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New Educational Drum Resources Available from Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Home to the world’s largest and most extensive percussion music catalog, Alfred releases four new educational resources for drummers of various levels and playing styles. Alfred’s Beginning Workbook for Snare Drum is ideal for beginning drummers, while Realistic Drum Styles Book & CD and Joe McCarthy’s Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along DVD, Vol. 2 is great for experienced players looking to develop a particular style. For performing drummers, How to Write a Fast & Easy Drum Chart is an innovative and simple method on how to write drum charts for different types of gigs.

Alfred’s Beginning Workbook for Snare Drum is a perfect supplement for beginning drum students learning in a classroom setting or with a private teacher. The workbook is designed to inspire students to develop a more precise style of playing, reading, writing, and creating. Fun-to-play, realistic rhythms fill every lesson, and opportunities to create and write are strategically placed throughout. For teachers, the workbook includes warm-ups, lesson charts to keep track of progress, writing assignments to help improve counting skills, and a final test. Answers for all the lessons are included in the back of the book.

Realistic Drum Styles is a combination of Carmine Appice’s classic methods Realistic Double Feet and Realistic Reggae Rock featuring new exercises, a play-along CD with newly recorded examples, and bonus video demos. The Realistic Double Feet section includes 12 lessons and solos, with strengthening and coordination exercises, triplet patterns, shuffle grooves, exercises in 3/4, and fills. There is also a new section on "Double Feet Control" with video examples featuring John Tempesta from the metal band White Zombie. The Realistic Reggae Rock section explores the challenging rhythmic possibilities of rock/reggae grooves. The lessons cover various eighth-note and sixteenth-note grooves, complete with 12-, 16-, and 20-bar exercises. Carmine also offers tons of fill and riff ideas, and completes the book with his “Three Levels of Rhythm” concept.

As part of his widely-popular Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along series, Grammy® award-winning drummer and educator Joe McCarthy presents his innovative teaching concepts in Joe McCarthy’s Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along DVD, Vol. 2. For drummers looking to develop their groove, the DVD features three groundbreaking new tunes from UNA MÀS, played and analyzed by Joe. The video footage is complete with demonstrations and multiple camera angles allowing viewers to see Joe’s multi-level playing on one screen. The “Stylistic Coordination” bonus section of the DVD features a series of exercises to develop groove, coordination, consistency, balance, and concentration. Special features include an eBook of complete charts and transcriptions of the examples and play-along tracks minus the drums.

Great for drummers, composers, and music students, How to Write a Fast & Easy Drum Chart features a simple, 12-step approach to drum-chart writing. These steps help musicians write successful charts by teaching them to identify various aspects of a song, such as time signature, tempo, form, mood, and more. The chapters include sample charts, and cover additional topics such as basic drum patterns and charting techniques. Other features include an original song to chart and play along with; commonly used drum patterns to listen, practice, and learn from; and four blank charts to use and copy. The accompanying CD includes demonstrations of the examples in the book.

These new educational drum resources are now available for $14.99-$24.99 at music retail stores and at