Drumset Essentials, published by Alfred Music, was carefully designed with meticulous attention to detail to be the best method for drummers of any skill level. The series teaches the art of drumming in a logical progression that is clearly written and thorough in its content. A play-along CD is included for each volume sold at this website that contains play-along tracks without drums as well as complete band tracks with which students can listen to Peter’s drumming approach and style.
Volume 2 continues to build on the basic techniques presented in Volume 1, focusing on moderately complex rhythms and beats, large and small ensemble playing, fills and solos (conceptualizing, hearing, and executing same), drumset reading and brush technique. The CD features exciting big band performances in addition to original Erskine Trio tracks. This is the book to get for drummers who are already on their way but need guidance and experience in ensemble playing.
I think the play-along CD for this volume is the most practical, realistic and musical “minus one” drum recording yet produced. I use it with all of my students now, and they seem to really enjoy it; plus, I can hear big improvements in their playing.
– (from an instructor…)