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Improve Your Drumming Vocabulary and Improvisational Skills with Elements, Distributed by Alfred

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Monday, December 06, 2010

Alfred Music Publishing, home to the world’s largest percussion print music catalog, proudly distributes Wizdom Media’s new drumset method, Elements, a comprehensive guide to improving your drumset vocabulary and improvisational skills, by drummer and author John Favicchia.

Elements teaches you to expand your abilities and skills in any genre of drumming. After presenting the Elements—simple one-beat variations of basic 16th-note and triplet rhythms—Favicchia shows you how to execute accent figures in any place in the measure, play accents in any desired position combined with double-stroke rolls, orchestrate all your ideas in more creative ways around the kit, improvise with much more freedom, recognize and execute any given ensemble figure encountered on a chart, solo around the hits while playing with a band (no matter where the hits fall), and more. A separate section is also included on using the Elements to increase your four-limb independence while grooving.

“In the many books I have seen, I am very excited about Elements,” comments Dom Famularo, world-renowned drummer, author, and clinician. “This is a much-needed aspect of learning drumset. John, with his extensive playing and teaching experience, has shared a valuable step in really understanding how to spark creativity in drumset ideas.”

In addition, the included MP3/data disc is filled with bass track loops in nearly every style of music from Latin to rock, as well as 16 play-along ensemble hits examples and 8 complete play-along tracks of varying difficulties. These tracks contain all the musical context in which to practice applying the Elements in grooves, fills, ensemble figures, and solos.

Elements is now available as a book and MP3/data CD for $19.99. Pick up your copy at a local music retail store, or buy it today at alfred.com/drums.