Percussion tutor book?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by DaveR, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Does anybody know of a good book that gives instruction for basic percussion technique? I would like one that covers tuned and untuned percussion really. A DVD would do if there isn't a book......


  2. satchmo shaz

    satchmo shaz Active Member

    I have had a few books off ebay and a video but they seem to specialise

    The best thing my band did was have a percussion masterclass with Niaomi Cornish (Naruco from tMP)
    It was brill and all 5 of my perc players loved it!!:clap:
  3. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    There's some good books around but as Shaz says they do specalise...

    The main best ones to get are:
    Developing Dexterity - for snare drum by Mitchell Peters.
    Practical Percussion- which covers snare and kit- by Kevin Edwards
    Modern Method for Tympani- by Saul Goodman --- this is excellent for all the basics on stick holding, techniques, history of timps etc etc etc.

    As for other tuned stuff- ie Xylo, I personally know of nothing that tells you "how" to play and do technique.... although, someone has bound to have done one at some point.... Easily taught by a tutor as there's nothing to it really ;-)

    Thanks for the comment Shaz on the Masterclass I took. Seemed liked aaaaaages ago now... I really enjoyed it too and the kids were great! :)
  4. drummerboy

    drummerboy Member

    My recommendations are Modern School for Snare Drum, by Maurice Goldenburg. It's a bit old, but it's brilliant. He also did one called Modern School for Tuned Percussion (or words to that effect!).
  5. We stock a great book written and put together by Aidan Geary called "Strike One". The book is designed for beginners and is aimed at teaching the basics of rhythms on the snare drum, then advancing onto the drum kit. It is advised however that the book is to be used with tuition, and is not a "DIY" instruction manual to drumming.
  6. Aidan Geary

    Aidan Geary Member

    And 'Strike Two' is on it's way! This book will be focused at Timps and tuned! Both books are aimed at the complete beginner to bridge the gap to grade 1.

    For the more advanced player, I have to agree with the above recommendations - the Saul Goodman timp book is a bible to me, as are the Goldenberg Snare and Tuned books - kind of the percussionist's 'Arban' really.
  7. percussion tutors


    your best bet is to look on Vic Firths website.

    They have a long list of rudiments, tips, advice from top drummers and percussionists.

    If you go on you'l be able to see more,

    it's very good for teaching, the only problem it's all online, but you can either say to your percussionists, look it up over the week and lets see what you can do next week, or print the bits out that you think would benifit them being a brass band percussionist.

  8. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Thanks to all of you for your replies - very helpful indeed!!!

  9. I use vicfirth loads ,its great to practice rudiments to and a wonderful tool. I was at drummerlive at the weekend ,sadly the queue was too long by the time i got there for the Vic Firth clinic. He to most just might be the name on their sticks but he's much more than that! I think he is still pretty handy on tuned and drums even at his age , just like Jim Chapin.
  10. Aidan Geary

    Aidan Geary Member

    With over 50 years as Principal Timpanist at the Boston Symphony, you'd expect him to be good!!!!!!!!
  11. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  12. Aidan Geary

    Aidan Geary Member

    Just had a good look through the boxes of the past...............

    A couple of excellent books are - (all by George Lawrence Stone)

    Stick Control
    Accents and Rebounds
    Mallet Control

    I bought these from Chas Footes when I was at college - 10 years ago (where does the time go?)

    Mallet Control is similar to the Goldenberg book.

    The 2 SD books are very useful.

    All published by: George B. Stone & Son Inc. Distributed by: Ludwig Music Publ Co.

    Maybe some help to you?

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