10 methods per Drums Part 2

Sep 7, 2019 Education

10 methods per Drums Part 2


Rick Latham

The word “Advanced” in the title suggests that it should not be the first method to start with, but it is another of the sacred monsters of teaching. I really like the genre so I used it and use it often. To be used after having acquired a little independence and experience but absolutely not to be missed.

Advanced Funk Studies is a much more fun method than others but from the second part onwards it requires a good knowledge of the tool, otherwise you risk getting bogged down. However, absolutely recommended!


David Garibaldi

Are drums methods useful for improving independence? David Garibaldi is waiting for you.

But be careful, because it awaits you, but also all your patience!

I started it as a boy, my teacher made me do it “treacherously” (giving me a few pages every now and then without telling me what it was) and after a few months of deep hatred, I started to love him. Despite having finished it a long time ago, I often do it again, because learning the nuances of David Garibaldi is not really an immediate thing.

I let my students do it and I often notice hatred in their eyes, but I try to encourage them because I know that if they sweat over these chapters then their independence will be much more developed than the average. And it’s like riding a bicycle, once you’ve learned you won’t come back.

So, an incredible method but not easy, but you know, if you want to improve, you have to sweat. There are no shortcuts.

If you feel ready …


Jim Chapin

With this method, we move into the jazz field. It’s not that I can call myself an expert on jazz technique, but to try to be as complete as possible a complete drummer I bought and studied this method. Obviously I recommend it for anyone who wants to develop a good independence and jazz rhythm.

Jim Chapin needs no introduction. He taught the Mueller method (of which he was a student) to world-famous drummers such as Dom Famularo, Thomas Lang and Jojo Mayer. Let’s talk about one of the sacred monsters. And seeing how his pupils “grew”, I would think about it a hundred times before discarding this method.


Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez

I’m biased, I admit it. I adore Horacio Hernandez. I put this method among the top ten because in my adolescence, for many years I had a Latin drummer/percussionist teacher and for a long time made me feel very material about this fantastic Cuban drummer.

This method could make you impatient and not a little, on the other hand, independence in Latin American music is a fundamental factor, but its usefulness is truly remarkable.

I don’t go any further, but if you already have a good command of the instrument and want to approach the Latin genre without having any idea how to approach it, start with Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez.


Gary Chaffee

Choosing between these 4 volumes of the same series is impossible. Questioning Gary Chaffee is impossible. Becoming a drummer without ever doing one of these 4 drum methods is impossible. If you doubt my words (and do very well) believe Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Smith, who always talk about these books very well.

I have all four of them. Different from each other but very useful. Gary Chaffee is considered one of the best drummers of all time. Don’t think about it for a minute, get one and start studying it.


Marvin Dahlgren and Elliot Fine

One of the first methods for drums but as we know, certain exercises have no age. Another method to have. His advice does not feel the weight of years and give a great hand in the development of independence. The exercises contained are easy to read and begin with simple schemes up to more complex polyrhythms.

Very useful for all styles. Here the foundations are built.


Ted Reed

Second, only to the legendary Stick Control (the first on our list) and this something will mean. It can be studied dozens of times and its exercises can be applied to many genres and too many situations. With a little imagination, it’s one of the drum methods you can study for years.


A list of drum methods obviously cannot be exhaustive for all genres and tastes. Much also depends on the musical preparation of each drummer, but it is a mix of the methods that I found most significant for my training, the result of years of studies, the influences of different teachers found and the many discussions with many drummer friends.

Obviously I want to hear your opinions, your favorite drum methods, and your criticisms, as I can’t wait to find others in which to dive and lose all my patience.

See you soon.

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