New Book on “The Professor”

“Neil Peart is acknowledged as one of the greatest drummers of all time. The impact he had on the drumming community was huge. He inspired a generation of drummers and is still a formative influence. He was nicknamed “The Professor” for his musicality, precision and accuracy on the drums.”

This opens the Introduction to the new book from Francesco Vecchio titled: Neil Peart: An Introduction to His Drumming Style. Part Biography – Part Transcription Book this work is an extremely well-rounded look at the life and work of “The Professor,” considered by many to be the best of all time.

This opens the Introduction to the new book from Francesco Vecchio titled: Neil Peart: An Introduction to His Drumming Style. Part Biography – Part Transcription Book this work is an extremely well-rounded look at the life and work of “The Professor.”

The biography portion looks at the life of Peart from a young aspiring drummer to perhaps the greatest drummer ever to pick up a pair of sticks. The book analyzes and includes the drum sheet music for one of his most remarkable works: “Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres.” Every drum part analyzed is accompanied by an audio file. The audio samples are available for download (both MP3 and WAV) by scanning a QR code, or for streaming with a link that is provided.

The book presents a song-by-song analysis of five songs chosen by the author. This is an introductory guide for those who want to approach Rush’s discography and Neil Part’s drumming.

The author was kind enough to send a preview copy of the book to Off Beat for review. The first thing that I noticed was the wealth of information included in the narrative. Vecchio covers Peart’s life in a clear and concise manner. Chapters include Drum Influences, The Interview, Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres and Further Listening 1977-1981. A photo gallery is also included.

Vecchio’s admiration for Peart is evident and his passion for presenting the life story of the drumming legend both behind and in front of the kit shines through. The book is intended both for drummers and Rush fans: a guide for all the drummers who want to understand the basics of Neil Peart’s drumming, a document to collect for all the Rush fans, and for the younger generations, a way to approach the music of Rush.

The book will be available from January 4 in two print formats, paperback, and hardcover, and in an eBook version now available for pre-order. For more info about the book: https://francisdrummingblog.com/2020/11/19/neil-peart-an-introduction-to-his-drumming-style/

For more on Francesco Vecchio visit: francisdrummingblog.com – Drum sheet music, exercises & other stuff  

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