This book has become a classic and standard in drumset instruction.
Drumset Essentials, published by Alfred Music, was carefully designed with meticulous attention to detail to be the best method for drummers of any skill level. The series teaches the art of drumming in a logical progression that is clearly written and thorough in its content. A play-along CD is included for each volume sold at this website that contains play-along tracks without drums as well as complete band tracks with which students can listen to Peter’s drumming approach and style.
With Drumset Essentials, Vol. 1, Peter takes you step by step from the very beginning with the most fundamental concepts about technique and musicality discussed and illustrated in detail. Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished drummer, Peter’s basic rules are sure to improve your skills. Volume 1 concentrates on essential hand and feet techniques, and the most elementary beats with variations. The accompanying CD contains examples of many of the written exercises for listening and play-along use, with 4 very hip jazz + pop tracks.
Peter Erskine’s book, Drumset Essentials, explains the fundamentals of drumset playing clearly and musically and is full of practical tips and personal musical perspectives that only Peter himself would be able to notice and articulate. The play-along CD is a hip touch — I wish this package was available when I was first starting out.
— Steve Smith
This book and CD are a must for any teacher or student.
— J.C. Combs, Professor of Percussion, Wichita State University
…the tracks are fun to play along with and Peter’s playing on those songs offers plenty of musicality and feel for those with ears to hear.
— David Garibaldi
Maestro Erskine has developed a teaching method that is parallel to his background and musicality…immense. These are the best and most fun lessons I’ve ever had. Thank you Peter…
— Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez
This is the book I would choose for introducing any student to the drumset.
— Chad Wackerman