Let's Meet The eBooks
1 - The Complete Drummer's Guide (Full Version)
In eBook format & can be downloaded for only $14.95 USD!
This is the most popular book in the series, and can be summarised as: "Progressive Steps To Syncopation, Applied To The Drum Set." So it's like having The Ted Reed syncopation book, only applying the Ted Reed book to the drum set. That plus 5 other books, "All In One." If you learn the contents of this book, you'll be able to read any drum part, presented in any drum chart, drum book, or drum transcription.
Also included are 135 backing tracks, plus drum charts, 12 additional free bonus backing tracks, plus drum charts, as well as, 34 additional percussion grooves.
The Complete Drummer's Guide (Full Version) features 211 pages, plus a total of 180 backing tracks all up.
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2 - The Complete Drummer's Guide (Beginner's Version)
In eBook format & can be downloaded for only $4.95 USD!
As the name suggests, this is a very beginners method for learning how to play the drums & features 104 pages, plus 26 backing tracks. Click Here To Download A Free Sample.
This method is great for drum students as young as five years old & is the precursor to The Complete Drummer's Guide (Full Version & Printed Version).
Due to the simplified format it can also be utilised as a self teaching method.
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3 - The Complete Drummer's Guide (Book Of Drum Charts)
In eBook format & can be downloaded for only $7.95 USD!
Your Attention Please: This eBook contains all of the backing tracks plus drum charts. Therefore, for those who have purchased the printed version of The Complete Drummer's Guide (which is only available in Aust. NZ & Malaysia) downloading this eBook will give you all of the extra material that is not included within the printed book (i.e. all of the "Plus Drums" & "Solo Drums" backing tracks, as well as the additional more advanced backing tracks, plus their accompanying drum charts).
Also please note, this is a stand alone option for those who would like to incorporate a graded method of drum charts plus backing tracks into their studies (i.e. this material will complement any drum study program or method).
Also included with this download is a free copy of "The Complete Drummer's (Book Of Transcriptions).
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4 - The Complete Drummer's Guide (Book Of Transcriptions)
In eBook format & can be downloaded for only $3.95!
This book features 65 drum transcriptions, ranging from classic pop, to progressive rock, with some contemporary jazz & swing. It also features 65 MP3 audio files of the solo drum parts, to each transcription.
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5 - Free Bonus "Cruise Ship Drumming" Workbook
This all new eBook is all about performing in the Show band position on cruise ships and is divided into 2 parts.
Also included is a full length backing track, which runs for over 37 minutes and features 15 separate tunes within.
Part 1 - is all about what's involved in the show band position. And part 2 - is the drum charts section, where you'll get to read and play the written drum charts, along to the full length backing track. There's also links to the 2 main music agencies.
The idea of this eBook is to help prepare you for full time paid work in the constantly growing cruise ship industry.
Please note: If you who would like to become a cruise ship show-band drummer, then being able to sight-read the drum charts presented within this eBook, along to the accompanying, full length backing track, is a must for you. However, if reading is not your thing then please forget the possibility of becoming a cruise ship show band musician.
To learn the ins and outs of sight-reading, please download, "The Complete Drummer's Guide (Full Version).
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About The Author:
Tom Jackson is the Author of "The Complete Drummer's Guide Series" and although originally from Australia, Tom now resides in Cebu, The Philippines.
Tom has had extensive experience backing many of Australia's top professional singers, TV personalities and recording artists.
Artists such as: Normie Rowe, Margaret Urlich, Kerry Anne Kennerly, Rhonda Burchmore, Little Patty, Ross D Wylie, Karen Knowles, James Blundell and many others.
Tom has performed in groups, ranging from, rock cover bands, to jazz trios, quartets and quintets, to big band jazz, funk, fusion, freelance drumming, studio recording sessions, teaching and drum clinic demonstrations.
Tom has also played behind world renowned artists, such as: The Drifters, and Grammy Award winning artists, The 5th Dimension.
Tom has also backed Philippine recording artist: Rico J. Puno and Kuh Ledezma, when they toured Australia, as well as world renowned Philippine contemporary jazz recording artist: Boy Katindig, whenever Boy tours Cebu.
As from 2000 until recently, Tom has regularly performed all over the world as a show band drummer, musical director and bandmaster, on board many of the world's most luxurious cruise ships, employed by the following cruise ship companies: Princess, Renaissance, Cunard, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Regent, Oceania and Azamara.
While performing on cruise ships, as well as performing in and conducting, cruise ship show bands, Tom has also performed and lead, several jazz trios and lounge band quartets.
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Hi, my name is Nick Karasavvidis and I'm a professional musician and music educator. I have toured Australia, performed for various Australian celebrities, major festivals, performed on television, and have studied at one of the most prestigious music schools in Australia and I owe the basis of my drumming education to Tom Jackson and his teaching methods.
I have now been teaching for over 18 years, using Tom's books for the basis of my teaching methods ever since, because I get results. And simply put, the books work and most of all, they don't discriminate. There's an attitude in the way they are written, that anyone can learn the drums, regardless of natural ability.
I highly recommend any publication written by Tom Jackson.
The Complete Drummer's Guide is such a great book. I've spent years teaching from it and have designed my web site as a student resource, from the work that's covered in it. It's my no.1 tutor reference. I use it every day that I teach and that's a lot.
Thanks Tom for all the hard work keeping it current and comprehensive. All my students have a copy. It's such a great resource and I thoroughly recommend it.
The Complete Drummer's Guide is the ultimate drum method book. It covers the 4 main beat studies of drumming: 8th note rock, 16th note funk, shuffles and jazz. NO other book has been so thorough. It even has all 40 rudiments and hybrid rudiments as well. I have tried just about every method and most books only get 3 of the beat studies and then Latin grooves are also introduced here. I've been teaching for over 10 years and this is THE method book to get for any drum school. I have made this book the main text for the students at the Bermuda Drum Institute!!!
Outstanding book - Extraordinary value.
I learnt from this book when I first started out & now I use it with all of my students. It was a great method back then & this upgraded eBook version is even better. It covers a lot of ground & is presented in a logical format. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone.
Amazing Brilliant, well executed drum method.. It's a must as it covers all styles.
Love your work Tom Jackson.
Hi Tom, just a quick note to let you know I really appreciate your work. I have purchased your material and know it will be of great assistance to me and my students.
Best wishes to you and your family.
Exceptional & Logical.
This book is extremely thorough and implements all the drumming elements in logical and fun way. I recommend this book to anyone who is starting out, or teaching themselves. Outstanding!!!!!!!
So cool! I love it.
It's been a while, but I just pulled out an old copy of this book recently, to help a student go over some basics. It was great. I had forgotten how clearly the fundamentals were explained and how engaging the whole layout is. Love this book.
Hey people's if you haven't seen Tom's range of books you will find them all of great use to drummers of all levels. This unique range has been among the staples of Australian percussion education for many many years. Tom's contribution to education over the years has been outstanding and I can't count the number of his books I have sold to budding drummers over the years. Well done mate, another super valuable contributor to our Aussie drumming community! All the best!
You've done a masterful job with your program. Thank you for the incredible effort you put forth to help aspiring drummers. I haven't yet begun working my way through, but I do have one initial comment. I would have expected to pay a great deal more for this package.
It's an amazing value. I'm sure you could sell the program for five or six times the price, and still leave your customers feeling like they got an awful lot for their money. You can be sure I'll recommend your book to my students, and anyone else wishing to learn to play the drums.
The 1 drumming book you will need to progress!
Many books will point you to specific needs but will leave you confused at the end. Most books specialise on a specific topics but fail to teach foundational stuffs to give rationale on the subject and so that the learning drummer would be able to play it faster and better and understand the use of exercises and licks in real life scenario. Tom in his book was successful in doing that. A step by step complete guide to drumming that will lead you to playing clean and playing different styles you never thought you'll be able to play. Indeed, a non negotiable book for a drummer. Hope this will be a classic one day.
An Excellent Resource for Students and Enthusiasts
I have used this book for many years both in my own development and with students of mine. The charts are impeccably notated and provide a good body of knowledge for drummers at all levels. The charts provide an insight into many drumming styles in a way that is very exciting to learn.
As a drummer/percussionist/educator of over 35 years I have performed with The Sharp, Tina Arena, U.K pop megastars ABC, Scott Owen (The Living End), The Chantoozies, Brian Cadd, Russel Morris, John Paul Young, Grace Knight, Archie Roach, Shane Howard, Paul Gray (Wa Wa Nee) Sean Kelly (The Models), Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera) James Freud (The Models), and Michael Spiby (The Badloves).
I teach drums and percussion full-time at Peninsula Grammar in Victoria and use Tom’s book on a daily basis to take beginners through the fundamentals of note naming and recognition to where they can apply that knowledge to playing patterns around the drum kit. The sequential approach to learning gives students of all ages the opportunity to build on their learning in a practical way which gives them a feeling of achievement. The backing tracks give musical context to the learning giving students further satisfaction.
I am happy to recommend Tom’s book to teachers and students of all ages,
The Benefits Of Learning
The Fundamentals Of Drumming:
Let’s now talk about the benefits of learning all the fundamentals of drumming and how doing so can really have a positive impact on your drumming ability and possible future as a professional drummer.
However, before diving in, please allow me to clarify one thing first. In order to become successful at anything you need to be highly motivated and goal oriented. Therefore without these attributes there's little to no chance of really getting anywhere. So basically it's up to you.
For those of you who know the importance of this, you'll also know that progressing in baby steps, one at a time, is the secret to successfully learning any skill. That combined with a self belief, a definite goal and regular practice, will result in you getting there. And that’s where “The Complete Drummers’s Guide (Full Version)” can benefit you.
“The Complete Drummers’s Guide (Full Version)” offers you the blueprint with all the necessary steps that will get you from a beginners level, all the way to a working professional level.
Covered within this method are all of the rudiments (including additional hybrid rudiments). Drum beats in nearly every style of music. Drum fills. Beats and fills together. Drum soloing ideas. Linear drumming ideas. An array of re-work concept ideas, that turn the book into an open ended drum set study. 135 backing tracks to play along to, plus drum charts for these backing tracks. Plus a whole lot of extra bonus material.
In fact if you complete this method you will be able to:
1 - Read any drum chart or any drum beat pattern from any drum book.
2 - Play drums in all styles of music.
3 - Develop and have chops to burn.
4 - Play musically and with precision timing.
5 - Improvise your own ideas at will (i. e. you won't be locked down to only being able to copy someone else's licks, you'll be able to do your own thing).
And 6 - Therefore have full command of your instrument and have more fun playing the drums.
In a nut shell “The Complete Drummers’s Guide (Full Version)” is like having the “Ted Reed Progressive Steps To Syncopation For The Modern Drummer” book, applied to the drum set, from start to finish.
In other words, this method presents to you first basic timing exercises (ala Ted Reed style) that once you’ve mastered, you’ll then get presented with coordinated drum beat patterns based on that timing.
Then once you’ve mastered the drum beat patterns that are related to this timing, you’ll then get to play these beats and patterns along to the various backing tracks provided.
Therefore it’s like a 3 step process. Step 1 - timing first. Step 2 - drum beat patterns based on that timing. And step 3 - playing these patterns along to the selected backing tracks. In fact you could think of this process as “Progressive Steps To Syncopation Applied To The Drum Set.”
In fact this is the principle behind this method and why it has become so popular and acclaimed as the industry standard drum publication down-under (where it was first introduced). Now it’s available to anyone anywhere via this even more comprehensive and upgraded eBook version.
“The Complete Drummers’s Guide (Full Version)” is also unique because it covers everything “All In One.” So it offers a complete systematic step by step, drum set related course, that once mastered, would enable you to then specialise in specific drumming styles of your choice later on.
However this course is not just about playing along to the 135 backing tracks. They're great, but they are only just a part of the process overall.
It's also not just about knowing all the rudiments. They're important and will help you gain control and speed and you'll be able to play cool drum fills and drum solos etc.
It's also not just about being able to read music (reading music is a means to play music, not the other way around). Being able read music simply benefits you by opening more doors for you.
So What Is It All About Then?
Well, it's about all of those elements combined into one. It’s about "connecting all the dots." It's a formula that presents each step in the right order. It's a step by step process that will lead you down a proven pathway that will get you real results. That in a nut shell is what “The Complete Drummer’s Guide (Full Version)” is all about.
However this is not a quick fix gimmicky approach to learning the drums. This is the real way to get results, and requires your effort to get there.
As mentioned above, this popular drum method is about "connecting all the dots." It starts you off from the very beginning and gradually leads you to the end, missing nothing in between.
However in reality it leads you to a new beginning, not the end. A new beginning because when you've learnt all the material within this method, then your real journey and development as a professional working and paid drummer, will begin.
In completing this method you would have learnt all the fundamentals of drumming, which are the necessary building blocks, and you will have also explored other ideas along the way. That's the way to become a well rounded professional drummer. Then you're ready to work and get paid for your efforts. So if that is something that interests you? Then I urge you to take action now and start working towards your future today.
If you want to learn the whole story, not just part of it, do yourself a favour and buy and download “The Complete Drummers’s Guide (Full Version)” today and start your journey towards success in drumming. It will only cost you the price of a pair of drum sticks.
But unlike buying a pair of drum sticks, which you will need to do often throughout your drumming career, buying this method is a one time option. And doing so will give you the blue print, or the layout, if you like, of all the steps that are necessary to get you to the level that you know you want and need to get to.
The fact is that all of today's top working professional drummers have studied the fundamentals of drumming and know them inside out. Once you know them too, the sky will be the only limit for you. So get started and enjoy your ride to success. So that you too can eventually become a paid working professional drummer.
Hi guys, now that you know more about myself and this series, please allow me to take this opportunity to explain to you a little about the history of this method, and the journey along the way. However, I must give you a warning here, this is quite a long story, so I don't want you to waste your time reading this, if such information doesn't interest you at all. This information is only presented here for those who would like to know all the gory details. So you have been warned. Everything though is factual.
However, before proceeding, I'd just like to inform you that, "The Complete Drummer's Guide (Full Version)" is the most popular book in the series and the testimonials presented within this web site, are mostly all related to the eBook and printed book versions, of this book. So from now on, I will refer this, as the main book. The other books in this series, are supplements to the main book and came later.
OK, so now to the story. Back in the early days, the main book was not entitled, "The Complete Drummer's Guide." The title of this book was, "Drumming from Top to Bottom." So "Drumming from Top to Bottom" came out first. And believe it or not, the beginner's book was the last book to be completed in the series. It's a kind of weird way to go about creating a sequential series, but that's just how things worked out.
Anyhow, back in the late 80's, I had been performing full time for over 10 years straight and suddenly the work dried up. I had held many residencies during that 10 year period, performing regularly, as much as 7 nights a week. To suddenly being lucky to perform 2 nights a week, or less. This was the same for nearly every pro musician back then. Therefore I would either have to go back to a day job, or find some other means of earning a regular income from drumming.
Interestingly, before I actually started performing for a living, I taught drums part time, at a couple of music stores, in Melbourne Australia. In particular, at "Ron Leigh's Music Factory." So when the performing work suddenly dried up, I decided to get back into teaching drums and luckily for me I was eventually able to land a full time drum teaching position, with the Victorian Education Department, as (what was called then) an itinerant, instrumental, music teacher.
This was a great opportunity and opened many new doors for me and I actually enjoyed the break from constantly performing at night, in bars and clubs, to having a regular day job, teaching drums at high schools. On top of that, I was still able to perform, mostly as a freelance drummer, on the weekends. So suddenly I felt more secure, knowing there was not going to be any lulls in my income anymore, certainly not while I continued working as a full time drum teacher. I could relax for now.
However, when I started teaching the drums full time, I decided to look for a suitable method that included all the fundamentals of drumming. One that I could supply, or recommend, to all of my new drum students. So I went on a quest to try and find such a method.
To my dismay, I couldn't find anything, other than what I had learnt from, which was about 6 different books. However I must say here, that these books were, and still are, all great, well known books. The problem is though, that drum teachers have to take bits and pieces, from each of these books, in order to make up a systematic method of sorts, to present to their students. And in reality, presenting multiple photo copies, from these type of books, is time consuming to do, students lose their copies, or forget to bring them to lessons, and it's a breach of copy right laws anyway, not that anyone ever really thinks about that part though.
So one day I was venting my frustrations about this, to a fellow colleague, who was also an instrumental music teacher, and to my surprise, he suddenly said, "well then, why don't you create your own method?" I looked at him with a dumbfounded look, like he was completely out of his mind, and said, "yeah right, like who's going to be interested in what I have to offer?" He replied back saying, "don't worry about that, just do it for yourself."
I just laughed off his suggestion and went on my way and continued looking for some kind of magical method. I thought surely there would be one somewhere. One that I hoped would suddenly appear on the scene, and one that would cover all the fundamentals of drumming in one book. Unfortunately this continued to be an elusive search for me.
Then came the end of year school holidays, for that first year of teaching full time, and after spending another week or so, at the beginning of these holidays, unsuccessfully looking for such a method, I got to thinking that, maybe my colleague friend had a point? Maybe I could compile a method of sorts and just do it for myself and my own students. Suddenly I jumped up and decided to go for it. I then spent the rest of this entire holiday period, working on this project day and night. Sometimes not sleeping at all, for 2 nights in a row.
Well the good news, is that by the time the holidays were over and the new school year started, I had completed my first book draught. However, the bad news was, now I really needed a holiday. And on top of that, my girlfriend at the time, decided to leave me, because I had no time for her.
So here I was, all excited that I had actually written a drum method, that I would be able to present to my students, which would give them a complete step by step guide, and so I was very happy about this, but also depressed at the same time, for obvious reasons (being totally exhausted and now girlfriend-less).
Anyhow, the best way to combat these situations, is to dive into new challenges, and even though I had completed my first draught, I did this by hand and it needed to be professionally typeset. Well interestingly, the music teacher colleague of mine, who suggested I should write my own method, actually did type setting on the side. So I hired him to professionally type set my book and he did so, and did a great job, which I obviously paid him for.
After spending a few weeks editing the book and fixing up all the typos etc., finally the book came out. My teacher friend also organised the printing, however he happened to put his own logo on the front cover, which at that time, I thought looked great. Little did I know however, that this could actually be a problem for me further down the track. Mainly because technically, it showed him as being the publisher, or certainly, showing his logo on the front cover, suggested him as being the publisher.
But back then, I didn't know anything about publishing and certainly nothing about legal publishing rights etc. I was just so happy to see the end result of all my hard work, show up in this cute looking, and quite professional looking, book publication.
I now had a new confidence about me and was very proud of my achievements here. The thing is, I had never even thought of doing anything like this before, and suddenly here was the finished product. Now all I had to do, was figure out what price to sell it to my students, etc?
Well, my intentions all along, were never to make any real money from this. I just wanted to make my life easier as a drum teacher, and easier for my students as well. So after paying all the costs (it turned out that each book cost me around $12 to print back then) I simply decided to sell them for $15, just to cover these costs and maybe to make a little bit on the side. But certainly not much.
And that's what I did. All my students at the time bought copies. Suddenly I noticed much quicker results with their progress. The principals at each school I would go to, were also extremely happy with this arrangement (because it gave me some additional credibility in their eyes) and so everyone was happy.
Then one day, a drummer friend of mine came over to my place and he happened to see my drum book, on the shelf. He picked it up to check it out and then asked, "hey Tom, where did you get this book from?" I said, "what book?" He said, "this one, it's called Drumming from Top to Bottom?" I said, "oh that book. Well, actually, I wrote it myself." He then said, "dude this is great, I've been looking for something like this for ages. Do you have any copies you could sell to me?"
I was completely shocked. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. This drummer friend of mine, actually liked my book, and on top of that, he wanted to buy some copies. So I said, "how many would you like?" He said, "20 copies for now." So I sold him 20 copies, right then and there and thought, wow, maybe writing this book was not such a bad idea after all.
Now keep in mind, that I only printed up 100 copies to start with, which was more expensive, when it comes to printing, because the more you print, the lower the unit cost. Anyhow a few weeks went by and this same guy called me up and asked for another 10 copies. Then one of his other friends called me up, a few days later and asked if he could buy some copies as well. Before long I had sold all 100 copies.
Now remember, that I only wrote this book, in the beginning, to serve my own students, as well as my own personal, drum teaching needs, and so my intentions in printing 100 copies, was so that this amount, would last me a couple of years at least. However, I had now sold all 100 copies, in less than 2 months.
So I thought, this is interesting, if I can sell these books to a couple of other drum teachers, maybe there are more drum teachers out there, who'd be interested in this also? So armed with yet some more confidence, I decided to create a second edition. This time I added a new section into the mix. This new version was about 20 pages longer and I simply entitled it as, "Drumming from Top to Bottom - 2nd edition." This time I paid for 300 copies, to be printed, and due to more word of mouth, it only took 3 months for this lot of 300 books to sell out.
Now I decided to go all out and create yet another section to the book and then entitled this all newly upgraded version as, "Drumming from Top to Bottom - 3rd edition" and had 2000 copies printed up, which at the time cost me a small fortune. However this time, I decided to start visiting the various drum stores and music stores, around Melbourne, to see if I could create some more interest.
The first music store I called into, was a store called "Blackburn Music." I asked for the manager at the time, and on meeting him, I showed him the book and he said, "yeah it looks pretty good actually, but we have a lot of drum books to sell and I'm not sure if we'd really be all that interested." This was the kind of response I was expecting anyhow, and so I said, "Ok, no problems, I'll see you next time, take care."
Just before I got to the door, the store manger Miles said, "hey Tom how about we simply do a swap? How about I give you a pair of drum sticks, to your liking and you give me the book in return? Then I'll just put the book on the shelf and let's see what happens, no harm done?" I was like, "wow, um, yeah, OK, let's do that then, sounds great." To be honest with you, it was no big deal really, but I felt really happy, that at least I wasn't being laughed at, or thrown out of the store.
Anyhow, about a week went by and Miles called me up and asked for 20 more copies, which I delivered to him in person. Apparently, he had shown the book to one of his drum teachers and the drum teacher instantly liked it and asked for copies, for each of his students.
After that, I decided that I needed to visit even more stores and to my surprise I received a great response at nearly all of them. In fact out of all the stores I visited, after Blackburn Music, which was about 10, only 1 manager said he wasn't interested.
So with an all new confidence level, I decided to up the anti and to visit as many stores as possible, and one particular store I visited was called "Mackin's Drum Shop." This store was actually closer to where I lived. In fact, I had decided firstly to visit stores, which were further away from me, because if anything went wrong, they wouldn't see me again, well for a while anyway.
Now, anyone who knows the owner of Mackin's (Bill) knows that he tells things the way it is. He doesn't suffer fools, in any way. So I showed him the book and then ask him if he would be interested in stocking it? He actually laughed at me and then went on to say, "son take a look at my shelf of drum books, over there. How many books do you see?" I then said, "maybe 100 or more." And he said, "exactly, so why in the world, would you think I'd be interested in yours, and who the hell are you anyhow?"
By this time in the game, I was a bit more confident with my selling techniques and keep in mind, that by now, I had quite a few regular customers, in the way of drum stores and general music stores. So I didn't flinch and simply told him that I had already supplied the book to a number of stores and had now been receiving re-orders. He still didn't give in though.
So I decided to try an idea on him. I told him that if he would give me $12.50 now (which was the price I had figured out, would be the wholesale price) and that if he would put the book on the shelf, for $18.95, but wasn't able to sell the book, within 1 month from that day, I would come back to visit him and give him his $12.50 back, and he could even keep the book, if he wanted to.
Interestingly, he couldn't argue with my logic. So he opened his till, took out $12.50 and actually threw it at me, and then walked off in a huff. It was a tough sell for me, but at least I got him to give it a try. However, I seriously expected that nothing was ever going to come of this and figured I would be back in a month to give him his $12.50 back.
Well, once again, about a week went by and one day the phone rang and it was Bill. Here's the conversation: "Tom, when can you come into the store?" I said, "why?" He said, "because I need at least 20 copies of your book." I said "your kidding, how come?" He said, "I'll tell you when you get here." So I loaded my car with a bunch of books and went to visit him.
The interesting thing was, he was suddenly quite nice to me this time. But he did say this, "What's so good about your book? I don't understand this. I've been trying to off load many of the books, I have on the shelf over there, for some time now and as you know, I wasn't all that impressed with what you came in to show me. So I decided to show it to my 2 top drum teachers in Geelong, and as soon as they checked out your book, they each wanted to start using it with their drum students. So all I want to know is, what's going on and why is it so appealing to these guys, when I have all the top books available in my store?"
My answer was this, "well I'm not sure Bill, but all I can say is that it seems to have the right combination of information. Information that relates to the way drum teachers teach drums. Basically I wrote it because I couldn't find a book myself, that had this information, presented in this way. Now it seems I'm not the only one who's been looking for something like this." Bill thought my answer was fair enough and after that, his store, along with many others, became regular buyers of my book and the publication started to spread all over Melbourne from then on.
A similar situation occurred, when I decided to up the anti and go and present the method, to the owner of "Billy Hydes Music." Back in those days, Billy Hydes were the big guns. Not only did they have several dedicated drum stores, in various major cities, throughout Australia. They were also wholesalers to nearly all of the major music retail outlets, Australia wide. So obviously I needed to get my book into their system.
So one day I decided to call their headquarters in Sydney and asked to speak with Gary Hyde. Lucky for me Gary was available, at the time, and when he came on the line, I quickly gave him my sales pitch and asked him if he would be interested in placing an order? Gary then said he would need to check it out first and simply asked me to personally mail him a copy, which I did as he requested.
However, about a month went by and I hadn't heard any news. So I decided to call the Sydney store again. This time when I asked to speak to Gary, I was told he was not available and was asked to please leave a message. So my message was to simply ask Gary to please check out my book at some stage. Anyhow about another week went by and I still hadn't heard anything. So once again, I called the main store and once again I obtained the same result.
I then waited another week, called up again and then received the same result yet again. This process continued a few more times after that. And then one day I decided to take action. So I called the Sydney headquarters, for what I hoped would be the final time. Once again I asked for Gary and once again I was told he was not available. So this time I left a message asking the assistant on the other end, to please ask Gary to return my package back to me and in doing so I won't bother him again. I then hung up.
Well, about 5 minutes later my phone rang and it was the man himself, Gary Hyde. In fact, when I answered the call, it really took me by surprise, as I certainly never expected to hear from him, or anyone at Billy Hydes again, for that matter. Gary was very nice and also very apologetic, and of course being as busy as he was, I should have known he wouldn't have had time to look at my book.
Anyhow here's the conversation: (Gary) "OK Tom, I'm looking at your book right now and I must say it's well presented. So the only way to see if this will work, is to simply try it out. Therefore please send me 20 copies." Wow, once again I was shocked. I thought, maybe he would order 1 or 2 copies, but certainly not 20. Especially considering all that I went through just to get him to look at the book. So at his suggestion, I delivered the 20 copies to the Melbourne branch. Interestingly, Billy Hydes ended up becoming one of my biggest customers, over the years and 1000's of copies have been sold through their stores, combined with the stores they supplied, as wholesalers. However the story doesn't end there.
Then one day I was approached by "Music Sales Australia P/L" (Australia's biggest print music distributors at the time) via a phone call from the managing director, Ken Hay, asking if I would be interested in having "Music Sales Australia" become the sole distributors of the book, throughout all of Australia and New Zealand. My answer, of course was yes, and so I went on to sign a 5 year sole distribution agreement with them and things took off in an even bigger way after that.
The only thing I will add to this part of the story, is that Ken, the managing director of "Music Sales Australia," asked me, after I'd sent him a copy of the book for him to check out, who was "such and such publishing" (I won't state the name here, for obvious reasons)?
This was the name that the typesetter (my colleague and friend) had placed on the front cover. Ken asked, "are they the publishers?" My reply was, "I'm not sure, because I don't really know that much about legal publishing rights." Ken then said, "who wrote the book?" I said, "I did." (Ken) "did you have any assistance?" (Me) "well, I paid this guy to typeset the book for me." (Ken) "in typesetting your book, did he actually add to your work in any way?" (Me) "no he didn't." (Ken) "then you're the publisher, good, so get rid of his logo on the cover, and then we'll go ahead with this deal." (Me) "OK I will get onto that."
I then met up with my friend and told him the news. At first he wasn't happy and insisted that he did in fact own part of the rights to my works. So I told him that from the information I had received, this was not the case. I then suggested we should both seek some legal advise. Eventually he came back to me and agreed that the content was all mine. So we departed on good terms (as good as could be expected, based on the circumstances) and then went on our separate ways.
Interestingly, this situation could have turned very ugly, that's for sure. However this guy was a sincere person and I think he was more hoping that he could be connected to my publication, rather than anything else. And he was a huge help in the process anyhow, which I thank him for dearly.
Further down the track, there was a much worse situation, than the story mentioned above. In fact this next saga became way uglier than the publishing rights story. But I won't go into any details about that here, only to say, that although it was a much bigger issue, this matter was eventually dealt with in a timely fashion, and was in fact, one of the reasons why I ended up changing the book name. But I won't bore you with any of those details here. I'll leave that for some other time and place. Overall my journey in all of this was, and still is, a very positive one, and for the sake of this transcript, let's stay on a positive note.
All I can say is this, whenever you embark on a journey, such as mine, be careful along the way, because you never know where things could end up. As my accountant and good friend John Lobo used to say to me, "Tommy when it comes to business, you don't have friends. Make things legal at every stage along the way. People get funny when it comes to money." I must say I didn't agree with him at the time. But if only I had listened to him back then, doing so would have saved me a lot of unnecessary anguish years later.
However, all is well that ends well, and these days I have full piece of mind. I finally know what's involved with this business and I guess you could say, I learnt the hard way, or, along the way. But having said that, I have had a great journey and now the journey continues in leaps and bounds. I have no regrets, only to say, I wish I knew more in hindsight. But the reality is, there's no one alive that doesn't think, or wish that.
These days "The Complete Drummer's Guide" is distributed by Hal Leonard Australia P/L and they do a great job of distributing my publication, throughout Australia and NZ. In fact, I don't have to do a thing anymore, they handle everything, and I just receive a royalty cheque every 3 months. And only recently I picked up a distribution deal within Malaysia, for the printed book. But that has only just begun and I'll need to wait and see what will come of that. But it certainly looks promising.
In conclusion, the main reason for writing this long winded and quite detailed story, is to let you know how this method came about and the way it which it became as popular as it has all over Australia. And the reason for this, is the reason I wrote the book in the first place, and that was, and still is, a method like this was missing in the marketplace.
"The Complete Drummer's Guide" covers all the fundamentals of drumming, in a logical step by step process and will leave you wondering, why in the world, no one else had written something similar before. If you're reading this and you're a drum teacher, you will know how frustrating it can be to find the right material for presenting all the fundamentals of drumming to your drum students. Especially when it comes to finding material that keeps their interests up the whole way.
Another reason I have taken the time to write this all down and to present it here, is to help explain to you what I went through to get to this point in time and how the book seemed to take off on its own. In fact I have never embarked on any formal advertising for this publication. Everything that happened above, did so through word of mouth and obviously being in the right place at the right time and of course my personal representation of the book to the stores in the first place.
The next step now, is to make this method available worldwide, not just for those within Australia and NZ and also now Malaysia. And that's where the eBooks comes in. With the inclusion of these all new eBook versions, this makes all of this available to anyone anywhere. Anyone who has access to the internet and possesses a computer, iPad or Android device. On top of that, the eBook version (of the main book) includes a lot of additional material that is not included within the printed version of this book. It also sells for less than half the price of the printed book version.
If you're a serious drum teacher, this book (as well as the others in this series) will make your life much easier. Why? Because this system gets results. Instead of presenting lots of loose sheets and photo copies to your students, taken from a variety of different books, you'll have at your finger tips, everything in one book. Your students will also enjoy lessons much more, mainly because they will feel confident with your guidance, knowing that all the necessary steps are being presented to them in a systematic order.
Another huge reason for the book's success is the inclusion of all the backing tracks throughout. This gives students a sense of purpose. Plus learning this way is way more fun for them. This also means this method is incentive based. In fact, each backing track is like a test, placed at the end of each section. Once each test is completed successfully, the student then progresses to the next level and so on. That's why you'll see results much faster. Everything learnt, throughout this book, is practically applied to music.
And I know wholeheartedly that if you adopt this method into your drum teaching program, you will also experience quicker and better results from your students. Plus your task, as a drum teacher, will be much easier and way less stressful for you. That's 100% guaranteed, or your money back.
Finally, please note, as mentioned above, up until now, I have never paid for any formal advertising for "The Complete Drummer's Guide" in any industry magazines, TV, or newspapers, whatsoever. The success of this book has purely happened through word of mouth and recommendations. However, now with the new eBook versions made available, and also now that I'm looking at spreading the word outside of Australia and NZ, that situation is starting to change. Though my advertising will be mainly on Facebook and YouTube etc.
Anyhow, many thanks for your time in reading all of this. I hope this story didn't bore you too much. Don't forget to subscribe and if you have any questions or comments, or requests, please feel free to contact me at any time. I thank you once again for your time and interest in this matter.