As a drummer or an aspiring drummer, you can now easily learn the basics and a couple of drum techniques to master your skills using play along CDs and guide books. Here are the top 11 drum play along guide books and CDs to help you practice and play better.
1. Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Play Along: Drums (Book & CD).
If you are mainly a fan of playing big band drums and a wide variety of swing tempos and Latin style grooves, Gordon’s book and play along CD will definitely give you a lot of tips and tricks on how to improve your performance. The audios on the CD range from simple to complex and are a great opportunity for intermediate players to improve further. This is a really diverse set of material that is a good choice if you had to pick just one out of this long list. But you should at least get this one one or two others to keep your practice sessions a little more diverse.
2. ’80s Rock Drum Play-Along Volume 8 BK/CD.
For those who are into ’80s rock and similar beats, you will definitely want this play along CD and guide book. A lot of famous ’80s rock songs are included here and are configured such that you can play with the tempo without affecting the pitch. This one really brings me back to the crazy eighties. I like to break it out now and then because I get nostalgic as I practice, which gets a little weird at times but it’s mostly a lot of fun.
3. Ultimate Drum Play-Along Led Zeppelin, Vol 1.
Are you a big fan of Led Zeppelin’s greatest hits? You’re in luck because this awesome drum play along package includes tracks that can be tempo-changed without changing the pitch, which works both the accompaniment (drum-less) and full instrumental tracks. Any drummer who does not have this one in their library is insane.
4. Motown-Drum Play-Along Volume 18.
For those who are into motown hits, you will really like playing a lot of hits in adjustable tempo, such as “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”, “Stop! in the Name of Love” and others. It’s a really good alternative for those of us who primarily practice or play rock, metal, and hard funk. Diversify your practice sessions with this one.
5. Groove Essentials – The Play-Along 1.0.
This is one of my personal favorites because it’s loaded with material and play along tracks. So if you just want to practice with a lot of different kinds of grooves, this is a complete set that you’ll surely get a lot of mileage out of. From jazz grooves to waltzes, world drums, shuffles and many others, you will find this play along drum CD very challenging.
6. Bob Marley – Drum Play-Along Volume 25.
Ride along the classics of Jamaican legend Bob Marley as you can play along with his greatest hits in any tempo without pitch changing, such as “Waiting in Vain”, “No Woman No Cry”, “Get Up Stand Up”, “Stir It Up” and many more. Read more about Reggae drummer here.
7. Funk: Drum Play-Along Volume 5.
If you are mainly playing funk grooves then this is the play along CD you’ll definitely enjoy. It includes tracks like “Superstition”, “Pick Up the Pieces”, “Cold Sweat” and many more.
8. The Police: Drum Play-Along Volume 12.
Play along with hits from The Police such as “Every Breath You Take”, “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, “Walking on the Moon”, and many others.
9. Ultimate Drum Play-Along Journey.
If you are a fan of the band Journey, play along with their best hits with this tempo adaptive play along drum CD. It includes famous songs like “Open Arms”, “Faithfully’, “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “Send Her My Love” and many more.
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Drum Play-Along Volume 31.
Play along with the hits from the ever-legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers in any tempo you like. The play along CD includes chart-topping hits such as “Dani California”, “By The Way”, “Under the Bridge”, “Californication”, “Can’t Stop” and many others.
11. Ultimate Realistic Rock: Book & 2 CDs.
For those who like to keep it simple and solid with their play along drum practice, Carmine Appice, a renowned drum legend, will give you tons of rhythms to work on and to master, even ones with weird time signatures.