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Books and Supplies Recs

For a little perspective: during the 2014-15 school year, the average full-time University student at a four-year public university in the United States spent $1225 on books and supplies; at four-year private colleges $1244 - Chicago Tribune statistics Aug. 2015. I am confident the average YSU percussion major is expected to pay far less, nonetheless, percussion education expenditures are significant, as they extend to mallets, sticks, instruments, ear plugs, metronome, audio/video recorder, etc.


·       Concert snare drum and stand. I recommend keeping the drum in a soft-bag case. After I hear your drum, we will likely convert it to a concert-style sound with appropriate batter and resonant heads, cable snares, and batter head dampening in order to practice rudimental and symphonic snare drum repertoire. I recommend keeping the drum in a soft-bag case.

·       Practice pad drum and stand (use the same stand as for your concert snare drum).  Convert any 8-14" drum, whether snare or tom-tom, into a permanent practice drum. Purchase a Remo Silent Stroke Drumhead for the batter side, as these are terrific practice drumheads that prove very responsive, durable, and are ideal for developing long free strokes, rebound, Moeller techniques, finger stroke control, etc. Use any regular mylar resonant or batter head for the resonant side. Bring drum, stand, and concert snare sticks to Seminar, Private and Group Lessons. Gum rubber practice pads such as Vic Firth, Salyers - silicone, Reel Feel, HP Percussion, etc and snare drum stands are fine for other uses.

·       Drum key. Bring to all applied percussion and PE events. 

·       Hearing Protection - Ear Plugs - Hearos High Fidelity ear plugs or Vic Firth High Fidelity plugs. Both brands are virtually the same, approximately $18, purchase no higher than 20-25 dB sound attenuation. Earasers Musicians Earplugs, $39 are excellent. Cheap foam plugs are not acceptable for a musician, but good for string trimmers or chain saws. Bring to all lessons, rehearsals, etc.

·       Metronome - either a stand-alone electronic metronome such as Tama Rhythm Watch, Dr. Beat, or a mobile phone met app such as “Flex Beat”  or "Tempo" with headphones or musicians in-ears.

·       Sticks, Mallets, Case: bare essentials 

1)      A large mallet bag such as Vic Firth SBAG2, Mike Balter, Innovative Percussion, etc. or a large briefcase for storing mallets.

2)                      Concert Snare sticks, view this video for comparison of SD-1 versus the SCS-1

3)                      Firth SD-1 maple or SCS-1 persimmon

4)                      Drumset sticks, Firth 5A or 5B hickory, wood tip (acorn, ball, or barrel), nylon tip is ok for practice and to save $.

5)                      Retractable Wire Brushes with wire end ring – Vic Firth Heritage Brush or Regal Tip equivalent

6)                      Keyboard Mallets - show me what you own before buying anything new

7)                      Timpani Mallets - Vic Firth, Tim Genis Signature Series, Gen 5 Tonal = a good mallet to purchase right now. Later on, Tim recommends the purchase order of Gen 5 Tonal, Gen 6 Hard Tonal, Gen 1 Roller, Gen 7 Dolce Articulate.

8)                      Kratt Master Key F-F  chromatic tuning pipe. 

9)                      Soft hand towel for cleaning timpani heads.

·       Manuscript Paper, 8.5x11” loose-leaf manuscript paper, three hole punched

·       Three-ring notebook, 1.5" size with loose-leaf ruled paper


Here are the books I typically use with my new students for rhythm, snare drum, keyboard, timpani, and drumset. Most should be available from Steve Weiss They are a great place to order your music, books, and mallets because they have most items in-stock and ship same-day if ordered by 2pm. I support Columbus Percussion, as my friend Jim Rupp is the owner and they are very helpful. Please call them to see what they have in-stock or can get quickly. See our website, Links tab, for listings of retailers. Amazon might provide better prices but only buy there if the items are actually in-stock; do not settle for stores that don't stock these items as some take way too long and we're not going to be able to share books for obvious safety reasons. I plan to begin with these materials early in the semester.

Books typically required of freshmen 

GS sells direct to students:

•••Schaft, Glenn–Fascinating Rhythms 

•••Schaft, Glenn – Chops & Concepts, 2018  edition


Buy from retailers:

•••Stone, George Lawrence — Stick Control. 1935.

•••Peters, Mitchell — Intermediate Studies For Snare Drum, 1976. Excellent etudes for all levels.

•••Charles Wilcoxon — Modern Rudimental Swing Solos. 1941.

•••Peters, Mitchell — Fundamental Method for Mallets. Vol. 1. Excellent introductory 2 and 4 mallet text.

•••Peters, Mitchell — Fundamental Method for Timpani. Excellent general text.


•••Rothman, Joel. Drumming and All That Jazz

Other recommended books:

Snare Drum Books

Cirone, Anthony — Portraits In Rhythm, 1966.

Delecluse, Jacques — Douze Etudes, 1964

Delecluse, Jacques — Keiskleiriana 1, 1987

Delecluse, Jacques — Studio M 1, 2004          

Delecluse, Jacques — Initium II, 1977, focus on subdivision

Delecluse, Jacques — Initium IV, 1978, focus on subdivision

Delecluse, Jacques —  Methode de Caisse-Claire, 1969

Firth, Vic  — The Solo Snare Drummer, 1968

Gardner, Carl — Gardner Modern Method, 1919

•••Gauthreaux, Guy, II –- Six Classic Snare Drum Solos

Goldenberg, Morris —Modern School For Snare Drum, 1955

Peters, Mitchell — Advanced Snare Drum Studies, 1971.

•••Peters, Mitchell — Intermediate Studies For Snare Drum, 1976. Excellent etudes for all levels.

Peters, Mitchell — Etudes for Snare Drum. 2003.

•••Schaft, Glenn – Snare Drum Chops & Concepts, 2018 edition

•••Stone, George Lawrence — Stick Control. 1935.

•••Charles Wilcoxon — Modern Rudimental Swing Solos. 1941.

Weiner, Richard — Etudes For Snare Drum, 2011. 

Wooten, John - Drummers Rudimental Reference Book.

Drum Set Books

Duduka Da Fonseca and Bob Weiner — Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset (CD)

Brian Fullen — Bass Drum Essentials

Brian Fullen — Jazz Standards for Drumset, Play-Along

Malabe, Frank and Bob Weiner — Afro Cuban Rhythms for Drumset (CD)

Pickering, John — Mel Bay’s Studio/Jazz Drum Cookbook. Excellent jazz comping patterns.

Ted Reed — Syncopation

Jim Riley, Survival Guide for the Modern Drummer, PlayAlong

•••Rothman, Joel. Drumming and All That Jazz (1st)

Rothman, Joel. Extraordinnarily Phenomenal Jazz Drum Book (2nd)

Rothman, Joel. Four-Way Independence For Jazz Drumming (3rd)

Zoro - The Commandments of Drumming. R&B, Soul, and Funk ( CD).

Timpani Book

•••Peters, Mitchell — Fundamental Method for Timpani. Excellent general text.

Keyboard Books

David Friedman — Vibraphone Technique - dampening and pedaling technique & etudes.

•••Peters, Mitchell — Fundamental Method for Mallets. Vol. 1. Excellent introductory text. Include 2 and 4 mallet sections.

Peters, Mitchell — Fundamental Method for Mallets. Vol. 2. Excellent introductory text. Include 2 and 4 mallet sections.

Stevens, Leigh Howard — Method Of Movement. Definitive treatise on four mallet technique and exercises.

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