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Alfred Music Publishing Infuses Modern Drumset Playing with African Roots in Drum Atlas: Africa

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Alfred Music Publishing, the leader in educational music publishing since 1922, proudly partners with the National Guitar Workshop to release Drum Atlas: Africa, an instructional book on blending the rhythms and drumming styles of Africa with the art of modern drumset playing.

Designed for intermediate to advanced drummers who are already familiar with musical notation and basic drumset technique, Drum Atlas: Africa gives you all the musical tools you need to infuse your drumset playing with the powerful rhythms that have influenced countless musicians around the world. You’ll learn traditional African regional rhythms, today’s popular and modern African rhythms, as well as tips to incorporate each of these unique rhythms into your own musical style.

One of the challenges with learning African music is translating the sounds of traditional percussion instruments to the modern drumset. This book makes the transition easy by showing you how to approximate the different percussion sounds using your drumset, and also ways to augment your set by adding secondary percussion instruments for a wider range of sounds.

In addition, you’ll even learn how to collaborate with other drummers and percussionists to create authentic-sounding multi-drummer performances. The included CD demonstrates all the book's examples and compositions and also features duet parts for you to play along with.

Drum Atlas: Africa is now available for $16.99. Pick up your copy at a local music retail store, or buy it today at