For drummers who are serious about becoming better players, the first steps are to study the masters and learn to "play for the music." Off The Record, by Ed Breckenfeld (Modern Drummer Publications), is an exciting new book and DVD-ROM multi-media package designed to help drummers do both. The collection of lessons from one of Modern Drummer's most popular columns showcases more than 500 drum tracks by the world's most important, influential, and inspiring drum artists — defining just what great drumming is all about.
The innovative educational bundle is recommended as a supplement to lessons and self-study for drummers of all levels. It includes a 120-page book with note-perfect transcriptions of isolated drum patterns with in-depth analysis of how they were created to fit the style, context, and structure of the song. It also includes a bonus DVD-ROM that contains nearly 180 MP3 tracks recorded using advanced software and techniques to emulate the sound, feel, dynamics, groove, and intensity of the original drum parts.
Highlighting outstanding drum performances in modern rock, metal, punk, classic rock, funk, and progressive music from the past 40 years, Off The Record features:
Modern Rockers: Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park), Scott Underwood (Train), Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Aaron Montgomery (Trapt), Chad Butler (Switchfoot), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam), Myles Heskett (Wolfmother), and Ray Luzier (Army Of Anyone).
Heroes Of Punk: Patrick Wilson (Weezer), Steve Jocz (Sum 41), Adrian Young (No Doubt), Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World), Travis Barker (Box Car Racer), Fab Moretti (The Strokes), Adam Carson (AFI), Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers), and Dave Grohl (Nirvana).
Funk's Finest: Lenny Kravitz, Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band), Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (The Roots), Alan Evans (Soulive), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Steve Jordan (John Mayer), Dennis Chambers (Boston T Party), Tim Alexander (Primus), and Stevie Wonder.
Metal Masters: John Dolmayan (System Of A Down), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Wuv (P.O.D.), Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory), Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Matt McDonough (Mudvayne), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold), Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad), and Dave McClain (Machine Head).
Wizards Of Prog: Danny Carey (Tool), Neil Peart (Rush), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta), Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle), Phil Collins (Genesis), Dominic Howard (Muse), Tomas Haake (Meshuggah), and Bill Bruford (Yes).
Classic Rock Greats: Ringo Starr (The Beatles), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), The Drummers Of Steely Dan, Keith Moon (The Who), Cozy Powell, Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Alex Van Halen (Van Halen), Levon Helm (The Band), and Stewart Copeland (The Police).
Off The Record carries a suggested retail price of $14.95 and is available from Modern Drummer Publications at the Modern Drummer website, (973) 239-4140, or at leading drumshops and music stores