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Drum Lessons with the Greats -- Complete

By John Xepoleas

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Composed by John Xepoleas. Book; CD; Method/Instruction; Percussion - Drum Set Method or Collection. 96 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.35141).

Item Number: AP.35141

ISBN 0739070320.

This outstanding book includes the best from the two original titles in the Drum Lessons with the Greats series. In addition to the in-depth lessons in the book, two lesson-matching CDs are included so every percussionist can study and hear the grooves, fills, techniques, and concepts of Tim Alexander, Kenny Aronoff, Gregg Bissonette, Peter Erskine, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl. These dynamic players reveal their secrets to soloing, playing fills, odd-time playing, warm-ups, double-bass grooves, polyrhythms, and more. Sticking patterns, grooves, ostinato patterns, and developing a touch on the instrument are also among the many topics covered. The CDs feature performances by the drummers themselves. Now that you have all these lessons in one great source, so open up the book, put on your headphones, and get busy!

  • Foreword 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Dave Weckl 
  • Lesson 1: Triplet Hand and Foot Combinations 
  • Lesson 2: Six-Stroke Fill Exercise 
  • Lesson 3: Working With Double-Strokes on the Drumset 
  • Steve Smith 
  • Lesson 1: A Concept for Developing Linear Fills 
  • Lesson 2: Triplet Feel / Six-Note Two-Beat Phrases 
  • Lesson 3: Combinations Applied to 4/4 Time 
  • Kenny Aronoff 
  • Lesson 1: Hand and Foot Exercises---Doubles 
  • Lesson 2: Part 1---Reversing the Hands 
  • Part 2---Playing All the Cymbal Patterns in Sequence 
  • Part 3---Cymbal Patterns in Sequence, Alternating the Hands 
  • Lesson 3: Changing the Basic Concept 
  • Gregg Bissonette 
  • Lesson 1: Bass Drum Exercises and Rock Hi-Hat Variations 
  • Lesson 2: A Favorite Sticking Applied to the Kit 
  • Lesson 3: Reggae 
  • Peter Erskine 
  • Lesson 1: Sound 
  • Lesson 2: Now, Let's Dance 
  • Lesson 3: Subdivisions 
  • Neil Peart 
  • Lesson 1: Leave That Thing Alone 
  • Lesson 2: The Drum Also Waltzes 
  • Lesson 3: Developing Fills 
  • Tim Alexander 
  • Lesson 1: Hi-Hat Stuff 
  • Lesson 2: A Different Approach to Playing Double Bass 
  • Lesson 3: Tom Grooves 
  • Mike Portnoy 
  • Lesson 1: Odd Approaches to 4/4 
  • Lesson 2: 5/4 Time 
  • Lesson 3: Seven 
  • Lesson 4: 9/8 
  • Lesson 5: Odd Approaches to Odd Time