Joe Testa Interviews Legendary Drum Set Artist STEVE GADD

Zildjian’s Vice President of Artist Relations sits down with legendary Signature Series Artist Steve Gadd to talk about his newly released drum book, “Gaddiments”.

Being the first drum book he has personally written, Joe dives into his inspirations behind the book and discuss playing excerpts. Steve also catches us up with his upcoming tours, discussing how health and fitness have helped keep him at his best, and taking a look back on his early years in NYC.

Special Thanks to Hudson Music for their continued partnership and for sample footage from the “Gaddiments” video content library.

To learn more about “Gaddiments” and many of Hudson Musics’ other publications you can visit their site.


In this, the first drum book he has written, music legend Steve Gadd presents a series of rudimental passages inspired by his time in drum corps and love of the rudiments. Each exercise is based on a classic or contemporary rudiment. It’s then displaced by starting on different subdivisions of the beat. This creates new rhythms without changing the sticking. All of the solos are written in a way that reinforce the understanding and importance of phrasing.

The book has been painstakingly hand-engraved at Steve’s request, to bring a comfortable and classic look to the pages. The layout and detail of each page was designed by Gadd specifically to make it clear and easy to read. These features are reflective of a man who has read thousands of charts and played on some of the most important recordings of our time.

Accompanying the book is a full set of videos with Steve demonstrating each exercise. These video lessons are available online and are available for streaming and downloading.

Drum set, drum corps, classical drummers and drum teachers will be inspired. This book will improve your technique, phrasing, groove, and rhythmic vocabulary.




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