This is the book I have been using in my pursuit to learn how to drum. First off, I suggest if you are not taking lessons, you do so. even with this book, hearing and seeing someone play with you, that is experienced, is a great help. The book covers the basic drummer needs, flams, rolls, drags, timing, quarter, eigth, and sixteen notes. I would buy the dvd with the book.
It's nearly comical to write a review of this book - - not because there's anything wrong with the book....simply because it's such a classic, it'd be like me writing a review of "War and Peace".Every serious snare drum student (or nearly every serious one, at least) starts with this book. It's a must-have. Very slow and gradual in it's approach. Highly recommended.
"Daddy, even Mommy can do it." Those are the words my eight year-old said after a few days with this book. Information is presented in an easy to understand format, that was entertaining for both of us.