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Style Studies for the Creative Drummer

Style Studies For The Creative Drummer
By John Xepoleas
68 pages Cd Included
Alfred Music (MMBK0054CD)
Style Studies
Being well versed in a variety of musical styles is one of today's most essential drumming skills. Comprised of three sections, Style Studies for the Creative Drummer will help you develop a clear understanding and a solid foundation of rock, jazz and latin drumming. Each lesson contains basic rhythms plus numerous practical variations, all of which have been proven successful in a variety of performance settings.

Teachers, you will find Style Studies for the Creative Drummer an excellent teaching tool. Teach your students the basic grooves they will need to develop as a drummer. Teach musical phrasing for all of the styles and help you students develop the confidence they will need to perform in school or with their own bands.

From the beginning to the advanced drummer, take your drumming to the next level with Style Studies for the Creative Drummer.

$25.00 (Price includes shipping within the continental United States) *For sales outside of the U.S. please purchase from Amazon.com or one of the retailers listed on the Alfred Music Website

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Essential Drum Lessons With The Greats

Essential Drum Lessons with The Greats
Produced and Co-written by John Xepoleas
95 pages 2 Cd's Included
Published by Alfred Music Drum LWG 1

Would you like to take a private lesson from one of the world’s greatest drummers?  Gain a deeper understanding of their techniques, concepts, grooves and fills?  Have examples of their playing clearly notated, explained and demonstrated?  I asked myself this question back in 1992, and with a resounding YES, a two-volume edition of  “Drum Lessons with the Greats” was conceived, written, published and soon thereafter, utilized by drummers from around the world. 

Now, almost 20 years later, this valuable resource is once again available. “Essential Drum Lessons with the Greats” includes artists from both of the previous books presenting their timeless material in a newly revised single edition. Grab your sticks and dig-in, as these world-class drummers candidly discuss, explain and demonstrate some of the drumming concepts they are best known for.

Neil Peart delivers lessons on developing fills, creating drum parts and soloing in ¾ time; Dave Weckl demonstrates some great sounding triplet hand & foot combinations, one of his trademark six-stroke fills and how to work with double strokes on the drum set; Steve Smith offers an in-depth three part lesson on developing great sounding linear fills; Kenny Aronoff lays out an intense series of rock solid hand and foot exercises; Mike Portnoy gives you an in-depth five part look at odd time signatures; Gregg Bissonette offers a lesson on how to develop fills patterns, shares one his favorite sticking patterns applied to the kit and demonstrates some of the best sounding reggae grooves you’ll ever hear; Peter Erskine takes you on a journey with sound and feel, shows you how to develop a theme and then explains how to play some very hip subdivisions; Tim Alexander presents an alternative approach to playing double bass, creative ways to playing the hi-hat and teaches a lesson on developing tom grooves.

I hope you enjoy the book and find it a wonderful opportunity to take a close and personal look at the techniques, concepts, grooves and fills of some of the world’s greatest drummers.

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$26.99.....Purchase the Book

Drum Lessons With The Greats Volume 1

Drum Lessons With The Greats Volume 1
By John Xepoleas
71 pages 2 Cd's Included
Published by Warner Brothers (MMBK0017CD)Drum LWG 1

Drum Lessons with the Greats is a unique collection of material which includes the ideas and concepts of some of today's greatest drummers in the rock, jazz and fusion fields. The book was produced and co-written by John Xepoleas and features lessons by each artist.

You'll study the grooves, fills, technique, solo ideas and concepts of Kenny Arnoff, Gregg Bissonette, Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith and Dave Weckl. Each lesson is derived from interviews conducted by John Xepoleas or designed specifically by the artist for this publication.

Sticking patterns, double bass drum studies, solo ideas, ostinato patterns, polyrhythms and developing your touch on the instrument are just a few of the topics covered. Drum Lessons with the Greats will help you define new boundaries and develop your drumming to its full potential.

Now available as "Essential Drum Lessons with the Greats"

Drum Lessons With The Greats Volume 2

Drum Lessons With The Greats Volume 2
By John Xepoleas
77 pages 2 Cd's Included
Published by Warner Brothers (MMBK0062CD)Drum LWG 2

How would you like to improve your odd time playing and double-bass grooves by working on Rush, Dream Theater and Primus grooves with Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy and Tim Alexander! How about some super slick, challenging grooves from Will Kennedy and top NY session great, Chris Parker. Or, how about some super-funk from maga-tour drummer Jonathan Moffett?. Now you can have all these lessons from one source,Drum Lessons With The Greats Volume 2.

Developed and co-written by John Xepoleas, this book features in-depth lessons (over 230 musical examples), with examples played by the actual artists. Through these lessons these dynamic players reveal their secrets to soloing, playing fills, odd-time playing, warm-ups, developing a groove, polyrhythms and funk.

Now available as "Essential Drum Lessons with the Greats"

Bass Lessons With The Greats

Bass Lessons With The Greats
Developed By John Xepoleas
Co-written By Glenn Letsch
91 pages Cd Included
Published by Warner Brothers (MMBK0037CD) Bass LWG

In Bass Lessons With The Greats, six major artists known for their innovative contributions to contemporary jazz, rock, funk, fusion, and latin bass share the vast knowledge and experience that keeps them on the cutting edge of the music world.

Via in-depth lessons containing over one hundred examples, Lincoln Goines, Jimmy Haslip, Alphonso Johnson, Rocco Prestia, Gary Willis and Victor Wooten reveal their secrets to laying down a groove, thumb playing, and popping, improvising, expanding your jazz vocabulary and mastering modern harmonics and melodic concepts.

"Temporarily out of Print - Watch for revised edition out soon"

Guitar Lessons With The Greats

Guitar Lessons With The Greats
Developed By John Xepoleas
Co-written By Mike Williams
103 pages Cd Included
Published by Warner Brothers (MMBK0039CD) Guitar LWG

In Guitar Lessons With The Greats, six major artists known for their innovative contributions to contemporary jazz, rock and fusion share the fast knowledge and experience that keeps them on the cutting edge of the music world.

Via in-depth lessons containing over one hundred examples, John Abercrombie, Kevin Eubanks, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson, Steve Lukather and Mike Stern reveal their secrets to soloing, comping, chord-melody playing, ear training and mastering modern harmonic concepts.

The accompanying CD contains examples from the book played by the actual artists. You can follow along and hear exactly how each written example should sound.

Co-written by guitarist Mike Williams, Guitar Lessons With The Greats will give you necessary tools to take your playing to the next level.

"Out of Print"

Master Lessons For The Creative Musician

Master Lessons For The Creative Musician
(Formerly Sax/Flute Lessons with the Greats)
Co-Written by Bruce Mishkit
Developed By John XepoleasSax LWG
94 pages Cd Included

90 Pages of exercises, etudes,transcriptions, insight, and information from Paquito D' Rivera, Hubert Laws, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Lenny Picket and Ernie Watts. A one-of-a-kind book/audio package filled with musical examples and a wealth of professional insight and advice. Includes an audio CD with lesson examples played by the artists.

$24.95 - To order


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