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Series features Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Gavin Harrison, Derek Roddy, and more.

Hudson Music announces the release of the first two titles in its Ultimate Drum Lessons series. Both products feature some of the world’s leading drummers and are value priced at $14.99 each.

Ultimate Drum Lessons: Double Bass Drumming will be released on November 1, 2010. Ultimate Drum Lessons: Progressive Rock will be released on November 15, 2010. Both DVDs will be available at leading drum shops, music stores, and online here at the Drummer Cafe. They will also be available for download at HudsonMusic.com.

Ultimate Drum Lessons - Double Bass Drumming

Ultimate Drum Lessons: Double Bass Drumming contains lessons from drummers best-known for the technique and musical application of double bass, including: Thomas Lang (stOrk), Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), Russ Miller (Christina Aguillera/Babyface), Chris Adler (Lamb of God), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold). The video includes performance footage of each artist, plus legendary drummers Simon Phillips (Jeff Beck/The Who), Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information), and Dave Lombardo (Slayer/Testament). 

The program is hosted by legendary drumming instructor Dom Famularo, who shares his perspectives on the craft. The DVD covers all contemporary double bass drumming styles, from fusion to speed metal.

Ultimate Drum Lessons - Progressive Rock

Ultimate Drum Lessons: Progressive Rock contains lessons and performances from some of the best-known icons of the genre, including: Neil Peart (Rush), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Carl Palmer (ELP/Asia), Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), Chris Pennie (Coheed and Cambria), Simon Phillips (The Who/Toto/Jeff Beck), Todd Sucherman (Styx), and Greg Bissonnette (David Lee Roth).

The DVD focuses on an understanding and appreciation of the signature elements of progressive drumming: power, odd meters, precision, creativity, and complexity. The program is hosted by prog/fusion legend Rod Morgenstein (The Dixie Dregs), who shares his own insights about this popular genre of music and drumming.

Both products are compilations of lessons taken from products previously released by Hudson Music. Hudson co-president Paul Siegel says this gives drummers a diverse and eye-opening product.

“Combining lessons from our expansive catalog allows drummers to experience a wide range of concepts while gaining exposure to drummers they may not already be familiar with.”