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The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike

Episode 17.5: Special Episode Featuring 1984 Gary Chester Interview

In this special in-between episode, we share a special interview from 1984 conducted by jazz/fusion great Danny Gottlieb with his teacher, studio great, and The New Breed author, Gary Chester. The interview covers everything from the inspiration behind the book to Chester’s thoughts on tuning, time, feel, posture, breathing, and more.

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Video Demo! Amedia – Kommagene Series Cymbals

These new cymbals are distinctly old-world in appearance, featuring flat profiles, unhammered bells, light and wide lathing, hand-hammered bows, and a proprietary aged finish, but they’re built for modern strength and stability. We were sent a set that included 15″ hi-hats, an 18″ crash, a 22″ ride, and a 20″ flat ride. Let’s check them out.

Flam It Up

Video Lesson: Basics – Flam it Up

Many of these exercises have a rock ’n’ roll feel and sound. But you can use them in jazz, funk, or fusion settings by experimenting with dynamics, touch, subdivision, and the tuning of your drums. Try playing the phrases on high-pitched drums for use in a bebop setting.

World Groove Mash-Up

Video Lesson: World Groove Independence Mash-Up with Mike Johnston

This lesson is an example of that approach. When I started working on world grooves in my teens, I learned quite a few traditional hand patterns and foot ostinatos from Cuba, Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Until recently, it never occurred to me to treat them as drumset rhythms without a cultural association. Once I made that leap, I started to mix and match to improve my independence on the kit.

Progressive Drumming Essentials, part 6

Video Lesson: Progressive Drumming Essentials, Part 6 – Syncopated Double Bass…The Easy Way

Vater is good about balancing its catalog with highly practical products and innovative designs and accessories. This year the company introduced unfinished versions of two of its most popular “rock” models, the 1A and 3A, and added custom designs for Primus’s Tim Alexander and 311’s Chad Sexton. Also new are two sizes of clear muffling gels, the Buzz Kill and Buzz Kill Dry, and a couple of inventive StickMates, which allow you to add shaker or tambourine textures to your grooves via a slim, lightweight plastic grip attachment. It’s all very cool stuff, so let’s take a look.