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The Rolling Stones play along

Alfred's Ultimate Drum Play-Along series gives you everything you need to jam with your favorite songs. This book/CD includes amazing sound-alike recordings and authentic drum charts to eight Rolling Stones classics.

With Ultimate Drum Play-Along: The Rolling Stones, there are two audio versions of every song on the included CDs: a full-performance sound-alike recording, and a professional accompaniment track without drums so you can play along. When you use the CDs in your Mac or Windows-based computer, the TNT (Tone 'n' Tempo) Changer allows you to access three versions of each song: the full performance version, the accompaniment with a constant click track, and the accompaniment without a click track.

In addition, the TNT software allows you to easily loop sections for practice, change the key, and slow tracks down or speed them up without changing the pitch.

REVIEW

I sat down behind the drumkit and played along with all of the eights tunes in the Ultimate Drum Play-Along: The Rolling Stones book/CD. All of the charts were easy to read, and upon comparison with The Rolling Stones' original recordings (not included) I am able to confirm that they are indeed accurate and true to Charlie Watts' drum performance. My only complaint with the book is that there were multiple pages to each chart, which made it a little difficult to continue playing while turning pages. Several solutions might be to make the pages perforated so they could be removed and placed in plastic sleevs for a three-ring binder, or to offer to the book with spiral binding.

The CD Tone 'N' Tempo (TnT) changer feature worked well, as usual. I'm confident that someone over at Alfred read a previous review of mine where I suggested that they make it possible to mute the click track. With this TnT version, you can now play with the drums, without the drums but with click, and without the drums and click. Thanks Alfred!

At first I was a little confused with the two CDs provided in the packet. Although both CDs have the exact same TnT features when used with your computer, the separate discs allow you to have a full-performance version and accompaniment version when using a standard CD player. Nice.

The Rolling Stones tunes in this package, all with without vocals but authentically reproduced include:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Honky Tonk Women
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Let It Bleed
  • Paint It Black
  • (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  • You Can't Always Get What You Want

 

An added bonus with the Ultimate Drum Play-Along: The Rolling Stones book/CD package is the Performance Notes in the front of the book which shares some inside stories behind the songs.

Drummers interested in learning Rolling Stones tunes will find this drum play-along package a useful, fun and educational tool. Highly recommended for all level players.