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Master the Drumming Style of John Bonham with Alfred’s Ultimate Drum Play-Along: Led Zeppelin Songbooks

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Alfred Music Publishing, the exclusive print publisher of Led Zeppelin, presents to drummers for the first time a set of Led Zeppelin play-along songbooks. Drawing from more than 30 years of documentation, interviews, and recorded footage, these songbooks and tracks deliver unprecedented accuracy and insight into the drumming style of John Bonham.

Ultimate Drum Play-Along: Led Zeppelin songbooks are designed to allow drummers to play along to sound-alike versions of Led Zeppelin classics in the comfort of their home, without needing a full band behind them! Featuring completely authentic transcriptions of many of their greatest hits, each of these classic songs are written in full drum notation.

“Aside from the obvious raw power and intensity of John Bonham’s playing, he was also a master at deceptively implying odd meter changes while actually playing in common time,” said Aaron Stang, Alfred’s Led Zeppelin Project Manager. “This is the first time all these songs have been transcribed correctly as Bonham really heard them—we’re excited to provide such deep insight into his rock and roll genius.”

Included with each book are CDs that contain two versions of every song: an instrumental sound-alike recording, and an instrumental accompaniment track (minus drums) so you can play along to these legendary songs. All songs were recorded live with vintage amps, guitars, and drums to replicate the original sound as close as possible.

In addition, when you use the CDs in your computer, the included TNT (Tone ’N’ Tempo) Changer, exclusively from Alfred, lets you easily loop sections for practice, slow tracks down or speed them up without changing the pitch, switch back and forth between full instrumental and accompaniment tracks, and even change the key!

Volume 1 of Ultimate Drum Play-Along: Led Zeppelin contains the following titles: Black Dog * Communication Breakdown * Dazed and Confused * Heartbreaker * Immigrant Song * Rock and Roll * Since I've Been Loving You * Whole Lotta Love. Volume 2 contains the following titles: Stairway to Heaven * The Song Remains the Same * Over the Hills and Far Away * Trampled Under Foot * Kashmir * Achilles Last Stand * Nobody's Fault But Mine * All My Love.

Matching play-along editions are also available for guitar and bass, sold separately.

Ultimate Drum Play-Along: Led Zeppelin songbooks are now available in book & 2 CD format for $19.99 each. Pick up your copies at a local music retail store, or buy them today at alfred.com.