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Play jazz drums with tremendous facility and authentic vocabulary. Learn to develop your own sound, perform a wide variety of essential jazz time feels, and improvise dynamic fills and solos, taught in the tradition of Alan Dawson and other Berklee luminaries of drum education.


This approach to jazz drumming presents a unique blend of four-way coordination, comping vocabulary, and soloing/improvisation concepts, infused with world rhythms. It will help you to develop a deep, practical understanding of how to play jazz drums, and to develop your own personal sound and style.

You will learn to:

  • Deepen your sense of swing and overall timing

  • Understand the ride cymbal’s critical role in jazz time-keeping

  • Apply the rudimental language of jazz

  • Develop your independence, via some of the great Alan Dawson’s signature exercises and “The Rudimental Ritual”

  • Play brushes and brush patterns

  • Improvise captivating drum set solos

  • Incorporate world rhythms into jazz

  • Read and interpret drum charts



Expand your musical depth and bring new levels of power and speed to your drumming. Orchestrate sticking patterns into drum grooves. Open up and explore the fundamental rudiments, singles, doubles, flams, paradiddles, and ratamacues. Go beyond pattern concepts to make stickings flow smoothly into one another, so that you can better express your musical ideas.

Master drummer and Berklee professor Casey Scheuerell shows how basic stickings translate into drum set inventions and orchestrations. Technical explanations and extensive practice exercises with the play-along CD will help you make your fills become more vibrant and your solos more virtuosic.

  • This book will help you to:

  • Master the basic sticking possibilities

  • Increase your solo vocabulary

  • Transmit improvisational ideas from your brain to your drums

  • Develop fluid technique

  • Improve your sight-reading skills

  • Apply these techniques to rock, funk, Latin, reggae, swing, and blues

“Taking inspiration from his teachers Alan Dawson and Gary Chaffee, drummer/author Casey Scheuerell has crafted an ingenious system combining drum rudiments and contemporary rhythms whereby teachers and students can embark on a series of short-term study goals with long-term effects. This book will prove beneficial to the beginning as well as veteran player, providing each with a window through which disciplined practice will bring creative results. Bravo, Casey!” 

Peter Erskine 

Drummer for Weather Report, Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, L.A. Philharmonic 

“Casey Scheuerell is one of my inspirations in drumming. His excellence as a player and teacher are evident in his book, Stickings & Orchestrations for Drum Set. Whether groovin’ the funk, swinging some jazz, or getting your hands together, this book will help you play better. Each exercise is a gem, a seed to creativity, with kickin’ charts and a slammin’ play-along CD.”

  - John Blackwell

Groovemaster for Prince, Patti Labelle, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy

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