Drum Books by Alain Rieder

Explore the world of rhythm, groove and melodic phrasing with these unique drum books!
Time Initiation Drum Book
Released in September 2023, this book offers a structured approach to teaching drums in a conceptual and creative way. It can be used for self-study.
It is aimed at both beginners and experienced drummers who want to review the basics with a balanced and constructive approach.
It presents innovative and interesting concepts, such as Pattern Morphing and Universal Fills, which will be useful for advanced drummers.
Its clear pedagogical structure makes it an essential tool for students and teachers. The book is bilingual - English & French - and includes a section on music theory focused on rhythm and drums. It is designed to be studied before or in parallel with Time Manipulation.
  • With more than six hours of downloadable audio.

Where to Buy
On this site (paperback & coil)
Lulu bookstore (paperback & coil)
Amazon (paperback)
Soon at Hudson Music (eBook)

Time Manipulation Drum Book
Time Manipulation is a critically acclaimed drum book that helps develop coordination in a groove context.
It is an advanced approach, yet accessible to drummers with basic reading knowledge.
Polyrhythms, beat displacements, metric modulations, and other advanced concepts—all are present to fuel your creativity.
It is the perfect book to continue developing the Pattern Morphing concept introduced in the Time Initiation drum book from the same author.
Spanning 140 pages, accompanied by downloadable MP3 audio files, this book is available in English or in French.
  • With more than one hour of downloadable audio

Where to Buy

On this site (paperback & coil)
Lulu bookstore (paperback & coil)
Amazon (paperback)
Hudson Music (eBook)

It is a very well thought-out book. I really liked the examples of beats you used. It seems to give an immediate result without sounding technically overbearing. Great work! Joey Baron

Alain Rieder has carefully assembled and designed this collection of beats (with various accompanying ostinatos), and it's suitable for drummers of most every level. As an adjunct to a musical course of study, I can recommend it. Peter Erskine

I find that Alain's book "Time Manipulation" can help in many different areas such as reading, coordinated independence and phrasing. Used as a tool in a complete organized practice routine, I recommend it. Dave Weckl  

When I immersed myself in the pages written by Alain Rieder, I quickly realized that the book was worthy of the greatest interest. Alain Gozzo, Batteur Magazine  

These practice-oriented contents were already up-to-date in 1992, and they have remained so to this day. It is very good that this classic textbook is now being published in an extended new edition.Sticks Magazine (D), 2018

Fun, inspiring, and educational Modern Drummer Magazine (USA), 2019  

The material is sophisticated, precise, highly informative and very musical. Drums & Percussion Magazine (D), 2019


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