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Alfred Music Publishing Congratulates Modern Drummer’s 2010 Readers Poll Winners

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Alfred Music Publishing, home to the world’s largest percussion print music catalog, is proud to offer four out of the five amazing titles named within the Modern Drummer 2010 Reader’s Poll for “Educational Package,” including The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming book by Zoro and Daniel Glass, Methods and Mechanics by Todd Sucherman, The Total Rock Drummer by Mike Michalkow, and In The Groove by Anton Fig.

Named as the 2010 Readers Poll favorite for “Educational Package,” The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming delves into the rhythm and blues of the 1940s and ’50s, an incredible musical era when shuffles ruled the airwaves and modern groove playing was in its infancy. Loaded with in-depth historical information, photos, graphics, exercises, and transcriptions, it also includes the most comprehensive, step-by-step guide to shuffle playing ever written featuring styles including swing, boogie-woogie, jump blues, Chicago blues, New Orleans R&B, Texas blues, “faux” Latin, gospel, and early rock & roll.

Alfred is proud to partner with Altitude Digital to distribute the award-winning Todd Sucherman DVD, Methods and Mechanics. Todd brings the knowledge of thousands of gigs, shows, and recording sessions along with over three decades as a professional drummer to this useful and unique DVD package. Todd Sucherman: Methods and Mechanics is filled with practical career tips that will help you navigate through the music business as well as mental aspects and cerebral approaches to the art of playing music on the drums.

The Total Rock Drummer is a unique and exciting journey through the diverse world of rock drumming. This book and CD set features many of the styles that make rock drumming so challenging yet rewarding, and is meant for all drummers—from beginners to advanced players. Learn everything from rockabilly and reggae to funk and progressive rock, using actual drumbeats from famous rock tunes by Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, The Police, Tool, Green Day, and more.

Anton Fig: In The Groove was reissued by Alfred in a DVD format just prior to the 2009 NAMM show. In this DVD, Anton passes along some ideas and tips that have worked for him both in making music and for surviving in the professional world. He talks about time, communicating through music, the nuances of different styles, constructing a beat for a song, and what it takes to play on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Alfred congratulates all the talented drummers recognized throughout the Modern Drummer 2010 Readers Poll, including Alex Acuña, Kenny Aronoff, Carter Beauford, Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Peter Erskine, Anton Fig, Daniel Glass, Gavin Harrison, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Tony Royster Jr., Steve Smith, Aaron Spears, Todd Sucherman, Dave Weckl, and Zoro.