Learning from the Master


No one has produced more valuable educational materials on rudiments than George Lawrence Stone. Born in South Boston, Stone held the titles of percussionist, teacher and author. After he joined the musician’s union at age 16 as its youngest member, Stone played solo xylophone on the circuit. He also served as a regimental drummer, and played with several Boston area orchestras. In 1933 he was one of the founding members of NARD, the National Association of Rudimentary Drummers. When he was not playing Stone lectured, taught, and judged drum competitions. His books represent some of the all-time best sellers in the field of percussion. In 1997 Stone was added to the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. (Full bio here) Here are his most noteworthy titles:

Military Drum Beats: For School and Drum Corps- Including Individual Exhibition Beats and the Original 26 Rudiments of Drumming – by George Lawrence Stone

This compact reference book begins with the original 26 Essential Rudiments of Drumming. These are followed by 36 passages and pieces based on the rudiments, all useful for the drum corps teacher and/or player. Military Drum Beats is the perfect introduction to corps rhythms.

Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer – by George Lawrence Stone

In the words of the author, this is the ideal book for improving control, speed, flexibility, touch, rhythm, lightness, delicacy, power, endurance, preciseness of execution, and muscular coordination, with extra attention given to the development of the weak hand.

Accents and Rebounds: For the Snare Drummer – by George Lawrence Stone

The follow-up to the classic Stick Control, this book builds on the basics with accent routines and more advanced rhythms to improve the player’s finesse and control. This book includes sections on accented eighths, dotted notes, and triplets, as well as rebound control and more.

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