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The Level System

Alfred Music Publishing, home to the world’s largest percussion print music catalog, releases The Level System, a natural drum technique method for developing control of accents and dynamics. The book is an overview of The Level System, as taught by percussion education greats George Lawrence Stone and Joe Morello.

In The Level System, author Jeff Johnson includes lessons that cover the techniques and rudiments of drumming, as well natural technique. With examples that are short, as to draw attention to the task at hand, the guidebook teaches percussion students to transition instantly between accented and unaccented notes, as well performing within an extreme dynamic range, free of tension. The exercises are developed to aid new and experienced drummers alike, preparing the hands for the upcoming note, one stroke in advance, by utilizing full strokes, downstrokes, upstrokes, and tap strokes.

Exercises are easy to understand through the use of in-depth explanations, and musical examples, including helpful graphics and example photos. The concepts taught are geared for the reader to incorporate into their performance material and method books. Drumset players can also benefit from both the hand exercises and the drumset exercises in the last chapters. An introduction to the method, notes on technique, and tips on playing with a metronome are also included.

Jeff Johnson is extremely active as a performer, private instructor, and clinician. He has an extensive musical background, having studied classical percussion under Robert Nowak, drumset with Steve Fidyk, and hand technique with the legendary Joe Morello. His stage experience includes performing with the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, trumpet legend Wayne Bergeron, Grammy®-nominated singer Juanita Williams, and many more. He is a member of Vic Firth Private Drum Teachers Program and the Percussive Arts Society. Jeff is also endorsed by Vic Firth sticks, mallets and accessories, and Sabian cymbals.

The Level System is now available for $10.99 at music retail stores and online today through the Drummer Cafe.

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