The 24 Best Drumming Books for All Levels (2024)

Drums are a fantastic instrument with so many different styles and techniques. It’s easy to get stuck in the same old basic rhythms. Getting your hands on a great drum tuition book could be a great way to enhance your development.

These days, most drummers turn to online tutorials and YouTube channels to learn more about different drumming techniques. The greatest advantage of this learning strategy is that you can easily acquire many different techniques from different points of view.

However, in addition to these instantaneous and responsive drumming lessons, it’s wise to delve into drumming books. They can offer a more in-depth approach to drumming.

Playing directly from drum sheet music in books also helps you greatly focus on your instrument. Also, it is a lot easier to learn the basics than you might think!

Here are ten books we think every drummer should read. Of course, this is not a definitive list as there are so many great drumming books out there, but the 10 below are some of the essentials:

How to Use These Drum Books

These books include hits a lot of different areas, from general technique to genre-specific playing, snare technique, bass drum technique, and more. When starting out, these are great as a supplement to your in-person drumming tuition or online drum lessons such as through Drumeo.

After this, if you already have a solid foundation of drumming techniques and reading drum sheet music, you can really get a massive amount out of these books.


If you want to go beyond basic drum beats, these books will be a great start. Reading about music can both improve your playing technique and your level of musical education.

Therefore, take the plunge and read at least some of these books. But don’t stop there and keep searching for other works that might inspire your drumming practice and extend your knowledge of music in general.

Do you have any other drumming books that you think are worth sharing? Write a comment below, and we will consider adding them to the article.

Mike O'Connor
Mike O'Connor

I've been playing drums for over 18 years. I work as both a session drummer and a drum teacher, and I love to share my knowledge and tips on this site. You can also find me on the Electronic Drum Advisor YouTube channel.

  1. Thankyou for this info just starting to learn jazz drumming it’s like starting over again .

  2. Drumming In All Directions (Hal Leonard and Hudson Digital) is a new take on coordination. Using 25 fundamental limb motions, DID provides a multi-limb workout that will test the stamina and build coordination for any drummer, any playing style.

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