The Playing Techniques series marks the culmination of Ralph Humphrey and Joe Porcaro’s deep contribution to drum set education.
This series of books (with video) involves the study of everything pertaining to the proper technical performance of music on the drum set. The materials are presented in a systematic manner similar to a college course, which the authors refined over decades of teaching at Musicians Institute and Los Angeles College of Music.
Throughout the course, all the hand techniques, strokes and rhythms are coupled with foot ostinatos to develop a strong set of playing skills that are applicable to all styles of music.
The Playing Techniques book series includes 179 video demonstrations total, as filmed by Ralph, which he filmed shortly before his passing in April 2023. The videos are informal, full of incredible advice and playing and feel like you are sitting in class or a private lesson with him.