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Alfred Music Publishing releases an inspiring method to playing the drums within its best-selling, award-winning On the Beaten Path series: introducing Beginning Drumset Course, Level 1, by Rich Lackowski.

On the Beaten Path: Beginning Drumset Course is a three-volume drumset method that teaches you how to play the drums using carefully selected beats and fills from hit songs made famous by legendary drummers. Each book includes authentic transcriptions and easy-to-follow lessons with an accompanying audio CD containing all the beats and fills presented in the books.

Level 1 begins with all the basics of drumset playing, from describing the various parts of the drumset, setup and tuning, and drumstick and drumhead selection, to how to hold the drumsticks, hand and foot technique, and reading music. Starting with the very first lesson, you'll learn drumming techniques such as flams, drags, and one- and two-handed patterns for open and closed hi-hat, all while playing authentic rock beats and fills from celebrated drummers including Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Tré Cool (Green Day), Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes), Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Levon Helm (The Band), Phil Jones (Tom Petty), Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Phil Rudd (AC/DC), Alex Van Halen (Van Halen), and Meg White (The White Stripes).

By the time you complete the On the Beaten Path: Beginning Drumset Course, you'll understand all the essentials of being a good drummer—like reading and writing music and playing with healthy technique to keep you drumming for a lifetime—with a well-rounded vocabulary of over 100 famous beats and fills you can use to create your own music and start playing in bands. All three levels of the course can be used with or without a teacher.

On the Beaten Path: Beginning Drumset Course, Level 1 is now available for $9.99 as a book and CD set. Level 2 and Level 3 will be coming soon. For more information on this series, visit alfred.com/onthebeatenpath

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