Disperse Drummer Mike Malyan Releases Tab Book For The Band’s New Album, ‘Foreword’

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Disperse drummer Michael Malyan has released a new drum tab book for the band’s new album, Foreword. The book offers a complete transcription of Malyan’s drum parts on Foreword as well as audio files for Guitar Pro tablature editor software versions 5, 6, and 7; a PDF copy of the book; and more. The book is comb-bound on high-quality 100gsm (Grams Per Square Meter) paper.

“I’m so happy with this tab book,” Malyan says. “I’ve gone through and painstakingly mapped out the album drum parts, down to the extreme detail of exactly which cymbals were hit, and every single ghost note. Some parts are hybrids with some programmed drum elements, but the tabs encompass them into a playable hybrid of the two sounds.

“The digital book is written in Guitar Pro 6, and then optimized individually for the new Guitar Pro 7. I’ve also included GP5 files for those of you who have the older Guitar Pro 5 software, although I can’t guarantee all of the ghost notes will make it through! The physical book is printed on high quality 100gsm paper, and comb bound by hand by yours truly.”

To celebrate the release of the book, Malyan is currently giving away the tabs to the band’s single “Surrender” at malyan.cashmusic.org.

Malyan previously produced a Drum Playthrough video of the track “Surrender,” from Foreword.

“’Surrender’ is one of my favorite songs to play from Foreword,” Malyan says. “The challenge of the intricate dynamics in the simpler sections almost triumphs the later sections with the complex time signatures. Thankfully there’s a mini drum solo section at the end to make up for all of the difficulties!”

The Foreword drumming book is available for purchase as a physical copy.

A digital copy of the Foreword drum tab book is also available for purchase:


Foreword is streaming digitally at Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and more, and is available across multiple CD and LP formats from Season of Mist.