Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer
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.
Funk / Rock
Blues / Jazz
Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming
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.
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!
The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming
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”
Motivation and Productivity
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Lessons with ME! – Looking to improve your playing and career? I’m available for both Skype and in-person lessons and career consulting. Just shoot me a MESSAGE