Percussion360 is a set of four drum tutor books, all available to purchase as PDFs ready to print or view on your device. They are intended to provide a gradual progression from the very basics of playing drums and reading percussion music through to covering a full introduction to the knowledge required to play in a band or orchestra.
I wanted a book that would be a good reference for my students and that would also present a gradual learning curve right from the very first steps. I also wanted to have enough exercises on each topic for the pupil to fully get to grips with each new concept, and it was important to cover musical notation as required to play modern percussion parts in a band or orchestra. I couldn’t find a book that fulfilled my criteria, and decided to write the book you hold in your hands.
This book is made up of eight parts, each of which introduces several topics, and has associated exercises to then explore the concept in more depth. Most of the parts cover a variety of topics including musical notation, drum technique and rudiments, and common percussion instruments. Each one ends with a study, a longer piece of music which makes use of the concepts learned so far.
The book is not intended to be a “teach yourself” course, but is designed as a set of graded exercises for use during lessons and practice. It is also designed as a book to refer back to when needed.
Volume One is only the beginning, starting with the snare drum and then adding the cymbal before moving onto other parts of the drum kit. By the end of it, you should be able to play quite complex snare drum parts, basic kit rhythms and fills, and have been introduced to several different drum rudiments. Volume Two builds on what is learned here and looks at new rhythms, new rudiments and more detailed musical notation.