Beyond the Backbeat

From Rock & Funk to Jazz & Latin

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $22.99
  • Format: Book/CD
  • Pages: 72
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-634007017
  • SKU: 50449447
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2002

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“An interesting approach to expanding the stylistic grasp of rock and funk drummers. Excellent study for intermediate students who want to expand their command of Latin and jazz styles.”

—Terry O’Mahoney, Percussive Notes magazine

“I’ve recently purchased Larry Finn’s Beyond the Backbeat. The book is excellent and I’m really improving my drumming because of it. “

—Craig Dowling, Melbourne, Australia


Larry Finn

Larry Finn leads an active career as performer, recording artist, and teacher. He was the original drummer/ percussionist for the…