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TOP 10 of 2022

A Top 10 list featuring our best selling titles of 2022.

10: Haynes-Ism Tim Carman

Book or eBook

By utilizing one segment of vocabulary played often by Roy Haynes, we will create hundreds of exercises. This one piece of vocabulary will be turned inside out and upside down, run through different time signatures, phrase lengths, and song forms, with the end result being the complete absorption of a fantastic piece of vocabulary played by Haynes and more importantly, the freedom to create your own interpretations of this ISM.

This book will explore three ways Haynes develops and alters the phrase: Permutation, Orchestration and Subdivision Variation.

9: Secret Weapons Part 2: A Guide to Foot Technique Jojo Mayer

DVD or Instant Video

The most comprehensive guide to foot technique for drummers ever available. Jojo Mayer covers a wide range of techniques, from the most fundamental to the most sophisticated. State-of-the-art visualization and in-depth analysis offer easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for drummers of every skill level. In this highly entertaining and informative program, Jojo explains every aspect of foot technique and pedals—and for the first time reveals the inner workings of his own technique in great detail.

Contents include bass drum technique fundamentals including heel-down and heel-up playing, playing “in” vs. “out” of the bass drum, the pivot, bass drum hybrid techniques such as double strokes, the constant release technique, exploiting rebound/dislocated spring exercise, the rocking motion, the swiveling technique, the heel-toe technique, the Mayer power slide technique, grouping exercises, the Moeller pumping motion and Jojo’s personal “secret weapon” techniques.

Jojo also covers useful topics such as speed, control, managing beater flutter, balance on the drum seat, seat height and posture, and single and double stroke coordination. Additional bonus material, tips and performance clips are included as well.

8: Groove Essentails 1 - The Book Tommy Igoe

Book or eBook with Audio

With over six hours of music, including styles from all over the world; truly professional sketch charts; and groove variations for every song; Groove Essentials is designed to be your groove companion not for a month, or a year, but for as long as you play drums—forever.

The new 2020 Edition contains 5 Bonus Grooves and 10 new tracks.

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.

This book works in conjunction with the Groove Essentials Instructional Video, a three-hour-and-forty-minute program that features in-depth instruction by Tommy on all forty-seven grooves, as well as a free Groove Essentials poster. The audio files can be streamed or downloaded and playable on any of your devices.

7: Vinnie's Book Vinnie Ruggiero

Book or eBook

A music instruction manual unlike anything you’ve ever seen – a true, comprehensive study of jazz drumming. A massive 252 page volume, put together by Vinnie Ruggiero “in the interest of the real music” designed to pass on the elements so often overlooked by traditional instruction methods. This beautifully handcrafted book contains the building blocks of true mastery on the instrument. Bursting with transcriptions, compositions, “licks,” and concepts.

Study the master bebop and hard-bop drummers through their soloing, technique, comping, sound, phrasing, and feel from a master himself who walked with, and played with, these giants of jazz. Topics covered: playing melodically, new rudiments, Nigerian rhythms, deep dives into “Philly” Joe, Elvin Jones, and Max Roach, Charlie Parker phrasing, Shuffles, New Orleans funk, the hi hat, thoughts on sound (drums, cymbals, and sticks)…and much more!

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


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.

4: 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. 

3: The Master Drummer John Riley

Book or eBook with Video + Audio

The Master Drummer is based on the premise that all the greats excel in four areas: technique, groove, creativity, and musicianship. Each of these areas is explored in detail with extensive video content, exercises, and transcriptions. While the main sections of video were previously released on DVD, the extensive additional text, notation and analysis in this book create a much more complete, effective course of study. In addition, expert transcriber Terry Branam has notated each of John’s drum solos, and John breaks these down and explains the musical concepts he is using in each solo. Whether working on your technique, timekeeping, soloing, rhythmic vocabulary, or your overall understanding and execution of jazz drumming, The Master Drummer is a must-have.

The book comes with online video that is clearly marked with icons throughout the text. In the digital version, as with all Hudson Music digital books, simply tap the video icon within the book on your device, and the video will pop up and begin to play.

2: 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.

1: DG'z Notebook David Garibaldi

Book or eBook with Video

DG’z Notebook, the newest book from Tower of Power drumming legend David Garibaldi, is a challenging and fun method to expand your creative groove vocabulary and develop an inspiring practice routine. The book consists of intermediate to advanced funk grooves that employ topics focused on improving your playing in specific areas: permutating a groove to different places in the bar, applying odd phrases to 4/4 grooves, using your favorite songs as practice tracks for advanced groove ideas, and much more.

Accompanying this book are practice tools including video for nearly every example in the book and notation with a moving cursor. The video and notation can be sped up, slowed down, and resized in any way you desire. There has never been a more complete funk drumming method with practice tools and an approach to practice available!