LOS ANGELES, CA — January 28, 2008 — Alfred and the National Guitar Workshop are pleased to present three new titles in the Versatile series, an all-new series crafted to improve the diversity and ease of all musicians. The Versatile Guitarist, The Versatile Bassist, and The Versatile Drummer are now available.
A popular collection featuring book and CD sets, the Versatile series is designed to improve the skill and variety utilized by musicians everywhere. Versatility means being well-rounded, adaptable, and open-minded. For guitarists, versatility renders players better able to fuse a variety of musical influences to create new and unique sounds. For bassists, versatility means knowing a wide range of styles, grooves, scales, and techniques. For drummers, versatility means being able to play in a wide range of styles and genres. The Versatile series is perfect for musicians of all ability levels looking to expand their musical knowledge and increase their skills, unleashing their inner musician and teaching the art of becoming a flexible, adaptable, and versatile musician. A CD demonstrating the musical examples in each book is included.
The Versatile Guitarist, item number 00-28243, The Versatile Bassist, item number 00-28237, and The Versatile Drummer, item number 00-28240, are now available as book and CD sets for $19.95 each..
The Versatile Guitarist features: A brief history of each style and a list of influential players · Musical examples for beginning to advances players · Fretboard visualization techniques using the CAGED system · An overview of music theory and notation · Sample licks and tips on soloing · Tips for playing acoustic and electric guitar · Guitar parts in a wide variety of styles, including blues, rock, heavy metal, reggae, ska, funk, jazz, classical, and Latin.
The Versatile Bassist features: The history of each style and a list of influential players · Musical examples for beginning to advanced players · Tips on keeping good time and locking in with a drummer · An overview of music theory and notation · Scale and chord reference charts · Techniques such as playing chords, slap & pop, muted notes, and tapping · Sample licks and tips on soloing · Bass lines in a wide variety of styles, including blues, rockabilly, country, rock, heavy metal, reggae, ska, funk, jazz, and Latin.
The Versatile Drummer features: Practical advice for becoming a versatile and in-demand drummer · Exercises to strengthen essential reading skills · Techniques for developing a solid, consistent groove · Practice tips to speed development · Styles including rock, funk, blues, shuffle, Afro-Cuban, reggae, hip-hop, reggaeton, jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, bossa nova, samba, and jazz · Suggested listening for bands and drummers in each style.