So, you’ve decided to learn an instrument, but you’re not really the pluck and strum type. It’ll be the drums for you, then. Good choice. You’ll have to compete with 808s and other drum robots for your entire career. But that doesn’t scare you, does it? It does a little? Ok, that’s understandable, but you need not be afraid, because Sonifly* is going to help you get started. Here are 3 starter books of drum sheet music to help you combat the robotic percussionist uprising:
Realistic Rock for Kids – Carmine Appice
This book is very much for beginner drummers looking to learn how to read sheet music for drums. If you don’t know who Carmine Appice is, it’s ok, because neither do I. I have, however, heard of some of the people he’s played with (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, and too many more). The man has some street cred and he certainly knows how to simplify learning the drums. The book isn’t going to get you headlining in night clubs, but that’s good, because it’s for kids and kids don’t belong in night clubs. Jeeze, do I have to do ALL your parenting for you? Anyway, it’s a good starter, easy to follow, and very straight forward way to learn to play drum sheet music.
If you’re thinking about becoming a drummer, chances are you look up to Dave Grohl, at least a little bit. On the debut album, Foo Fighters, he played all the instruments on the album, except for one guitar part on one song. The drumming continued at a high level when the rest of the band formed, and this book is designed to help you learn to drum like the Foo Fighters. The parts are a little simplified, but it’s not for experts. It provides lyrics and melody for ambitious types who want to drum and sing at the same time.
The book comes with two play-along cds to help you learn each song and don’t miss the drum key on the back page. If you’re just starting out, that’s going to be pretty important.
By pure happenstance, it appears that I’ve put these in order of increasing difficulty. The Chili Peppers are a pretty good choice, though, for getting into the drums. They’re not super complicated, but the quick beats are fun and interesting enough to satisfy the ambitious beginner. The selections are favorites that, even if you don’t know the band, you probably know the songs. Like the Foo Fighters book, there is a play along cd that will help you to follow the sheet music if you’re having trouble. Each piece of music has its own key, so you shouldn’t have any trouble knowing which piece of your kit to whack and when. If I understand drums correctly, that’s all there is to it!
*Sonifly has become Band Merch Now