I'm spending the next 2-3ish years getting prepared for grad school. I recently became very aware that drumset is a major weakness for me. I really only grew up on rock/pop and I don't know anything about world/jazz beyond the stereotypical stock beats. Does anyone know of any great audio/internet/book resources that I can study? I'd especially love CD examples for specific styles because I really want to integrate the style in context (I'm pretty sure i'm not supposed to do an awesome rock fill every 4 bars of a bossa nova :)
If i'm not being too picky, I'd love specifics. I've seen posts on other forums that answer this question with ";listen to everything you can!";. Which I understand and respect, but I need more direction in order to focus on getting all my bases covered for auditions.
The art of bop drumming and beyond bop drumming are really good. Tapspace has a few great books as well. Royal Hartigans book was a little too much for me but it was still a good read.
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over 11 years ago
I studied with Steve Houghton and I like many of the books he puts out especially Essential Styles, which will take you through many styles with a play a long. I also recommend Jazz Drummers' Reading Workbook by Joe Morgan (i think). It is a great way to start playing big band style charts as well as improving general reading. Art of Bop Drumming I can second as a classic and part of standard rep for many jazz drummers. The Drumset Soloist by Steve Houghton is also a great book to work on soloing in many styles to a play along CD.