about Joel Rothman

Joel Rothman is the renowned author of almost 100 drum and percussion method books, many of which are among the most popular books used by teachers in private music studios as well as schools and universities worldwide.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joel studied drums and percussion, as well as piano, with well-known teachers such as Sam Ulano, Ed Shaughnessey, Jim Chapin, Joe Morello, Saul Goodman, and others. He first opened his own private drum studio, then later, after graduating from university, he taught in the New York City school system for many years. During that time Joel was a free-lance drummer playing with various bands and orchestras at private functions, nightclubs and musical shows.

Writing his first book at fifteen, Joel also established his own highly successful publishing company JR Publications, which has been going for over half a century.

about the drum and percussion books by Joel Rothman

The following drum and percussion method books cover just about every aspect of learning to play the instrument. Each book is carefully crafted and specifically written to overcome particular problems in a clear, easy-to-read, logical and developmental progression. Topics covered include, basic drumming, stick control, breaks and solos, rudiments, basic beats for playing with a dance band, reading music for big band, show or orchestral playing, two, three and four way coordination for rock and jazz, as well as marching drumming.

Most of the titles depict the contents of the book, but short blurbs underneath each one will also help you to understand what material will be found inside. The blurb also tells you if the book is intended for beginner, intermediate, advanced or professional players.

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  Mini-Monster Book Of
Rock Drumming

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HERE IT IS – everything you ever wanted to know about rock drumming.
Beginner – Advanced level

  Basic Drumming
(Revised and Expanded)

Pub Item #: JRP32
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Used worldwide, this revised and expanded book (now 240 pages) contains all the exercises necessary for developing reading, rolling, technique, rock, jazz, Latin and all basic beats for playing with a dance band.
Beginner – Intermediate level