New Releases from Hal Leonard

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• Created: January 19, 2018

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The Looper Pedal Songbook from Hal Leonard is the first-ever songbook designed to help guitarists play songs using live looping.

Once a novelty tool in music, looping pedals are now used by some of the most popular artists in the world. Even though their popularity has grown, very little has been written for beginners about how to perform using them.

The Looper Pedal Songbook, written by best-selling Hal Leonard author Chad Johnson, features 50 songs that will put players’ looping skills to good use, and are designed to be played with even the most modest looper on the market. Each arrangement is written for performance by a single acoustic or electric guitar, but also allows for some experimentation to ensure players can take their looping to new heights. This book teaches how to start and end a loop, overdubbing, common routing directions, and loop setup. Regardless of looper-use skill level, the Looper Pedal Songbook will help expand a player’s looper knowledge and vocabulary.

Songs for this songbook were carefully selected, specifically for their repetitive structure that make them perfect to perform using a pedal. Songs featured in the book span multiple genres, from classic rock hits like “All Along the Watchtower,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Twist and Shout,” and “Hey Joe,” to modern rock-pop favorites like “Happy,” “I’m Yours,” “Shape of You,” and “Viva La Vida.”

The Looper Pedal Songbook will retail for $14.99

Hal Leonard’s their first-ever drumset method is the flagship Hal Leonard Method Series. 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.

The Deluxe Guitar Play-Along series from Hal Leonard gives guitarists the ability to play along with interactive sound-alike backing tracks and each volume will feature nearly double the songs from the original Guitar Play-Along series.

The books include unique codes that let users go online to access an interactive audio interface with backing tracks for each song. The audio tracks are professionally recorded by a live band to emulate the original recordings as closely as possible. In addition to letting players see and hear the score as it plays, the interface lets users customize the tempo and pitch, loop passages, and isolate instruments. The tracks can be streamed or downloaded and played offline.

Each book includes notes and tablature for fifteen songs. The songs are carefully arranged to consolidate multiple guitar parts from the original recordings into one full-sounding yet playable guitar part.

The Deluxe Guitar Play-Along series is launching with seven volumes: Acoustic Songs, The Beatles, Classic Rock, Really Easy Songs, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ed Sheeran, and Top Rock Hits. Each volume retails for $19.99.

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