be without. Plus, I studied with Frank Kumor at Kutztown University and he’s an amazing teacher and person!

Drum Set

Patterns 1,2,3,and 4

Gary Chaffe

These books are just insane (I mean that in a good way) There are so many different ways to use these books that you could probably spend your entire life just working out of these 4 books and never get bored. GREAT series of books to check out!

The OFFICIAL Freehand Technique

Johnny Rabb

The innovator of the freehand technique, Johnny Rabb, gives a detailed explanation of how the Freehand Stroke works. This is by far the most comprehensive, practical and easy to use approach to the Freehand Technique.

Bass Set

The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming

Bobby Rondinelli and Michael Lauren

I don’t play double bass, so I haven’t gone through this book, but I know that it’s widely accepted as a great book. Here’s what the Amazon description says about the book: “Bobby Rondinelli of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult and master teacher Michael Lauren from the Drummers Collective have put together the most comprehensive text ever written on the subject of double bass drumming”

Bass Drum Control

Colin Bailey

Just recently got turned on to this book and I’m loving it so far….check it out if you’re looking for some different ways to approach bass drum technique.

Snare Drum


Portraits in Rhythm

Anthony J. Cirone

One of the most comprehensive snare drum books I’ve come across. This book will prepare you for any reading part coming your way.

Brushes


The Sound of Brushes

Ed Thigpen

This is another book that I haven’t worked out of much, but comes highly recommended.

Motivation and Productivity

Pocket Change

Ndugu Chancler

Ndugu walks you through everything you need to know to make have a successful career in the music business. From gear selection to recording sessions, Ndugu covers it all.

Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill

First published in 1937, Think and Grow Rich is the most widely recognized motivational book in the world. This is my favorite book ever and I read it once a year. Definitely check out this book!

The Law of Success

Napoleon Hill

20 years of research on some of the most successful people in the world yielded some very consistent findings and Napoleon Hill documents these 13 “laws of success” that all of his subjects portrayed.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie

The perfect book to read if you’re looking for better ways to network and get into the inner-circles of music or any other group. A great read!

Four Hour Work Week

Tim Ferris

This book changed the way that I look at life and made me realize that you have to do what you love to be happy.

Live your dreams

Les Brown

Great motivation for anyone who thinks that they can’t achieve the impossible….anything is possible….just depends on how bad you want it!

Crush it!

Gary Vaynerchuck

A new book to my collection, Gary talks about how you can make a living doing what you’re passionate about rather than working towards someone else’s dreams.

The Big Gig

Zoro

Awesome motivation from the master drummer himself, Zoro. He covers everything from practicing, to dedications, defeat, faith, business and more. I read this book twice and often refer back to it from time to time.


From Zero to Sideman

Mel Brown

Mel talks about how he became one of the most in-demand sidemen in music using his unique tactics and approach. Mel gives it to you straight and this this a THE book for anyone looking to break out in the sideman scene or in a new town.

DVDs

The Century Project

Daniel Glass

Daniel takes 100 years of music though the eye of a drummer and puts it all into this great DVD withb GREAT background and information that you probably don’t know about drumming! Plus, the performances are killin’

The Language of Drumming

Benny Greb

This DVD shows Benny’s revolutionary approach to developing better musicality and feel and how to improve your overall vocabulary on the drums. I highly recommend it!


Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer

Jojo Mayer

Anyone looking to improve your chops and learn a TON about how the breakdown of each stroke works, this DVD is for you!

CD / DVD Duplication & Selling

Discmakers.com – By far the most respected and best value available for CD/DVD duplication and digital distribution to all the major sites, including iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Spotify and a ton of other sites.

CdBaby.com – Perfect for indie bands and DIY labels and musicians. They’re all about creating great relationships with independents.

Health Care / Insurance

MusicProInsurance.com – Affordable health, dental, and vision insurance as well as instrument and equipment insurance.

Website Themes and Hosting

WordPress.com – The most robust and easy to use back-end website management tool out there. It’s what your website runs on…and best of all, it’s FREE!

Woothemese.com – Great looking, ready to rock themes

Themeforest.com – This is where I got the theme for this site and there’s a TON more, all at a great price.

BlueHost.com – By far the best hosting option available! Cheap, reliable, and great customer service. Better and cheaper than any other hosting out there!

Email Management

MailChimp.com – Decently priced way to handle your email newsletters, show announcements, etc. This is worth the money….you don’t want to send emails from [email protected]

ConstantContact.com – Another great contact for email management. I don’t use it now but I have before and it’s definitely a good program. Can’t go wrong with this one either.

Apps

BandApp.com – A great way to create a FREE app for your band that allows you to share you music, tour dates and news directly to your fans smartphones.

Videos

YouTube.com – The best place to check out millions of drumming videos.

DrummerWorld.com – Awesome site to learn about old and news drummers through videos, interviews, solos and more!

Music Promo Sites

ReverbNation.com – One of the best tools to help promote your music around the world. There is FREE version and a paid version and both are great options.

BandCamp.com – Another great place for independent artists/bands to promote and sell their music.

BandsInTown.com – I’ve never used this but I know that a lot of people are starting to use it now. It offers a dashboard to manage your tours and gigs. Check it out and let me know what you think about it!

Social Media

Facebook.com – I think your know what Facebook is, but you need a Facebook PAGE, not a personal account.

Twitter.com – Connecting with your fans and colleagues, 120 characters at a time.

Linkedin.com – This is more popular in the corporate but it’s a GREAT resource to connect with people in the music industry. Everyone from A&R reps, to Artist Relations Managers and CEOs of drum companies are on here. Do yourself a favor and get a linked in profile and start connecting with music professionals in your area!

Pinterest.com – Depending on what you want to accomplish online, Pinterest may or may not be for you. It is a virtual pin board for you to pin photos of things that you love and photos that you post yourself for others to see.

Instagram – A picture and video sharing app that allows you to apply digital filters and share them on a wide variety of social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. DEFINITELY a must have for any band or musician to stay connected with you fans!

Flickr.com – Another photo sharing site, but can also be used as a hosting site for pictures that appear on your website and blogs. Check out nickruffini.com/#photos to get a better idea of what I mean.

Tumblr – Since I don’t use it that much, the best way for me to describe it is from the Wikipedia page: “Tumblr allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private. Much of the website’s features are accessed from the “dashboard” interface, where the option to post content and posts of followed blogs appear.”

BandstoFans.com – Bands to Fans, founded by Cris Cohen, is a social media agency who can help you with all aspects of your social media strategy. Bands to fans currently handles social media management for Daniel Glass, Rich Redmond, Huey Lewis and the News, Cowboy Mouth and more! .”

Snapchat.com – Not as mainstream as the other social media sites, but it will be soon. Snapchat allows users to send pictures, videos, drawings and text to a list of recipients. The sender can control how long the messages or “snaps” can be seen, and once the time is up (1-10 seconds) the “snap” is deleted forever. This is a cool way to interact with fans in a unique and instant way. Check it out!

Instruction

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