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Alfred's On the Beaten Path: Beginning Drumset Course, Complete and On the Beaten Path: Jazz Now Available

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Monday, October 22, 2012
Alfred Music Publishing, home to the world’s largest percussion print music catalog, releases the complete edition of the On the Beaten Path: Beginning Drumset Course three-level series, and On the Beaten Path: Jazz.

On the Beaten Path: Beginning Drumset Course, Complete, by renowned drummer, clinician, and author Rich Lackowski, guides drummers through the process of learning how to play the drums using a methodical progression of famous drum beats and fills played by some of the best drummers on some of the world’s most famous songs that shaped modern music. Level 1 starts off with a wide selection of rock beats and fills by drummers including John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Tré Cool (Green Day), Dave Grohl (Nirvana), and many more. Level 2 unlocks coordination and syncopation skills with an expanded vocabulary of dozens of blues and jazz beats and fills by drummers including Steve Jordan (The Blues Brothers), Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan), Max Roach (Miles Davis), Buddy Rich, and many more. Level 3 fortifies drummers’ knowledge with reggae, country, funk, and Latin beats by drummers Carlton Barrett (Bob Marley), Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste (The Meters), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Neil Peart (Rush), and many more. Additional concepts like time and tempo manipulation, other time signatures, and a ton of key drumming tools are also included. The enclosed DVD includes over 4.5 hours of video demonstrations covering every line of music in the book, plus 142 MP3 audio tracks of every legendary beat and fill. On the Beaten Path Beginning Drumset Course incorporates the essentials of being a good drummer, from reading and writing music to playing with healthy technique. The well-rounded vocabulary of hundreds of famous beats and fills aim to keep drummers motivated and playing for a lifetime.

On the Beaten Path: Jazz, by Rich Lackowski and John O’Reilly Jr., is an essential exploration of jazz and its many subgenres from a drummer’s perspective, covering its roots and all of the significant events that happened as it flourished. The book is integrated with authentic transcriptions and easy-to-follow lessons for 36 legendary beats and solos. Insight on world-renowned drummers Art Blakey, Jack DeJohnette, Jeff Hamilton, Elvin Jones, “Papa” Jo Jones, and more is included, with information on the gear they used, the licks and solos that made them famous, and the significant albums that defined their genre. The included CD contains performances that demonstrate all the beats and solos in the book.

To learn more about the entire On the Beaten Path series and to view the official On the Beaten Path: Beginning Drumset Course trailer, click here:

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving the environment, these books are printed on 100% recycled paper.

On the Beaten Path: Beginning Drumset Course, Complete and On the Beaten Path: Jazz are now available for $19.99 - $29.99 at music retail stores and at