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10 Rad Gifts Drummers Will Fall In Love With

Drumming is a musical, but also a physical activity. These gifts are specially designed for hardcore and beginner drummers, and will definitely be appreciated

Drummers are super passionate about all things related to their music. Anything that helps them perform better, anything creates a crisper sound they will be thankful for. And hey – they might start liking you more than their drum kit if you keep coming back to this list every holiday season.

#1 Hijinx & Hearsay by Martin Keller

Hijinx & Hearsay by Martin Keller
IT’S LIKE A BACKSTAGE PASS TO HANG WITH YOUR FAVORITE ROCK STAR, COMEDIAN, WRITER AND OTHER SHAKERS AND MOVERS — That’s how one writer and musician described the new book, Hijinx & Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota’s Pop Life

A fun and insightful fragmented memoir created by two journalists who covered the scene from the late 70s to early 90s, the book is supported by 150 black and white photos from an era about recording artists, comedians, writers, movers and shakers and others that continue to have an impact on today’s popular culture fronts.

The guy who wrote the Forward is also the author of the definitive Replacements biography, Bob Mehr.

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#2 PAINCAKES The Cold Pack That Sticks & Stays in Place

PAINCAKES The Cold Pack That Sticks & Stays in Place
The gift that heals! PAINCAKES is the first STICKABLE cold therapy. We’ve all used an ice pack after an injury. You’ll need to hold them in place (cold hands) or use a strap to keep in position (they never stay in place and cut off circulation). It’s infuriating and incredibly inconvenient.

With PAINCAKES you can stick-it your relief exactly where you need it — then refreeze and re-stick over and over. Yes, just Chill. Stick. Go! Managing pain has never been easier.

Olympic Champion Mia Hamm uses PAINCAKES. Though developed by and for athletes, anyone can use them.

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#3 Alfred’s Drum Method by Sandy Feldstein

Alfred's Drum Method by Sandy Feldstein
This book starts from square one, and explains (with pictures) the fundamentals of holding drum sticks, striking the drum, and other key techniques. It also covers rhythmic notation and includes solos of increasing difficulty. Perfect for young and old beginner students alike.

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#4 Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer by Charley Wilcoxon

Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer by Charley Wilcoxon
This book provides a great reference for all essential drum rudiments, which are brief patterns common in solo/marching snare drum playing. It also includes solos which apply these rudiments, though strong rudiments can apply more broadly to a drummer’s tightness and control.

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#5 The Drumset Musician by Rick Mattingly

The Drumset Musician by Rick Mattingly
This book includes beginner and intermediate drum beat patterns, drum set anatomy, and drumming idioms for common styles/forms of music. Many different permutations offer the opportunity to develop a well-rounded vocabulary behind the kit.

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#6 The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley

The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley
This book is the go-to reference for jazz drumming. It covers swing patterns, comping, and play-along charts of real jazz tunes. Equally useful to the beginner and the professional, this book can be referenced throughout a drummer’s career.

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#7 Future Sounds by Dave Garibaldi

Future Sounds by Dave Garibaldi
David Garibaldi, of Tower of Power fame, has assembled an advance workbook of funk concepts and patterns. This rigorous book has endless examples of grooves and permutation studies, as well as notes on how to achieve desirable sounds from the kit. Great for a drummer seeking to reach the next level.

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#8 SUCK UK Drumstick pen

SUCK UK Drumstick pen
The drumsticks work just like normal pencils but transform into office instruments whenever the time is right. Perfect for spontaneous office drumming sessions! So unleash your inner Phil Collins and drive your friends, colleagues, fellow drummers and artists crazy in the process! Trust us, it’s easily done.

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#9 Drummer Nutritional Facts Ingredients Label Mug

Drummer Nutritional Facts Ingredients Label Mug
Enjoy your morning dose of caffeine with this funny design! This coffee mug is the perfect conversation starter.

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#10 Anatomy of Drumming by John L Lamb

Anatomy of Drumming by John L Lamb
Most books on musical instruments focus on what notes and keys to play, but no one ever talks about how you should play it and what playing long-term does to your body. Musicians, especially drummers, physically exert themselves playing their instrument often for long periods of time. If they’re putting on a performance, chances are they’re exerting themselves more than they would be if they were just playing the drums.

Give your drummer loved one this book and help them take care of their body more by using healthier playing techniques that will slow their body’s wear-and-tear, and help them avoid injury.

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Contributors to this article
Martin Keller from Minnesota Historical Society Press

Noah Soltes from PAINCAKES

Brian Reynolds from Sage Music

Sara Skirboll from The Real Deal by RetailMeNot

Dane Kolbaba from Dallas Party Ride

Written by James Jackson

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