I just picked up Pete Lockett’s instantly classic Indian Rhythms for Drumset. This book and the CD with sound examples are a pipeline to the future of drumming.

I read about him in Modern Drummer recently. Pete spent six years doing nothing but learning the deepest levels of Indian rhythms and drumming, and he is respected by many of the heavy Indian players. I wanted to see where he was taking the next level of drumming, as Steve Smith has been pursuing similar interests and has studied with Lockett.

I like the fact that Lockett is so devoted to such a particular focus. If you check out his website (, his bio is pretty intense. He also has a myspace page ( World percussion is his passion, and you need passion to devour so much information about so many styles of music.

It’s gonna take some time to go through his book and really digest it, but I’m looking forward to it. The design layout is well done, with photos and background to keep you interested.

Indian drumming is so incredibly advanced compared to Western drumming that you could liken it to calculus vs grade school math. We as drummers would do well to discover the Northern and Southern Indian drumming styles and be able to explore them on the drum set. As timekeepers, we have the luxury of exploring the deepest levels of the pulse, and from what I read just on the first few pages of Lockett’s book, he’s been down to about the 40th floor past the basement and come back with some powerful knowledge.

As you would imagine, there are plenty of odd meter and polyrhythm exercises in the book, and they will definitely give you something work on. Lockett is no fan of straight 2/4, and for that, we should all be thankful. He’s the Trilok Gurtu of the Western world, and with a lot of practice, we all might get a little closer to both of these masters… going for it certainly can’t hurt anything.