this is the first time that drumming techniques have been presented as a whole and in a systematic manner.”

 — Rimshot Magazine

Drumming Patterns is a book that presents, for the first time, the system underlying rhythm and drum technique. The system's foundation is the discovery that there exists a single, specific, universal group of patterns that underlie both the most fundamental techniques and the most fundamental rhythms used by drummers in all cultures and throughout history. These patterns are:

• Small in number

• Can be arranged in a natural sequence from short to long, more useful to less useful

• In the form of sticking patterns, can be logically and systematically embellished with all manner of additional techniques (flams, accents, open and closed rolls, etc.)

• In the form of rhythmic patterns, can be applied to all manner of musical styles performed on the drum set.


When arranged by length and applied to both drumming techniques and rhythmic styles, these patterns form a logical system that integrates and unifies all of the techniques and rhythms that are the foundation of the drummer's art. Understanding this system makes possible, for the first time, a full, integrated understanding and mastery of drum technique and rhythm.


Like to learn more?

Compare and contrast Drumming Patterns to the classics:

The Drum Rudiments

Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer
by George Lawrence Stone

Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer
by Ted Reed

4-Way Coordination: A Method Book for the Development of Complete Independence on the Drum Set by Marvin Dahlgren, Elliot Fin

The graphic above represents 8 of the 29 fundamental patterns underlying rhythm and drum technique that are the foundation of the Drumming Patterns system.