First Drum Book (s)

JoeVermont

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This was prompted by a discussion in a FB drum forum.... my first drum books; Saul Feldstein published by Belwin Mills. Apparently still for sale with the same covers that I remember from way back in 1970-something. Level one was green, level two with a red cover. When we moved my new school used Hal Leonard's Haskall W. Harr instruction books. All were excellent - with school music teachers who were really good. I can still read drum music which is a skill I am SOOOO glad I have.

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One more, Music Minus One with Mike Ricciardella ... this one came with an LP that was missing drum tracks and you played along. This series is where I learned about ghost notes. My drum life exploded from there (in a good way).
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My first drum book was Advanced Funk Studies by Rick Latham. I taught myself how to read rhythms with that book.
 
“Buddy Rich’s Modern interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments” :) (y)
Same here. I gave it to my brother probably 20 years ago. Hopefully he will be able to pass it on to someone else.

Funny, the current revision of the book was authored by Ted MacKenzie. Ted was who I studied with before he revised the book. He wrote exercises in my book, and I assume others as well. This means there are pre-Ted copies of the book floating around with Ted exercises in it. That's kinda cool.
 
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The first book I ever had.

I think it was the only drum book in the music store where I bought the kit.

It wasn't anything spectacular in comparison to the many others out there targeting the beginner drummer......it had the usual fare if I remember correctly.

Unfortunately it's long gone, but it had some fascinating little Latin grooves in the back of the book.

One of them I still like to play around with to this day.
 
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The first book I ever had.

I think it was the only drum book in the music store where I bought the kit.

It wasn't anything spectacular in comparison to the many others out there targeting the beginner drummer......it had the usual fare if I remember correctly.

Unfortunately it's long gone, but it had some fascinating little Latin grooves in the back of the book.

One of them I still like to play around with to this day.
It has a Tom angles!!!! kit on the front cover lol. That's freaking great 🙂.
 
these were my first 4: plus the NARD 26 rudiments sheets

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This wasn't my first—I don't recall what was, but it was snare only, and I don't think it was Stick Control—but this was my first for full kit. And let me tell you, while I enjoyed how cool the patterns were, and extremely challenging for my level, this cover did not look cool to the other 6th graders on the bus.

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The first book I ever had.

I think it was the only drum book in the music store where I bought the kit.

It wasn't anything spectacular in comparison to the many others out there targeting the beginner drummer......it had the usual fare if I remember correctly.

Unfortunately it's long gone, but it had some fascinating little Latin grooves in the back of the book.

One of them I still like to play around with to this day.
I have that one I got these 2 also
 

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I joined my elementary school band in 1978, and my band teacher started me with the Rubank Elementary Method and the Remo practice pad.
Once I learned basic rudiments, he recommended the Ludiwn student setup which included a Ludwig Acrolite with UFO case and rubber practice pad.
I'd give anything to still have my original Acro.

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I joined my elementary school band in 1978, and my band teacher started me with the Rubank Elementary Method and the Remo practice pad.
Once I learned basic rudiments, he recommended the Ludiwn student setup which included a Ludwig Acrolite with UFO case and rubber practice pad.
I'd give anything to still have my original Acro.

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I also started on a practice pad. I did not have an Acro back in the day but always loved the sound - we had them in the band room at school and used them for orchestra. I got one a few years ago (for 200 bucks) out of desperation. I had a (rare) catastrophic failure with my go to snare and due to the pandemic, there were no parts (Yamaha sent me a whole new snare so they definitely made it right). Found a 1970 vintage Acro on Craig's List. Yes, these snares are overpriced but worth it IMO, it's an excellent drum. The Acrolite was intended to be the backup, but it's been the main snare for almost 3 years, now.
 
I joined my elementary school band in 1978, and my band teacher started me with the Rubank Elementary Method and the Remo practice pad.
Once I learned basic rudiments, he recommended the Ludiwn student setup which included a Ludwig Acrolite with UFO case and rubber practice pad.
I'd give anything to still have my original Acro.

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had roughly the same set up, except the drum was dads 63 Supraphonic
 
First book was 5th grade - Essential Elements for Percussion Vol 1.
Endearingly termed by the band director “the purple book.”
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Then I got my first real kit about year later and got this book Progressive Independence: Rock - and may still have it somewhere.
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Now I go back and forth from various numbering of stroke roll stickings, Stick Control and Progressive Steps to Syncopation…
 
I joined my elementary school band in 1978, and my band teacher started me with the Rubank Elementary Method and the Remo practice pad.
Once I learned basic rudiments, he recommended the Ludiwn student setup which included a Ludwig Acrolite with UFO case and rubber practice pad.
I'd give anything to still have my original Acro.

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Me too plus Easy Steps to the Band
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