What DrumHeads Are Saying About TigerBill and TigerBill's DrumBeat Website...

Click for Another Quote


Best Products at the
Lowest Prices
Lowest prices on Tiger Tested drum products

Lowest Prices on Drum Sets, Cymbals and Percussion at Amazon.com

TigerBill's Unique
Drum Lessons
Play Better With Less Effort - Learn TigerBill's Tension Free Drumming Concepts

Advertise With Us
Contact Us
Link to Us
News & Press Room
Order Info
Permissions & Reprints
Privacy Policy
Register for Free

Books for Fun
Books for Education
Buying Drum Gear
Chops Challenge
Clinics & Events
Concerts & Tours
Discount Drum Shop 1
Discount Drum Shop 2
Drum TV Show
Drum n Bass
Drum Skills Evaluation
Fame & Fortune
Famous Drummers
Fun With Drums TV Show
Gear & Accessories
Gladstone Technique
Healthy Drumming
Hip-Hop / Rap
History & Culture
How To Guides
Laugh It Up
Lessons for Free
Loops & Samples
Member Links
MIDI Files
Moeller Technique
Record Your Own
Sit-in & Play
Tension Free Drumming™
Ticket Sales
TigerBill and Friends
TigerBill's Bio
TigerBill's Gear Picks
TigerBill's Clinics & Events
TigerBill's Drum Shop
TigerBill's Lessons
TigerBill's Place
Tips and Tricks
Vintage Gear

Tiger Bill Reviews

Big Band Drumming At First Sight

Book and MP3 CD

by Steve Fidyk


Click here for the lowest price on the book/cd On the Beaten Path - Metal


Steve Fidyk, drummer with The Army Blues Big Band from Washington, D.C., wrote a guide that explains the ins and outs of improving your sight-reading skills in a big band setting. Let's check it out.

Improve Your Big Band Drum Chart Sight Reading Skills
Steve opens by explaining his strategies for sight-reading and interpretation and then covers the key elements of a drum part.

Steve then covers the most common musical forms along with his method for interpreting a drum chart's road map.

The remainder of the book contains ten big band arrangements, along with mark-ups of each chart providing Steve's "road map" instructions that detail how each piece should be played. By the time you're finished with these examples, you'll have enough experience to easily be able to mark up your own drum charts. A complete set of unmarked charts are also provided for you to print and sight-read.


Bottom Line: Big Band Drumming At First Sight Book/MP3 CD
I regularly teach clinics to stage and jazz band drummers at the middle and high school levels and have found their biggest problem to be in their interpretation, or lack thereof, of drumset charts. Even though many of them can read music well, interpreting a drum chart is a totally different animal. In this book, Steve shows you all you need to know to be able to interpret any drum chart like a pro. Also of great value are the included MP3 tracks that contain both full-band and drum tracks for demo purposes, and full-band minus drums for play-along practice.

This book and CD set should not only be required study for all middle and high school drumset players, but for anyone looking to improve their big band chart sight reading skills.

While $19.99 is a good value for a 72-page book with an MP3 CD, you'll find it online at an even better discount:


Stay loose!

Tiger Bill


Click to Send Friends a Link to this Page

Become a Free Member of the largest, most Comprehensive Drum Site on the Web

Learn TigerBill's Innovative Tension Free Drumming and take your chops to the next level

Get TigerBill's Free Info-Packed Newsletter, Monthly Chances to Win Valuable Drum Stuff

& Much More...

Click Here to Register as a Free Site Member

Copyright © 1998-2013 by TigerMix.com, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

Unauthorized reproduction without permission is prohibited except as noted.

< Back to Top >

Free Site Membership!
Click Here for FREE Site Registration and become a member of the largest drum and percussion family on the Web!

* S I D E B A R *

Links Related
to this Article

Related Links on Site

Buy Big Band Drumming at First Sight (Book & CD) at the lowest price on the Web
Tiger Bill's Concepts of Tension Free Drumming DVD

Related Links on Web

Alfred Publishing