The Blue Book (Volume 1)

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General Info

Subtitle: A Test Guide for the Modern Percussionist
Composers: David Ratliff, James Campbell, Rob Parks, University of Kentucky Alumni
Level: Elementary to Advanced
Pages: 92
Release Date: 2011
Price: $25.00


Snare Drum
Bass Drum


A “blue book” is a booklet used by college students to answer test questions or write essays. The Blue Book is designed to provide music suitable for contest, audition, technique development, and just plain drumming fun! In a sense, these solos may serve as a test of your rudimental drumming skills. The Blue Book includes over 40 solos in a wide variety of rudimental styles ranging from beginning to extremely advanced. This collection contains rudimental snare solos, tenor solos, and bass drum ensemble pieces that will provide musically enriching material while developing technical proficiency.



Hot Sticks | Brad Meyer
The Parliamentarian | Gary Rudolph
Midnight Barking (Snare Version) | Andy Salmon
Flampickin' | Ralph Hicks
Diddle Dimensions | James Campbell
Blue Blood | Ian Murphy
'Sget some Scoops | Rob Parks
Boogie Down | James Campbell
Fear | David Ratliff
Wizard Sticks | Jon McMahan
Aylesford Tonight! | Ellis Hampton
Sound Off | Eric Willie
Funkhouser | Joshua D. Smith
Engine | Mark Hunter
Penmoken | Brian S. Mason
7 Days & 7 Nights | James R. Corcoran Jr.
Flamenco Dances | Glenn Kotche
Guido's Birthday | Scott McCoy
Snare con Queso | John Willmarth
Shockwave | Scott Kretzer
Casey Claw | Mark Casey


Boulden | Brad Meyer
The Best in Your Price Range
The Tenor Wall | Gary Rudolph
Check Your Sticks | Eric Willie
Midnight Barking (Tenor Version) | Andy Salmon
Sca-Fa | Ian Murphy
Moose Tash | John Willmarth
Slug Guts | Joshua Dekaney
Gadd's Groove | Andy Salmon
Bus Bowl | Brian Flack
Floatmeal | Mark Hunter


Singletary Strut | Rob Parks
The Inner Sanctum | John Willmarth
That's One in a Row | David Ratliff
Full Court Press | Doug Steinmetz
Holmes Slice | Aaron Dale
Enough About Me, Let's Talk More About Me | Eric Willie
Common Wealth | Doug Steinmetz
Tolly-Ho | Aaron Dale
Gunga La Gunga | Rob Parks
Metzo Matzo | Mark Hunter

Additional Resources

The Blue Book (Volume 2)
The Blue Book (Volume 3)