The Hal Leonard Drumset Method

Mike Lawson • Instruments & Gear • January 23, 2018

The Hal Leonard Drumset Method, by acclaimed educator Kennan Wylie with drummer extraordinaire Gregg Bissonette, will help all beginners kick-start their drum lessons.

Wylie, a percussionist, professor and award-winning band director from Texas, is an active clinician, adjudicator, and president of the Texas PAS chapter. Bissonette, one of the most versatile drummers in the business, has worked across multiple genres and worked with major acts like Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth, James Taylor, and many more, and has also become widely known in the drum community for his instructional videos and drum clinics.

The book is designed for anyone just learning to play the drum set. It is a comprehensive and easy-to-use beginner’s guide that includes lessons on drum setup and fundamentals, tuning and maintenance, basic music reading, grips and strokes, coordination and basic techniques, half-time grooves, syncopation, jazz drumming, drum soloing, and much more.

In additional to the great lessons, each book includes hours of audio tracks for demonstration and play along, plus video lessons from Bissonette. The audio and video tracks can be accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right. Players also have access to downloadable PDF files with extra practice material for each book.

The Hal Leonard Drumset Method series is launching with three books: Hal Leonard Drumset Method–Book 1, Hal Leonard Drumset Method–Book 2, and Hal Leonard Drumset Method Complete Edition. Book 1 and Book 2 retail for $16.99, and the Complete Edition retails for $27.50.

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