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On The Beaten Path

On the Beaten Path: The Drummer’s Guide to Musical Styles and the Legends Who Defined Them , by Rich Lackowski, is the must-have book for every drummer, aspiring drummer, and drum enthusiast worldwide. Combining inspirational drumming transcriptions and lessons with insightful history of the greatest drum legends to ever pick up the sticks, On the Beaten Path is an exploration of the true passion of drumming, perfect for experts and amateurs alike. The book provides insight into the history and development of a wide selection of genres, including Funk, Alternative/Punk Rock, Metal, Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Jam Band, Fusion, Jazz, and Reggae, and explores the legendary drummers that impacted each style. Transcriptions and easy-to-follow lessons to 85 of the most legendary beats and solos ever recorded are also included, as well as dozens of amazing photos, and an audio CD containing all the beats and solos presented in the book. Aimed at drummers of all skill levels, from enthusiasts to advanced players, this 250 page book provides a beginner, intermediate, and advanced lesson for each drummer. It's an essential addition to any drummer's library, and at $29.95 (SRP) for the book and CD, it also makes a great gift!

Drummers covered include Travis Barker (blink-182), Carlton Barrett (Bob Marley and The Wailers), Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Danny Carey (Tool), Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Tré Cool (Green Day), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Sly Dunbar (Sly & Robbie, Black Uhuru, Peter Tosh), Topper Headon (The Clash), Bill Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), Gene Krupa (Benny Goodman Orchestra), Keith Moon (The Who), Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Neil Peart (Rush), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Buddy Rich, Max Roach (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ringo Starr (The Beatles), Clyde Stubblefield & John "Jabo" Starks (James Brown), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Dave Weckl (Chick Corea), Tony Williams (Miles Davis), and many more!

Look for the July issue of Modern Drummer, mailing to subscribers now and hitting newsstands on May 30, for the 2008 Readers Poll feature story, and the August edition of DRUM! magazine, on sale July 14, for the 2008 Drummie Awards feature story.