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TOP 10 of 2021

A Top 10 list featuring our best selling titles of 2021.

10: The Brazilian Groove Book / Liberty (Tie) Kiko Freitas / Liberty DeVitto

Book or eBook with Video + Audio

Kiko Freitas shares his expertise and love of the rhythms of his home country of Brazil in this inspiring and enlightening look at samba. Starting with a breakdown of the layers of samba, Kiko presents independence ideas using tamborim rhythms, batucada patterns, left hand and left foot independence concepts, odd-meter tamborim rhythms, and an approach to the samba snare drum. From there the material expands to include partido alto, using the brushes in samba, samba/funk, and samba school concepts.

Book, eBook, Kindle or Audio Book

In this compelling memoir, Liberty takes you back to his immigrant roots and ultimate settling on Long Island, a place he recounts in warm detail. He then traces a musician’s journey: early childhood bands, a rise through the local club scene, wedding bands, building a career, his first tours, and then a juggernaut of success, excess, and stardom with Billy Joel.

9: The Working Drummers Chart Book Joe Bergamini

Book or eBook

With The Working Drummer’s Chart Book, Joe Bergamini provides insight into how to create useful drum charts for any type of musical situation that involves learning songs quickly and reading on the gig. Joe shows his method of creating short, clear charts, and then presents 26 charts of songs that are often called on club dates, corporate gigs, bar gigs, and the like.

8: The Breakbeat Bible Mike Adamo

Book or eBook with Audio

The Breakbeat Bible, by Mike Adamo, focuses on the fundamentals of breakbeat drumming as applied to hip-hop. It takes the elements of classic funk and breakbeat drumming and presents them in a systematic way for practice. When mastered, these elements will give the drummer the ability to integrate a complete language of incredibly funky concepts into his or her playing.

7: Pathways of Motion Steve Smith

Book or eBook with Video

Based around Steve’s current use and analysis of matched-grip drumset technique, this book presents a wealth of information based around hand technique that also covers rudiments, musical phrasing, and much more. Video, text, and notation come together in this package to clearly explain and demonstrate four distinct grips that Steve has identified and developed in his own playing. Each grip is thoroughly explored in its basic motions on the snare drum, and then translated to drumset applications and phrases.

6: Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer Part 1: Hand Technique Jojo Mayer

DVD or Instant Video

This now classic, 3-hour video from Jojo Mayer covers a wide range of information on drumming technique, from the most fundamental to the most advanced. Yet, Secret Weapons is more than just the ultimate instructional method and reference guide, it also showcases the inspiring artistry, musical philosophy and groundbreaking technical abilities of one of today’s most progressive performers and educators.

5: Groove Essentials 1: The PLay Along Tommy Igoe

Book or eBook with Audio

Groove Essentials/The Play-Along offers a focused and interactive groove experience for all levels of drummers with rhythm tracks that feature some of New York City’s top musicians. You get a chance to not only learn all 52 grooves, but also to learn how to play them in a real band with real musicians. Additionally, you’ll find three “Global Tour” tracks that are 15-minute journeys through all the grooves you’ve learned.

4: Jeff Porcaro: It's About Time Robyn Flans

Book or eBook (multiple translations available)

With It’s About Time: Jeff Porcaro,The Man and His Music, author Robyn Flans provides insight into Jeff’s musical career. Starting with his childhood and formative years, the book recounts his establishment on the L.A. scene, rise to stardom with Toto, and legendary career as one of the most sought-after studio drummers in the world until his tragic death in 1992 at only 38 years of age.

3: Great Hands for a Lifetime Tommy Igoe

DVD or Instant Video

Great Hands for a Lifetime offers a realistic, practical approach that will unlock your potential and protect your hands through years of drumming.

This incredible workout weaves the standard drum rudiments with original exercises to maintain your technique as well as inspire and challenge you for decades. Use it as a warmup before a gig or as a kickoff to an intense practice session. Use it for anything you want; its designed to fit your needs. 

2: Stewart Copeland: Drumming In The Police & Beyond Joe Bergamini

Book

One of the most iconic and influential rock drummers of all time, a book about his work has been sought after by drummers for many years. Now, with Stewart Copeland: Drumming in The Police and Beyond, Hudson Music presents the definitive document. Combining detailed biographical and analytical text, note-for-note drum transcriptions, and many never-before-published photos, the book covers Stewart’s body of work with special emphasis on his legendary drumming in The Police.

1: Gaddiments Steve Gadd

Book or eBook with Video

In this, the first drum book he has written, music legend Steve Gadd presents a series of rudimental passages inspired by his time in drum corps and love of the rudiments. Each exercise is based on a classic or contemporary rudiment. It’s then displaced by starting on different subdivisions of the beat. This creates new rhythms without changing the sticking. All of the solos are written in a way that reinforce the understanding and importance of phrasing.

Includes 36 themes/concepts and 85 individual exercises, each with an accompanying video demonstration.