Top 10 Drum Books

  • Posted on: 20 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Here, I present my 'top 10' choices in drum books. With such an abundance of incredible material for drummers today, choices on how we spend our practice time are very hard. These are the choices I've made top priority since I started playing in 2006. Follow the links to purchase on Amazon.

Top 10 Drum Books


Thomas Lang - Creative Coordination & Advanced Foot Technique: Book/DVD/CD Pack

This *is* my #1 choice of any drum education system ever produced. I highly recommend the DVD/Book/CD combo pack. Hands down, it is the most clearly organized and thoroughly demonstrated system I've seen. Thomas Lang plays EVERY exercise in the book and also performs the play-along tracks. There are many other solos and songs which demonstrate the material presented in each section. The book is bound well, the DVD case is sturdy, and I promise you'll need to keep this package around for a long time. I purchased this on October 27th, 2008 and it is still my favorite.


This is a three-part book series from Peter Erskine. Volume 1 was the first drum book I ever purchased. If you're a beginner, this is the series I recommend above all others. It provides a great introduction to all major styles of drumming. These skills will last a lifetime.

Drumset Essentials, Volume 1 (Book & CD)

Drumset Essentials, Volume 2 (Book & CD)

Drumset Essentials, Vol. 3 (Book & CD)


I purchased this on September 3, 2009. I worked through most of the material in the book that year. It introduced the most radical coordination and hand technique changes of any book I've owned. I love the emphasis on dynamic control using the Moeller whip. 10/10!

Open-Handed Playing


This book is another advanced coordination system oriented around improvisational playing. This will help free your mind from the other, more robotic systems you'll be pushing through. I took a Skype lesson with Marko and he's very smart, friendly, and and INSANE drummer!

The New Frontier for Drumset


Practice this book if you feel as though your time is slipping. It's OK to become a robot!

The New Breed: Systems for the Development of Your Own Creativity (Book with CD)


This is the classic swing coordination book.

The Art of Bop Drumming (Book & CD) (Manhattan Music Publications)


This book is specialized for a very particular style. I find that it is a lot of fun to work on. Very good for pushing speed. I met Johnny for a lesson in Chicago, and he's a great teacher!

Jungle Drum "n" Bass: A Guide to Applying Today's Electronic Music to the Drum Set (with audio CD)


Marco Minnemann's book on advanced coordination. Similar in scope to the Thomas Lang book above. I prefer Thomas's book because he demonstrates ALL of the exercises in the DVD.

Extreme Interdependence: Drumming Beyond Independence (With Audio CD)

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