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Accents & Rebounds - George Lawrence Stone. Copyright 1961. This is an advanced book to be used after gaining some expertise using Stick Control. It has hand conditioning exercises for accents, rolls, finger bouncing, and the buzz roll. It includes the progressive approach to the control of the secondary beat of the roll. It is an excellent book for those wanting to attain a high proficiency in playing.

Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer Vol. 1 - Jim Chapin. Copyright 1948. This book is to be used to develop coordinated independence between the hands and feet while playing the standard jazz cymbal rhythm. The exercises also are designed to improve overall control, flexibility, and improvising in jazz playing.

Accent on Accents - Elliot Fine and Marvin Dahlgren. Copyright 1968. This book is best suited for someone who already has a degree of expertise in “Sick Control” although it is not absolutely necessary. It has progressive exercises in the use of accents in sticking variations. There are exercises in 3/4, 4/4, and 5/4 time in both regular notation and triplet notation. There are foot exercises that can be used also, and all of these exercises can be applied to any kind of music.




Double Bass Drumming - Joe Franco. Copyright 1984. This book consists of three parts that each use what Joe calls “The Single Stroke System”. By using his system diligently, one can play in a powerful and consistant manner with a high degree of proficiency on the double bass drum. The three parts consist of:

1. Double Bass Beats - in sixteenth note patterns and eighth note triplet patterns.

2. Double Bass Fills - in sixteenth note patterns and eighth note triplet patterns. Also broken fill patterns, echoing the hands with the feet, and overlapping patterns.

3. Soloing Over the Double Bass Roll- with accented sixteenth notes. And sixteenth notes with mixed sticking, accented triplets, triplets with mixed sticking, and soloing over bass drum patterns.

Drummers Rudimental Guide - Sam Ulano. Copyright 1948. This is a rudimental guide for the snare drummer. It is designed for any level player. There are carefully selected practice routines that can be use in a day-by-day program that will result in a mastery of the basic strokings.










Master Studies - Joe Morello. Copyright 1983. This book is for advanced drummers who want to continue the development of their control and technique. It can be used with what ever techniques that you have previously learned, and you can use these ideas in any kind of music. Some of the studies include accent studies, buzz roll studies, stroke combination studies, fill-in studies, ostinato studies, flam studies, and control studies which include endurance, velocity, progressive accents, dynamics, time, sticking, and other studies. It is suggested that some mastery of the book “Stick Control” has been acquired before using this book.

Master Studies II - Joe Morello. Copyright 2006. This is a continuation of “Master Studies”. An advanced-advanced book. It has more exercises to develope your hands even further. It is suggested that some mastery of Master Studies be acquired before using this book.


New Breed,The - Gary Chester. Copyright 1985. A system that helps develop reading, coordination, flexibilty, and creativity is presented in a very orderly and easy to follow, but harder to execute, format. The ability to develop the hands and feet independently from each other while playing naturally is one of the goals that can be achieved with this book.



Progressive Steps to Bass Drum Technique - Ted Reed. Copyright 1963. Exercises for coordination of the hands and feet. Use of this book will allow you to master evenness of time and space between each beat and evenness in volume. It will also improve you endurance. Evenness and endurance are necessary to develop speed.




Stick Control - George Lawrence Stone. Copyright 1935. This book is the cornerstone book for learning to develop and control the hands. “It is a highly specialized practice book, consisting of a progressive, highly concentrated collection of rhythms that can enable the serious drummer to gain control, speed, flexibility, touch, rhythm, lightness, delicacy, power, endurance, preciseness of execution, and muscular co-ordination. “It also can be used in conjunction with the feet by substituting foot strokes for hand strokes either for single or double bass.


3,5,7,9 Jazz! - Joel Rothman. Copyright 1976. This book goes through various patterns and beats in 3/4, 5/4, and 7/4 time. It includes various hi-hat, bass drum, and snare patterns and beats to be practiced so as to enable mastery over these different time signitures. It also includes sections for 3/8, 5/8, and 7/8. It is noted that patterns in 9 as well as 6 and 12 are patterns of 3. Therefore, to play in 6/4, 6/8, 9/4, 9/8, 12/4, or 12/8 you can use the 3/4 or 3/8 patterns and repeat them in variables of 3 in order to play these other patterns.




Wrist & Finger Stroke Control for the Advanced Drummer - Charley Wilcox. Copyright 1953,1973,1979. This book is for developing a high level of technique by the coordinated control of the forearms, wrists and the fingers. All the exercises are four bar exercises. The finger stroke (which is considered the ultimate in drumming technique” can enable one to play “fast, sharp, and clean flowing”.




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