This thread is super old. Anyway, the book I used is called The Total Rock Drummer. I then gave it to a friend to use because he was also trying to learn the drums. We both had a good time with it. Idk if it’s the “best” book but it did the job.. I have a suspicion that there are a bunch of good choices for beginner method books for drums.
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I have to be a bit modern in my approach. That means the kit is usually involved, but not always with the youngest ones. It depends on mom, dad and what works.
If it's getting ready for school band the kit might just get used for fun a few times, but if it's a young student that's not into that and has a kit at home it's involved. It'æs not used just in a traditional sense, but to make up for the lack of other percussion that might not be available.
I generally write my own material and use play-alongs from e.g.
Groove Essential 1.0 and 2.0
Ultlmate Play-a-long by Weckl
Survival Guide for the Modern Drummer
We usually get on the Lifetime Warm-Up pretty quickly, but it's adapted. It's something everyone in the school can have in common.
I also use a couple of beginner reading books in Norwegian. One old classic one when that works best and a modern one that has various play-a-long tracks with it, writing assignments etc..
Here's the reading book I use the most. Virvel means roll in Norwegian, There's a second book as well as one for melodic percssion, but I tend to move to other methods after the first one. That's generally means my own material. We usually have a deal that we get halfway through the book and get started on 8th note rests before we do other kinds of stuff.