The Junior Drummer’s Bible (engl.)



John Trotter


EUR 29,90
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  • weight 1.320 kg

Hi and welcome to the „Junior Drummer’s Bible“. This is my third book, in each case the inspiration came from whatever I was doing as a teacher. Over the passed couple of years I’ve been teaching a lot of five to ten year old students. This has resulted in me referring to a lot of hand written notes that contained a simplified version of drum notation rather than the classic text I used in „The Working Drummer” and “Beats & Pieces” books.

When teaching the ‘junior’ student I’ve discovered that it is not the fact that they have trouble with the physical drumming it is the notation which presents the difficulty.

After all reading music is a complex new language which can stretch the boundary as to the level of intellect a junior is expected to understand. Think of the math curriculum as a junior, it’s a simple number system that you deal with. This is why with this book (except for one exercise on page 88) we only go as far as eighth notes because as soon as you introduce sixteenth notes the student switches off. This system works every time and I have virtually a 100% record of success of getting the point across to a student in the first thirty minute session.

I guess you could view this book as the ‘baby brother’ of The Working Drummer book. We follow a similar path exploring a range of simplified classic grooves and techniques from around the world. So basically, this book features realistic, contemporary ideas in a simplified form.

OK, let’s go.....

product description

simplified drum notation for 5- to 10-year-old students

“Junior Drummer’s Bible”, the third book by John Trotter, is the younger brother of his debut book “The Working Drummer” (AMA-No. 610454). This book contains notes and exercises based on his many years of experience working with pupils aged between five and ten years.  Written with simplified drum notation, the exercises in this book only contain grooves and rudiments with minims, crotchets and quavers.

The “Junior Drummers Bible” follows a similar approach to the “Working Drummer” and teaches children the basics of drumstick grip, notation (time signatures, note and rest values, and dynamics) and the first rudiments. The author extensively covers popular music styles including Latin, Samba, Rumba, Rock, Funk, Blues and Swing, Soul, Disco and Punk and shows pupils which grooves can be played with the different instruments of the drum kit. The chapters are structured so that as you work through the book, the exercises are gradually expanded with additional instruments. A chapter on advanced concepts and fully notated solos in different music styles gives students an insight into how the drum kit can be used as a solo or accompanying instrument.  Teachers can use this book in their lessons to show modern concepts in simplified notation.


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Working Drummer (german)

Working Drummer (engl.)

Beats & Pieces

The Junior Drummer’s Bible (germ.)


How to Use the Audio CD



1 Sticks & Pedals


Hand Positions - ‘French’ & ‘German’ Grips

Bass Drum Pedal

Hi-Hat Pedal


2 Notation & Setup

Stave & Layout

Drum Kit Map

Musical Notation


Bars & Barlines

Repeat Signs

Time Signatures



3 Rhythm Exercises



Basic Rhythms

Rhythm Exercise 1-3

8th Note Introduction

Rhythm Exercise 4-5

Rhythm Exercise Summary 1-2


4 Rudiments


Single Stroke Roll

Double Stroke Roll

Multiple Bounce (Press or Buzz) Roll

The Flam

The Drag


Single Paradiddle

Double Paradiddle

Inverted Paradiddle

Hand Exercises



5 Rock

Hands Only

Adding Bass Drum

Basic Rock Groove

Bass Drum Variations

Double Snare


6 Open Hi-Hat

Open Hi-Hat Introduction

Open Hi-Hat Variations

Open Hi-Hat and Bass Drum Together

Open Hi-Hat with Double Snare

4 Bar Summary Exercises


7 Drum Fills

Quarter Note Fills

Fills - Adding 8th Notes

8th Note Fills

Adding Crash Cymbal

Fills with Crash Cymbal

Snare Fills

Snare and Tom Tom Fills

Hand & Foot Combinations

Hand & Foot Fills

Fill Workout

Quarter Note Flam Fills

8th Note Flam Fills

Left Hand Crash Cymbal


8 The Ride Cymbal

Ride Cymbal Variations

Adding the Hi-Hat with the Foot

Ride Cymbal Grooves Adding Tom Toms

Ride Cymbal Grooves Adding Tom Toms and Hi-Hat with the Foot


9 The Cross Stick

Cross Stick Variations

Cross Stick With Open Hi-Hat


10 Rock Summary

Rock Summary 1-12


11 Hi Hat Variations

One Handed Method Introduction

One Handed Hi-Hat with Bass Drum Variations

One Handed Variations with Open Hi-Hat

Two Handed Hi-Hat Method

Two Handed Hi-Hat Method Introduction

Two Handed Hi-Hat with Bass Drum Variations

Two Handed Variations with Open Hi-Hat

Hi-Hat Summary 1-8


12 Triplets / Blues

Counting Triplets

Triplet Bass Drum Variations

Triplet Variations with Open Hi-Hat

Triplet Fills

Triplet Summary


Shuffle Variations

Shuffle with Bass Drum Variations

Shuffle Variations with Open Hi-Hats

Shuffle Fills

Shuffle Summary

Half Time Shuffle

Swing /Jazz

Swing ‘Build Up’

Swing Variations

Swing Hi-Hat Pattern

Swing Brushes


Jazz Waltz


13 Funk

Funk Intro 1

Funk Intro 2

1 Bar Funk Variations

2 Bar Funk Variations

Funk with Open Hi-Hat

Funk with Ride Cymbal

Funk - Adding Bell of the Ride Cymbal

Funk with Disco Hi-Hat 1 -8

Funk with Disco Ride 1-8

Funk Summary on Hi-Hat

Funk Summary on Ride Cymbal


14 World Beats

General Latin – Samba / Mambo

Samba Batucada

‘Snare Off’ Samba

Tom Tom Samba

Bossa Nova


New Orleans – Second Line Grooves

Soul / Motown


Soca / World Beat

Hard Rock / Punk

Rocka Nova


15 Military

March 1-8

March Summary

March Medley

Buzz Roll Summary

Buzz Roll Medley

Triplet Marches

March 9-12

Triplet March Summary

Triplet March Medley

Triplet Buzz Roll Summary

Triplet Buzz Roll Medley


16 Alternative Grooves

Tom Tom Grooves

The ‘Bo Diddley’ Groove

Tom Tom Grooves Adding Hi-Hat with the Foot

‘Bo Diddley’ with Hi-Hat

Snare Drum Grooves

Train Beat

The Gallop

Cowbell Grooves

Cowbell Grooves Adding Hi-Hat with the Foot

Cowbell Grooves Adding Hi-Hat on 1, 2, 3 & 4


17 Advanced Ideas

Single Paradiddle Grooves & Fills

Inverted Paradiddle Grooves & Fills

Bass Drum Development

Advanced Bass Drum Grooves

Advanced Bass Drum Grooves with Open Hi-Hat


Double Time


18 Solos

Cowbell Solo

Rock Solo

Funk Solo

Disco Solo

Tom Tom Solo

Latin American Solo

Swing Solo

Military Solo 1

Military Solo 2

‘Broadway’ Solo

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1966, John began playing drums at age 11. He studied with Barry Black at Ronnie Pearson’s Drum Shop and made his first recordings in the shop’s basement studio at 14. He became a full-time professional upon leaving school aged 16 with The Don Smith Band at Newcastle’s Mayfair Ballroom. After playing many cabaret clubs, cruise ships and summer seasons, he moved to London in the mid-80s.

Initially playing with The Andy Ross Orchestra, John became a respected member of the session community covering all aspects of the music industry, accompanying artists such as: Robbie Williams, Hot Chocolate, Cliff Richard, Georgie Fame, The Corrs, Ruby Turner, Colin Blunstone, Chris Thompson, Barbara Dickson, The Drifters, Robert Hart, James Belushi and 1970s multi-hit maker Tony Burrows. John also toured with rock legends
Greenslade, Peter Green’s Splinter Group, Whitesnake’s Moody Marsden and was a member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band from 1996–2000.

Over the years John has worked for a range of producers and musical directors including: Laurie Latham, Richard Niles, Matthew Fisher, Don Airey, Jeff Bova, Trevor Brown, Simon Webb, Julian Littman, Tony Ashton, Andy Fairweather Low, Raph Ravenscroft, Spike Edney and legendary Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller. But his main employer for 12 years was Philip Pope; the UK’s most prolific composer of countless film soundtracks and
TV themes including: Spitting Image, Not the 9 O’Clock News, Jane Horrocks, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Harry Enfield, My Hero, The Lenny Henry Show, Hale & Pace, TFI Friday, Kevin & Perry Go Large and the multi-award­winning Fast Show.

John has also recorded jingles for: Pepsi, KFC, McDonald’s, Esso, British Telecom, Martini, Heineken, Nescafe, Cadbury, Gillette, Andersen Consulting, Mars, Twix, Vauxhall Cars, Boots, Sharp, Oxford University Press, The Liberal Democrats (UK) and Fuji (Mr Bean series).

Other ventures include a range of educational projects such as demonstrations at the British Music Fair, workshops at the Musicians Institute London, drum teacher at Don Airey’s Rock School and accompanying Paul Westwood on his highly acclaimed Bass Bible.

John relocated to Australia in 2002 and is loving life ‘down under’, playing live with: Michelle Shocked, Joe Camilleri, Rachael Beck and Todd McKenney, Lucky Oceans, Claire Clarke, Alfredo Malabello, Blanche Dubois, Ryan Webb and Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun). He’s also contributed to more than 100 albums and EPs.

After becoming an Australian citizen in 2007 he continues to develop his drum school and teach at Wesley and Murdoch colleges.