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On the Beaten Path: The Drummers Guide to Musical Styles and the Legends Who Defined Them, Book & CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2007

    The Hippest Drum Book Ever!

    I'll start by saying that I'm NOT a drummer - I'm a guitar player, singer, songwriter, bandleader, and a former rock journalist. With that premiss, I picked up this book, intrigued by the cool cover that looks like a Lonely Planet type of travel guide, and its promise to teach the licks and grooves of Topper Headon, Max Roach, and Sly Dunbar. Of course it would be a given to cover giants like Bonham, or newer gods on the block like Jason Bittner and Mike Portnoy... but Topper Headon of The Clash and reggae and dub master Sly Dunbar? Yep, the book even shows you how to play ragga grooves, in addition to the expected Keith Moon fills and mind-boggling metal, prog and fusion beats... I don't think you'll see stuff like that in your average drum book! In this book and the accompanying CD, the writer's passion for all genres of drumming really is infectious. If you don't dig punk or prog, you might after reading his accounts of how these genres evolved. Each chapter reads like a great piece of rock journalism... you really feel the vibe of each genre, it's key players, and it's soundtrack (he lists essential albums for each genre and featured drummer.) And of course, it's chock-full of lessons that will give beginners and advanced drummers years of stuff to practise. The lesson examples feature the real-deal licks, beats and solos from the drummers' seminal recordings. To me, this seems like the hippest drum book ever.

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