Stick Control: For the Snare Drummerby George Lawrence Stone
George Lawrence Stone's Stick Control is the bible of drumming. In 1993, Modern Drummer magazine named the book one of the top 25 books of all-time. In the words of the author, it 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. This indispensable book for drummers of all types includes hundreds of basic to advanced-level rhythms, moving through categories of single-beat combinations, triplets, short roll combinations, flam beats, flam triplets and dotted notes, and short roll progressions.
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Stick Control is such a classic amongst drummers everywhere. It is great for hand conditioning, and written in a way that one plays the same rhythm over and over - but with various stickings, thus making it more interesting and challenging - while one is engaging in repetition which develops control, endurance, speed and power. Many have taken the first 3 pages and devised several additional ways to apply these exercises. Others have applied the book to their feet. Many have also developed proper ergonomic/efficiency stroke motions first (e.g., Free Stroke/Rebound), and then applied it to the exercises in this book while using a metronome for one minute straight.
This book was originally written in 1935, and it is still around, which says a lot. If you want a good book to build up your hands, or develop your weaker hand, this one is great. There is even a list of professional drummers who have used( endorsed) it on the inside leaf : )