Recommended Drum Education Books
Vic Firth’s Snare Drum Method, Book 1 The goal of this book is to develop a “musical” snare drummer. It’s a must have for students that want to focus on snare drum.
Understanding Rhythm (Manhattan Music Publications – Drummers Collective) This book’s focus is 100 percent reading. Beginning with simple whole-note, half note and quarter-note combinations, this book also covers eighths, sixteenths and thirty-second-notes, syncopated eighth note figures, ties, dots and triplets.
Breeze Easy Drums, Book 1 One of the first snare drum books that I worked through when I started. It’s well written and intended for a young beginner.
Brook Double Drum Studies Great “old school” find for learning rudimental playing.
America’s N.A.R.D. Drum Solos Great for Reading and Rudimental Etudes-for intermediate to advanced drummers.
Rockin’ Bass Drum Great book for beginners and advanced beginners. Allows you to focus on coordinating the bass drum off the eighth-note ride.
Alfred’s Beginners Drumset Method The book is divided into two sections: Rock and Jazz. Students learn the use of the hi-hat, ride cymbal, snare drum and bass drum in their respective styles.
Drum Techniques of Led Zeppelin This book contains 23 of Bonham’s most famous drum transcriptions from his work with Led Zeppelin. Also included are editor’s notes from each record.
Recommended Drum Sticks
Vic Firth MS5 Corpsmaster Snare Stick Great sticks for playing in marching bands, snare drum, and for learning stick control. The heavy weight of the sticks makes it easy to feel the rebound and builds up the necessary muscles that need to be developed for stick technique.
Vic Firth American Classic 5A HingeStix Hingestix are great for learning proper drum stick grip. What I like most about them is that you can’t operate them without all the fingers being on the stick.
Vic Firth American Custom SD 10 Swinger Great sticks for both rock and jazz!
Recommended Mallet Percussion Books
Standard of Excellence Snare and Mallet Percussion strong performance-centered approach with music theory, music history, ear training and more.
Mallet Percussion for Young Beginners Printed with oversized notes and stresses reading skills using peripheral vision.
Recommended Practice Pads
RealFeel by Evans, 1-Sided Practice Pad, 12 Inch Evans products are all good quality and I particularly like the rubber they use on this pad.
RealFeel by Evans 2-Sided Practice Pad, 12 Inch Two-sided practice pads are great for developing stick technique on different types of surfaces.
Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Slim Pad, 12 Inch This 12 inch practice pad fits nicely on top of any 14 inch snare drum.
Vic Firth, 2-Sided Practice Pad This double sided practice pad is also a great choice!
Vic Firth Kidphones — Isolation Headphones for Kids Specially designed for children and reduces overall noise levels by 22 decibels.
Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones Sound isolation headphones that reduce the overall noise level by 24dB. Great for playing along with recorded music!
New Grip Wrist Supports for Drummers
These wrist supports really help alleviate pain from chronic injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis.
Stagg MUS-ARM 1 Attacheable Small Music Stand Great compact stand for smaller spaces.