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On the Beaten Path Progressive Rock

The Drummer’s Guide to the Genre and the Legends Who Defined It

By Rich Lackowski

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The Drummer’s Guide to the Genre and the Legends Who Defined It. Composed by Rich Lackowski. Artist/Personality; Method/Instruction; Percussion - Drum Set Method or Collection. On the Beaten Path. Rock. Book & CD. 104 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.31503).

Item Number: AP.31503

ISBN 0739056719. Rock.

This must-have guide for drummers provides insight into the history and development of the progressive rock genre, and explores a dozen legendary drummers that had the most impact on the style. The book will lead you through the beats, licks, solos, and grooves that made each artist famous, with insight into their approaches, the gear they used, the bands they played in, and the drummers who influenced them. The easy-to-follow lessons delve into authentic transcriptions of 36 famous beats and solos from songs by Porcupine Tree, The Mars Volta, Tool, Dream Theater, Rush, Frank Zappa, Yes, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and others. Amazing photos are included, as well as a listing of essential recordings. All the beats and solos in the book are performed on the accompanying CD.

* Barriemore Barlow
* Terry Bozzio
* Bill Bruford
* Danny Carey
* Vinnie Colaiuta
* Phil Collins
* Michael Giles
* Gavin Harrison
* Carl Palmer
* Neil Peart
* Mike Portnoy
* Jon Theodore
* . . . and more!

On the Beaten Path: Progressive Rock is a much-anticipated extension to the highly acclaimed, award-winning book On the Beaten Path: The Drummer's Guide to Musical Styles and the Legends Who Defined Them, voted No. 1 Educational Book in the 2008 Modern Drummer Reader's Poll!, and voted No. 1 Book in the 2008 DRUM! Reader's Poll!

"Capturing the essence of prog drumming in an educational book isn't easy, but Lackowski does a fine job. Lackowski proves himself a true aficionado and a trusted source. Four stars!"
- Modern Drummer magazine

"This is where Lackowski shines! He has a gift that enables him to break down the core elements of a musical piece and translate those ideas into easily understandable written notation. On the Beaten Path: Progressive Rock is a must for anybody who wants to get on the inside track to understanding their heroes."

  • Acknowledgements 
  • The Path 
  • Music Notation 
  • The Kings of Progressive Rock Drumming 
  • Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) 
  • Halo from Deadwing (2005) 
  • The Start of Something Beautiful from Deadwing (2005) 
  • Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta) 
  • Vermicide from Amputechture (2006) 
  • Cicatriz E.S.P. from De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) 
  • Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus from Frances the Mute (2005) 
  • Danny Carey (Tool) 
  • Vicarious from 10,000 Days (2006) 
  • Ticks & Leeches from Lateralus (2001) 
  • Eulogy from ∆nima (1996) 
  • Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) 
  • Pull Me Under from Images and Words (1992) 
  • Home from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999) 
  • Caught in a Web from Awake (1994) 
  • Neil Peart (Rush) 
  • The Spirit of Radio from Permanent Waves (1980) 
  • La Villa Strangiato from Hemispheres (1978) 
  • Tom Sawyer from Moving Pictures (1981) 
  • Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull) 
  • Thick As a Brick (Side One) from Thick As a Brick (1972) 
  • Conundrum from Bursting Out (1978) 
  • No Lullaby from Heavy Horses (1978) 
  • Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa) 
  • Watermelon in Easter Hay from Joe's Garage (1979) 
  • Five-Five-FIVE from Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar (1981) 
  • Keep It Greasy from Joe's Garage (1979) 
  • Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, U.K.) 
  • Danger Money from U.K.'s Danger Money (1979) 
  • The Purple Lagoon from Frank Zappa's Zappa in New York (1978) 
  • Caesar's Palace Blues from U.K.'s Danger Money (1979) 
  • Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) 
  • Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Part 1 from Brain Salad Surgery (1973) 
  • Tank from Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970) 
  • Tarkus from Tarkus (1971) 
  • Phil Collins (Genesis) 
  • Back in N.Y.C. from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) 
  • The Colony of Slippermen (The Raven) from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) 
  • Dance on a Volcano from A Trick of the Trail (1976) 
  • Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, U.K.) 
  • Roundabout from Yes's Fragile (1972) 
  • Alaska from U.K.'s U.K. (1978) 
  • One More Red Nightmare from King Crimson's Red (1974) 
  • Michael Giles (King Crimson) 
  • The Court of the Crimson King from In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) 
  • 21st Century Schizoid Man from In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) Intermediate 
  • 21st Century Schizoid Man from In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) Advanced 
  • Progography: Other Progressive Rock Drummers and Recordings You Should Know