The Drummer’s Workbook: A Six-Pronged Approach

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This ground-breaking book brings together six areas of discipline that identify key factors to success for the serious drummer: Technique, reading, jazz, rock, Latin, and musicianship. Many drummers (and books on drumming) tend to specialize in a single genre of music and neglect other critical areas, not realizing the synergies that exist between all six prongs. The Drummer’s Workbook presents all six prongs in a way that can take any drummer—beginner or professional alike—from their current level of proficiency to a much higher ground of playing.

The concepts in this book are not magic techniques; rather, they are based on decades of tried and proven concepts taught by the very best, including Alan Dawson, Jeff Hamilton, Gary Chaffee, David Garibaldi, Walfredo de los Reyes, Sr., and Alex Acuña, to name only a few.

Endorsement Quotes

“The Drummer’s Workbook by Jay Lawrence is one of the most comprehensive books for the drummer that I have seen in years…certainly one that I will incorporate with my students and recommend to others.” ~Carl Allen – Artistic Director of Jazz Studies – Juilliard School NYC

“As a performer and teacher I think this book would be a great tool in assisting you to get to the next level. It’s very detailed. Jay has done a wonderful job.” ~Terreon Gully – Performed with Lauryn Hill, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stefon Harris, Dianne Reeves, and Christian McBride.

“This book gives you accurate information to grow in your playing. Study patiently, read all the information and you’ll be on a great musical journey for the rest of your life.” ~Alex Acuna – Legendary Drummer and Latin Percussionist.

If you can only afford one book, this is the book!

Download the Play-A-Long Tracks

The Drummer’s Workbook includes several play-a-long tracks for use with the Reading chapter. These tracks are only available here. By providing them via online download rather than including a CD with the book, I’ve saved you $5!

NOTE To reduce the size and download speed of the audio tracks, we’ve broken them into three separate downloads.