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Essential Drum Lessons with the Greats Drumset Method Released by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Friday, April 20, 2012
Alfred Music Publishing, the home to the world’s largest percussion print catalog, releases Essential Drum Lessons with the Greats Book & 2 CD method, a compilation of critical lessons on the techniques, concepts, grooves, and fills of and by eight renowned drummers—produced and co-written by highly respected drummer, author, and educator John Xepoleas.

Combining the best from the two original Lessons with the Greats drum titles, Essential Drum Lessons with the Greats book features two lesson-matching CDs that contain lessons and performances by Tim Alexander, Kenny Aronoff, Gregg Bissonette, Peter Erskine, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl. Students can listen, study, and learn as these dynamic drummers share in-depth lessons of concepts that they are best known for—with many secrets revealed along the way. Topics and concepts include: Warm-ups, solos, fills, double-bass grooves, polyrhythms, unique sticking patterns, ostinatos, playing in odd time, and developing the perfect touch.

The method is designed for drummers of any level with basic knowledge of drum notation who seek to define new boundaries and develop their drum playing to full potential. The companion CDs include over 140 minutes of audio performed by the actual artists.

As part of Alfred’s commitment to improving the environment, the book is printed on 100% recycled paper.

Essential Drum Lessons with the Greats Book & 2 CDs (00-35141) set is now available for $26.99 at music retailers and at