Percussion Tutor Books

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by HERITAGE, Mar 14, 2013.


    HERITAGE Member

    I am looking for a good drum tutor book that is not kit player based i.e for 'traditional' bass and snare players.

    Any recommendations? :tup
  2. Ianroberts

    Ianroberts Well-Known Member

    It may as well be me that does it !

  3. fartycat

    fartycat Member

    when you say traditional, do you mean marching? What type of marching? Scottish, American style and do you have a teacher?
  4. Ianroberts

    Ianroberts Well-Known Member

    sorry, I just did a google search and found something a lot more specialist for you !

  5. pbirch

    pbirch Active Member

    The SA had a percussion tutor book, I have no doubt it is out of print, but there will be some copies lurking in our band rooms.

    HERITAGE Member

    By Traditional I mean one drummer playing bass drum and another snare drum and sharing other percussion parts rather than a kit dominated percussion section for an emerging brass band. The SA suggestion I will follow up with my Salvationist friends.

    Ian it just had to be you :D
  7. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    If you're after something for beginners, the Accent on Achievement books are worth a look - they're designed for concert band instruments which can be used either in a group with learners on different instruments or playing along to a CD.
    There's a set for "combined percussion" which covers Side & bass drum, cymbals and xylo etc. I know absolutely nothing about percussion but using book 1 with a total novice in a junior band I had her playing basic rolls & paradiddles and simple tunes on a xylo.
  8. Ianroberts

    Ianroberts Well-Known Member

    I resemble that remark !!

    HERITAGE Member


    Many thanks - I think that that could do the trick for me.

    HERITAGE Member


    Thanks for your response, subsequent responses seem to have answered my query. It looks as if these books will be useful to me when teaching - I am a brass player who also plays percussion.
  11. Ianroberts

    Ianroberts Well-Known Member

    you can while away hours with em ! lol
  12. Sid the Cornet

    Sid the Cornet New Member

    Hahaha! Eating my lunch as saw the picture above. Not a pretty sight. I need to clean the laptop screen now. It's a long time since I laughed like that at any posting on any board.
  13. fartycat

    fartycat Member

    I agree with Alex. I'd go for the Accent books. But can I ask why you are teaching snare and bass drum?
  14. Ianroberts

    Ianroberts Well-Known Member

    I know ! thats the sort of stuff we all learn while in the cot I thought
  15. tsawyer

    tsawyer Member

    I wrote a four volume one from a brass band perspective - and then tried to make it into a dynamic website that didn't really work.

    Have a look at the site, you can get PDFs if the first few sections. Drop me an email if you want printed ones.



    HERITAGE Member


    Thanks your help is appreciated.


    Simply because that's what we need at the moment a kit can come later. Our decision right or wrong.


    Not a constructive comment - One man's cot is not the same as anothers. The area I am working in requires the basics.
  17. fartycat

    fartycat Member

    It's just in my 25 years experience of teaching kit and percussion I have never heard of someone learning just snare and bass drum. If you have the other instruments (timpani, kit and tuned) then why not broaden your students' experience?

    HERITAGE Member


    I understand where you are coming from and believe you me nothing would please me more to see the full array of percussion in use. However my colleagues and I are attempting to put together a brass band in an area where there has been no brass band since the 1920s, where brass is not taught in schools in general (when it is its usually the trumpet) and the nearest brass band in the format we in the UK know is over a hundred miles away. We have limited funding needed for other things but do have two good quality drums available hence our decision not to go for a kit at present...
  19. simonium

    simonium Member

    Here we go.

    Marches (6/8 or 2/4 doesn't matter) right foot, left hand repeat.
    Waltzes - right foot, left hand, left hand repeat
    National anthem - brrrrr and stop when you feel like it.
    Jazz - ding ding a ding (oops, no cymbal. Apologies)
    pop tunes - right foot, left hand.
    test pieces - hit and hope. Adjudicators and conductors don't have a clue what goes on at the back so you don't need to worry.

    reverse for left handed drummers, or to really up the ante and push boundaries.


    HERITAGE Member


    I think we can do better than that.

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