Music education publisher Alfred Music announces the release of Paul Wertico’s new book, Turn The Beat Around: A Drummer’s Guide To Playing “Backbeats” on 1 & 3 ($19.99).

Wertico’s new book examines backbeats by asking why are backbeats are always played on beats 2 and 4, and why not play them on beats 1 and 3? By delving into this inquiry, Wertico provides drummers with innovative ways of expanding groove vocabulary, solidifying time, and mastering coordination and limb independence. Wertico has even coined a new word for these types of reversed beats: frontbeats.


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Wertico gained worldwide recognition as a member of the Pat Metheny Group from 1983 to 2001. During his tenure with Metheny, Wertico played on 10 recordings and four videos, appeared on numerous television shows, and frequently toured around the world. He also won seven Grammy Awards (for “Best Jazz Fusion Performance,” “Best Contemporary Jazz Performance,” and “Best Rock Instrumental Performance”), magazine polls, and received several Gold records.

Find more information about Paul Wertico’s book, Turn The Beat Around.

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