The Well Prepared Percussionist Will Always Prevail

Book 1 - Snare Drum Method Classical & Rudimental

Learn percussion in a FUNdamental way

Cover of Book 1

Book 1 Table of Contents 260 pages


Chapter 1 -  Pg. 4 

Snare, Stick, Matched Grip & Stroke

Chapter 2 -  Pg. 18

Traditional. Grip, Stroke, Note/Rest Values

Chapter 3 - Pg. 31

Learning to Read. Write & Count

Chapter 4 - Pg. 41

Pulsing. Quarter Notes/Rests

Chapter 5 - Pg. 50

HHT & Playing Eighth Notes

Chapter 6 - Pg. 65

More Eighth Notes/Rests, Counting

Chapter 7 - Pg. 78

Drum Roll Dev., Z Rolls & Dynamics

Chapter 8 - Pg. 93

Dynamics, 16th Notes & Counting

Chapter 9 - Pg. 104

More 16th Note/Rest Rhythms

Chapter 10 - Pg. 112

Con't Roll Dev., & 8-16-16 Combos

Chapter 11 - Pg. 127

More 16-16-8 Combos

Chapter 12 - Pg. 138

Dotted Notes, Back Sticking & Accents

Chapter 13 - Pg. 148

16th Rhythms & Classical Rolls 

Chapter 14 - Pg. 156

The Rudiments & 32nd Notes

Chapter 15 - Pg. 170

Roll Rudiments 5, 7, 9, & 10, Education Supports

Chapter 16 - Pg. 182

Rudiments - The Flams

Chapter 17 - Pg. 195

Triplet Rhythms

Chapter 18 - Pg. 204


Chapter 19 -  Pg. 214

Flam Rudiments, Con't.

Chapter 20 - Pg. 220

Rudiments - The Drags

Chapter 21 - Pg. 232

The Grid & 6/8 Time

Chapter 22 - Pg. 244

6/8 Classical Rolls

Chapter 23 - Pg. 251

Master Pieces

About Book 1

Beginning Snare Drum Method, 260 pages

  • All information presented in sequential order to learn percussion for beginners
  • American Traditional counting (1 e & ah) and Rhythmic Pulsation counting (1 ta te ta) presented side by side for instructors choice to teach
  • Traditional and Matched grips presented
  • Duple & Triple, whole note/rests to 32nd notes /rests, with counting presented
  • Publishing of all original etudes and exercises, that can be used for performance tests, chair challenges, solo & ensemble
  • 28 of the 40 Rudiments for snare presented, along with etudes for use
  • Classical performance technique for snare
  • Special sections in chapters: Creative Writing Exercises (composition), Musical Writing (Spelling the rhythmic alphabet) and Musical Math (thinking subdivision of time).  Sections that can be used for assessment of student performance
  • Learning how to Score Study
  • Presenting care for all percussion equipment and how the section functions as a team for the long term.  (Retention of students to your program)
  • Encouraging practice out side the band hall & how to set up a practice area
  • Full length Etudes to provide opportunities for score study prep, styles of playing, musical fundamentals used in playing and performance
  • Tips sections to help students understand how to get supports, to buy sticks etc...
  • Use of the metronome for all practice
  • Can be used for private drum lessons


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Book 1 smaple pages

Chapter 6 cover page

All cover pages for each Chapter begin with a review section for the student or class to review.  As educators it is important to build a practice ethic but with the competition that is presented to students  once the final day's bell rings, students will not practice until taught and encouraged to do so.  

The review section for each new chapter covers the previous chapter's highlights. 

Each chapter concludes with an "Assignments Section" to help each student organize their efforts at home for practice and learning how to maximize that practice time.  The conclusion of each chapter features several educational sections from Creative Writing Exercises (CWE), a musical writing assignment to teach the rhythmic alphabet and a musical math section to teach students to learn to subdivide rhythms and counting against note and rest values.

Valuable "TIPS" sections are provided to help percussionists learn more about their craft.

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Presentation of both popular counting systems

As an instructor I wish I had a book that demonstrated both counting systems.  To this point, I have not seen such a book until Sticks on Skins.  I was always frustrated with the fact that I felt like I needed to ask the students to purchase about three to five separate books to get access to all of the varied fundamental information I wanted for a year of beginner class.  Thus I approached the design of SoS Master Method with that very thought in mind. 

I have tried to offer any instructor the options they would like to have for guided curriculum in one book series.  Thus the American Traditional and Rhythmic Pulsation counting systems are presented, side by side, for the instructor to choose which system they want to use.

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32nd notes and rests & extending the Traditional American system to be able to count and use at the 32nd level

The Rhythmic Pulsation counting system was a complete rhythmic alphabet counting system, which addressed all subdivision levels of a beat of time, since it was first designed.  It works in both duple and triple rhythms.

The Traditional American system was originally designed to only go through the 16th note and rest subdivision of a beat and there was no way to count any rhythm based in triple feel.  Due to the wonderful effects of DCI on modern music, composers and arrangers, the beginner percussion student must be able to read through at least the 32nd level.  Thus, SoS created a way to do that in both duple and triple for the Traditional American system.  If you do not agree with our suggestions then great, but please make sure you show your beginners how to address these issues and please do not use fruit to count.  Interesting idea but this does not help a beginning student identify subdivision of a single individual beat within the measure against the time signature.

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This book covers 28 of the current 40 accepted rudiments.  These are the rudiments that beginners will most often encounter in band concert music and is also the rudiments they will need to know for any type of competitions at the beginner level and beginner level drum line, if offered.  

The student is shown how to use either counting system to always know where they are, exactly, within every written measure, in time, in tempo. A bouncing and non-bouncing surface are used to develop the rudiments throughout Master Method.

The book encourages students to count out loud when in class or practicing.  A percussionist MUST develop a great sense of body rhythm to go along with the musical understanding of performance fundamentals.

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A different way to help beginners learn to track music

Many method books rely on students going over and over the same static four measures of line after line of rhythmic fundamentals.  True that system is used to some extent but every four lines a REVIEW exercise is inserted to help students understand that the measures will change one after the other. 

There are countless ideas and planned original exercises and etudes for students to learn to score study and prepare for performance.

These original works can be used for assessment by the instructor for pass lines, chair challenges, performance/adjustment opportunities and for grading.  We all know that each student will learn differently and that each student will progress at different levels of development.  The challenge in teaching beginning percussionists is to guide and nurture each drum section's members to achieve a final result of having a confident, well trained and motivated group.  From the beginner level to high school graduation these students should be together for some seven years.  Retention is key to having a successful band and drum program.  Master Method tries to instill a personal confidence and then helps mold that into a group mentality where band is first.  Job 1. - Keep the Beat.  Job 2 - We serve the Band! Job3 - Care for and take responsibility for all percussion equipment.

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