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Eight years in the making, this "prequel" to The Commandments of R&B Drumming delves into the rhythm and blues of the 1940s and '50s, an incredible musical era when shuffles ruled the airwaves and modern groove playing was in its infancy. Loaded with in-depth historical information, photos, graphics, exercises, and transcriptions, it also includes the most comprehensive, step-by-step guide to shuffle playing ever written. This much anticipated release was written by Zoro, voted "No. 1 R&B Drummer" in Modern Drummer's Annual Reader's Poll, and Daniel Glass, drummer for the Royal Crown Revue and one of the foremost authorities on classic rhythm and blues drumming. In addition to the comprehensive book, you'll also enjoy a demonstration CD with more than 100 authentic groove and fill examples, as well as 11 play-along tracks. Featuring styles including swing, boogie-woogie, jump blues, Chicago blues, New Orleans R&B, Texas blues, "faux" Latin, gospel, and early rock & roll, this long-awaited prequel is the most comprehensive and influential book on R&B drumming ever written.

The Commandments of Early Rhythm & Blues Drumming - A Guided Tour Through the Musical Era That Begat Rock & Roll, Soul, Funk, and Hip Hop is available now as a book and CD. The newly revised 10th anniversary edition of Zoro's Commandments of R&B Drumming - A Comprehensive Guide to Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop, is also available now and features updated information and loads of new photos and album artwork throughout. It includes a play-along CD featuring various styles of R&B, and also includes an R&B history tree. The Commandments of R&B Drumming DVD is also available, now at a new low price. Pick up your copies at a local retail music store, or buy them today at alfred.com/zoro for just $24.95 each.



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