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On the Beaten Path -- Beginning Drumset Course, Level 1

An Inspiring Method to Playing the Drums, Guided by the Legends

By Rich Lackowski

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On the Beaten Path -- Beginning Drumset Course, Level 1 (An Inspiring Method to Playing the Drums, Guided by the Legends). Composed by Rich Lackowski. For Drumset. Artist/Personality; Book; CD; Method/Instruction; Percussion - Drum Set Method or Collection. On the Beaten Path. Beginner. 48 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.33245).

ISBN 0739061976.

This inspiring three-volume series teaches you to play the drums using carefully selected beats and fills from hit songs that shaped modern music. Level 1 teaches you to play with over two dozen authentic rock beats and fills by legendary drummers, including John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Tré Cool (Green Day), Dave Grohl (Nirvana), and many more. You’ll also learn the parts of a drumset, setup and tuning, drumstick and drumhead selection, how to hold the drumsticks, hand and foot technique, and how to read music. Plus, you'll learn to play flams, drags, and one- and two-handed patterns for open and closed hi-hat. Tips, tools, and terms are used throughout the book to introduce key drumming concepts at just the right pace, and the included audio CD contains all the beats and fills presented in the book.

"Lackowski aims to win young hands and hearts with the music that inspired him, compiling a mix of grooves played by the likes of John Bonham, Dave Grohl, and Tré Cool between 1968 and 2001. What better way to learn simple syncopations than playing a song like "Hard To Handle" or "Free Fallin'"? What better way to really grasp 8th and 16th notes than playing "Kashmir" and "Smoke on the Water"?

- Modern Drummer magazine

"By the time you complete the course, you'll understand the essentials of being a good drummer and have a well-rounded vocabulary of more than 100 beats gleaned from experts like Art Blakey, Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Ringo Starr, Steven Adler, Levon Helm, and Alex Van Halen."
- Making Music magazine.

  • The Path 
  • About the Author 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Parts of a Drumset 
  • Setting Up the Drums 
  • Holding the Drumsticks 
  • Basic Hand Technique 
  • Basic Foot Technique 
  • Reading Music Notation 
  • Basic Rock Beats 
  • Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (from The White Stripes' White Blood Cells) (2001) 
  • Runnin' Down a Dream (from Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever) (1989) 
  • Back in Black (from AC/DC's Back in Black) (1980) 
  • I Won't Back Down (from Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever) (1989) 
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams (from Green Day's American Idiot) (2004) 
  • Paradise City (from Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction) (1987) 
  • You Shook Me All Night Long (from AC/DC's Back in Black) (1980) 
  • Hard to Handle (from The Black Crowes' Shake Your Money Maker) (1990) 
  • Free Fallin' (from Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever) (1989) 
  • Come As You Are (from Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit) (1991) 
  • Smoke on the Water (from Deep Purple's Machine Head) (1972) 
  • Kashmir (from Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti) (1975) 
  • The Weight (from The Band's Music from Big Pink) (1968) 
  • When the Levee Breaks (from Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV) (1971) 
  • Sweet Emotion (from Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic) (1975) 
  • Walk This Way (from Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic) (1975) 
  • Basic Rock Fills 
  • Free Fallin' (ex. 1) (from Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever) (1989) 
  • Free Fallin' (ex. 2) (from Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever) (1989) 
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams (ex. 1) (from Green Day's American Idiot) (2004) 
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams (ex. 2) (from Green Day's American Idiot) (2004) 
  • Livin' on the Edge (from Aerosmith's Get a Grip) (1993) 
  • Jamie's Cryin' (from Van Halen's Van Halen) (1979) 
  • D'Yer Mak'er (from Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy) (1973) 
  • Parts of a Drum 
  • Drumhead Selection 
  • Tuning the Drums 
  • Drumstick Selection 
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On the Beaten Path -- Beginning Drumset Course, Level 1

An Inspiring Method to Playing the Drums, Guided by the Legends

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