Free Book About Drumming

Free Drumming Book

Are you looking for a free drum book to get you started on your drumming journey? I wrote this book a few years ago. It contains a lot of information that beginners will find useful; loads of patterns (such as back beats) fills, basic theory, 4-way co-ordination, etc. To give you some idea of what to expect, here’s the contents:

(It’s worth point out that each exercise actually contains around eight patterns to explore.)


  • Introduction
  • A Standard 5-piece Drum Kit
  • How to Hold Drumsticks
  • Notation
    • Reading Music
      • Drum Legend
      • Parts of the Stave
      • Time Signatures
    • Counting
      • Note Reference Page
      • Snare Drum Counting Exercises
        • Exercise 1: Counting Crotches
        • Exercise 2: Counting Quavers and Crotchets
        • Exercise 3: Introducing the Quaver Rest
        • Exercise 4: Common Rhythmic Groupings
      • Backbeats
        • Backbeats
          • Practise Tips
          • Exercise 5: Backbeat Patterns
          • Exercise 6: Backbeat Patterns
          • Exercise 7: Bass Drum Variations
          • Exercise 8: Two Bar Patterns
        • Drum Fills
          • Exercise 9: Introducing Fills
          • Exercise 10: Four bar Phrase with Fills 1
          • Exercise 11: Four bar Phrase with Fills 2
        • Hi-Hat Pedal
          • Practise Tips
            • Exercise 12: Stepped Hi-Hat
            • Exercise 13: Stepped Hi-Hat
            • Exercise 14: Open Hi-Hat

Please download your FREE copy of this book below:

If you think you’d like some help working through the book and live in Leicester, you can always contact me for lessons. If you don’t live in Leicester, I offer an online only training course which covers many of things in the book. Visit to find out more about the online service.

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