Written by Towner Galaher

Cordination Development For The Drum set

My book, Cordination Development for the Drum Set utilizes an incremental approach to enabling a drumer to gradually increase and improve his or her coordination. The very first, working with straight 8th note rythms, and the second with triplets, with a basically identical approach.

This book developed out of forty plus years of teaching the drum set as well as my own efforts to learn this intrument over more than half a century. While there are a number of key aspects in becoming proficient on this instrument, such as becoming familiar with and developing onself in a variety genres and styles, and mastering basic hand and foot technique, the development of one’s coordination of the four limbs is really central to playing the drum set.

The beats in this book are among some of the most common used in hundreds of songs in popular music and cover arrange of styles that include rock, pop, funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Blues and Jazz. 

Mike Clark books

Funk Drumming

Jazz and fusion drumset pioneer Mike Clark reveals the secrets behind his funkiest grooves in this instructional book. Interviews with Mike about his prolific career playing funk, fusion and jazz are interspersed with many of his funk drumming examples and grooves. Transcriptions by Towner Galaher


Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2007

This is one of my favorite books. If you want to get inside Mike Clark’s head, this book is definitely it. The book showcases his drumming style and how developed and improved them, which also encourages one to develop his/her on funky grooves and playing off of them.  I have been always a fan of funk, and I am happy with what I have added in my libray of funk “bibles”

Funk Drumming

The Post-Bop Drum Book

Legendary jazz-funk drummer Mike Clark presents his latest Hudson Music initiative – “The Post-Bop Drum Book.” Numerous topics include be-bop and post-bop drumming, advanced independence, developing the ride beat, phrasing, using the hi-hat as a fourth voice, and jazz drumming with performance concepts. Coupled with impeccably written transcriptions of Towner Galaher.

This is a must-have book for all serious drummers.

Destined to be a Classic

Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2020

Fabulous book from a master of the genre. Starts off with great examples of how to play the cymbal and hi-hat ride beats; followed by triplet variations between the snare drum, bass drum, and hi-hat. Rolls/fills are discussed and explored explored as well as bebop phrasing. The transcriptions by Towner Galaher are excellent and a “must study” in itself. Perhaps, the best thing that I like about this book is that I can literally open the book to any page and work out of it to reinforce what I have already learned or add to my vocabolary. Destined to be a classic … 5 Stars.

The Post-Bop