Bob has a very unique way of teaching drums, and in some ways, I was not at all ready for it at that time. Bob's lessons did not follow the path of methods books like stick control, syncopation, etc, nor were they about applying specific rudiments necessarily to the drumset. Instead, Bob's lessons were about sound production, relaxation in the limbs, mental focus, and above all, musicality. No one in my opinion, and I really mean no one, has a more beautiful 'sound' on the drums than Bob Kaufman. The tuning, the attack, the relaxation in his phrasing.. Sticks or brushes, it doesn't matter. Just hearing Bob play is lesson enough. Bob is as deep as the ocean, and as I became very involved in Buddhism during my time at Berklee, I suddenly began to realize that Bob was indeed a Buddha! :)
Like all artistic masterpieces, you can find endless amounts of information the deeper you go into Bob's books. Ten years later, I am still using this book on a weekly basis and all of my students have gained great insight from the concepts that Bob has displayed. I remember Bob said to me simply, "The students who really follow these concepts and apply patience, become great drummers." Guys like Jeff "Tain" Watts are proof enough.
In my opinion, the most valuable part of these books isn't just in the music, but instead in Bob's foreword and instructions in the beginning chapters (presented in both English and French)! Many of the quotes he comes up with in this section are hanging on my drum studio wall motivating both myself and my students.
"The Art of Drumming" and "Deeper into...", along with Bob's continued mentorship and kindness, have taught me so much about music and ways to approach my own teaching practice and life.
Please, do yourself a favor and go get these books! DO NOT skip over the words and try and tackle these books on your own, or you will miss the point entirely. Count the exercises how he tells you to count them, and be patient with yourself. You can click here to purchase. Also, here is Bob's website for further information.