Drumming Patterns

For my first several years of learning to play drums, like many young musicians, I immersed myself in technical studies, practicing four to ten hours a day. As I became familiar with all the classic drum books, I noticed a baffling failure on the part of the authors to grasp what seemed to me to be obvious logical relationships between and among the technical and rhythmic patterns they presented. It was an accepted approach to learning drums that was equivalent to learning piano with no knowledge of scales, chords, or arpeggios. It became clear to me that there was a grammar of drumming and rhythm that remained to be discovered and explored, so for the next few years I set out to do it myself. The result was my book, Drumming Patterns, self-published in 1988.