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So You Want To Be A Drummer


So You Want To Be A Drummer by Angel Bartolotta

Released in 2015 (current printing: Third Edition)

188 pages

$19.99 (email to order)

* Book can be signed/personalized upon request


Angel Bartolotta’s first book and the official text book for all The Rock Box Music School & Stage drum students.

This book for beginners covers picking out a drum set, tuning, stick control, music reading, rudiments, warm-ups, coordination, beats, fills, double bass, and stick tricks. It includes a short history of the modern drum set, as well as some of Angel’s favorite beats from the different bands he has played for. It’s also FILLED with photos and stories from years of touring as well as tips and words of advice from todays top musicians (members of Nine Inch Nails, Alice Cooper, White Zombie, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Misfits, Joan Jett, Breaking Benjamin, Black Label Society, Sevendust, Halestorm, Coal Chamber, Ministry, Static-X, Dope, Nonpoint, Team Cybergeist and MANY others). Forward by Steve “The Mad Drummer” Moore (This Drummer Is At The Wrong Gig as seen on YouTube). You don’t have to be a drummer to enjoy this book. There is something for everyone!



Forward by Steve “The Mad Drummer” Moore

Drums, Drummers & Drumming: A Brief History

Knowing Your Instrument (holding the sticks, drum/cymbal selection, tuning, etc)

Getting Started (music reading, hand exercises, etc)

The 40 International Drum Rudiments

Notes (quarter, eighth, sixteenth, eighth note triplets, sixteenth note triplets)

Dotted Notes


The Flam, The Drag & The Ruff

Exploring Other Time Signatures (4/4, 2/4, 3/4, 6/8)

Scratching The Surface (Rock, Punk, Metal, Country, Dance, Jazz, Latin, Funk, Reggae, etc)


Double Bass

Combining Everything You Know

Step Inside My Head (drum notation for Team Cybergeist, Dope, Genitorturers, Crossbreed, Switched and PIG songs)

Stick Tricks & Showmanship

Life On The Road (photo albums)

Advice From The Internet

Create Your Own (blank manuscript pages) 

And much more!!!