Jeff Williams, Professor at Royal Academy of Music in London

“Daniel has concisely synthesized technical aspects of drumming with musicality and improvisation. If this were the only drum book on the market, there’s enough guidance here to help any serious student advance significantly. And the inspired inclusion of a transcription of master soloist Frankie Dunlop is a great bonus. Highly recommended.”

Jeff Williams (Student of Alan Dawson and worked with Paul Bley, Dave Liebman, Milt Hinton, Joe Farrell, Richie Beirach, Michel Petrucciani, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Stan Getz, Joe Lovano et al.)


Gert Mortensen, Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen

“The Sound of Jazz Drumming is not an ordinary drum book, but rather a project that focuses on explaining how to evolve into an independent Jazz musician. It will help you in building a solid foundation on which you can nurture your own style and personality with an array of elements such as sound, phrasing and creative improvisation. If only this material were available during my early stages of playing in Jazz bands as a young teenager.”
Gert Mortensen (Recognised as one the leading concert and solo percussionists in the world)

The Sound of Jazz Drumming

– creativity and development in melodic phrasing


The aim of The Sound of Jazz Drumming is to encourage and inspire other drummers to dig deeper into what they are playing or exploring at any moment during their practice sessions. Learn about melodic phrasing, quintuplets in swing, soloing, playing straight 8th notes with motivating coordination exercises, and much more.

The book provides one hundred examples, based on 10 Jazz standards on how to be creative with melodic phrases – e.g. based on the two-bar opening phrase of “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Sammy Fain.
The book also includes dedicated technical exercises to develop your single and double strokes.

Read more about the book here

Hand holding stick demonstrating grip and stroke on snare drum

exercises about creative development for melodic phrases