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"Songs on the Side helps me and my students
stay abreast of contemporary music as well
as learning about older styles. The charts are
clear and the backings are fun to use."

David Hicks (AUS) - Percussion faculty
@ Scotch College and author of Stick Figures


Sample page (.pdf format)
Three Word Title

Backing tracks (mp3 format)
are available to download here.

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securely online for $29.95 (+p/h)




"Dan's material is designed for the young drummer with a focused "performance practice" in mind
and offers a challenging blend of groove styles, ensemble playing and chart reading skills.
Check it out!"

David Stanoch (USA) - Drummer/educator
and author of Mastering the Tables of Time



Songs on the side

A collection of contemporary compositions from intermediate to advanced level, many of which have been selected for study in the current VCE & ANZCA drumset syllabi.

"Dan has created a very unique learning journey for the drummer who is up for a bit of a challenge. Incredible job Dan!"

Sean Mitchell (USA) - The Black Page Magazine

Certain artists came to mind during the compositional process and sometimes became a reference point when mixing the backing tracks. Next to the song titles below are links to those that have inspired this book.

Glow stick - The Presets | Pendulum
Threee word title - Paramore | Panic at the disco
Formerly known as - Portishead | Prince
Brothers in metal - Iron Maiden | Pantera | Metallica
You gotta get hot... - Warner Bros. | Ben Folds Five
Groove metal workout - Karnivool | Meshuggah
Jazz comping solo - John Riley
Beyond the starlight - 311 |Cold Chisel
Box Hill - Dave Weckl | Frank and John Corniola
Spiral out - Tool
Freedom calling - Charley Wilcoxon | Graham Morgan
Hey man, slow down - Chad Wackerman | Radiohead
The slightly black page - Frank Zappa


"Your book appears to be an excellent product and
should be checked out by as many as possible."

Barry Young (NZ) - reknown educator and
clinician from New Zealand - barryyoung.co.nz





Creative Drumming Made Simple

Unlike other beginner drumset texts, CDMS guides the student through the creative process after presenting new technical material - giving them an opportunity to inspire themselves and build musicality.

There are many pages dedicated to
creating your own rhythms, grooves, fills, solos and entire songs - complete with 15 audio tracks to download and play along with. Many of the included songs and studies can be performed in ANZCA drumset exams.

Here are some sample pages (.pdf format)
Make your own rhythms - Crazy left hand grooves
Space Quest


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Drum Teacher Toolbox

About 60 pages of exercises and compositions that are perfect for bonus lesson material - designed and guaranteed to fit alongside any teaching method!

"Drum Teacher Toolbox is economical, yet far reaching and very musically-minded. This is a thoughtful study designed to save a teacher's time while offering a student the chance to 'hit all the right notes.' If you teach young players or just want to brush up on your own foundation, you owe it to yourself to check it out!"

David Stanoch - Percussion faculty @ McNally Smith College of Music (USA) and author of Mastering the Tables of Time


This product is now free to download from the
Teacher Stuff page.


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