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  • Drummers are drawn to electronic percussion for the same reasons today as we were back in the early ’80s.These days, more and more drummers are embracing electronics, which is helping to keep sales thriving. In this article we’ll address some of the common categories of electronic percussion instruments....

    What You Need to Know About…Electronic Percussion

    Drummers are drawn to electronic percussion for the same reasons today as we were back in the early ’80s.These days, more and more drummers are embracing electronics, which is helping to keep sales thriving. In this article we’ll address some of the common categories of electronic percussion instruments....

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  • “Rock Steady” combines a super-solid groove and some classic funk techniques with a special twist. Click to check out In the Pocket columnist Jim Payne’s take on how to master it....

    In the Pocket: “Rock Steady” Demystified (VIDEO)

    “Rock Steady” combines a super-solid groove and some classic funk techniques with a special twist. Click to check out In the Pocket columnist Jim Payne’s take on how to master it....

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  • Three microphones are ideal for most drumset work. Even when I’m employing multiple mics, I find myself getting most of the sound from just three, usually a stereo pair over the drums and a single one on the bass drum. Check out a video demo here....

    Drum Miking 101, Part 3: Three-Mic Setups (VIDEO)

    Three microphones are ideal for most drumset work. Even when I’m employing multiple mics, I find myself getting most of the sound from just three, usually a stereo pair over the drums and a single one on the bass drum. Check out a video demo here....

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  • In part two of our miniseries on the ruff, we discuss the four-stroke version. It takes a certain amount of precision, which is also what makes it so cool. Click for a video demo.

    Rock Perspectives: Diamonds in the Ruff, Part 2: The Sexy Four-Stroke (VIDEO)

    In part two of our miniseries on the ruff, we discuss the four-stroke version. It takes a certain amount of precision, which is also what makes it so cool. Click for a video demo.

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  • At first thought, it might be easy to write off any bass drum pedal as a simple combination of footboard and beater. After all, how many ways can there be to strike a kick drum? To those non-drummers out there, it probably seems as elemental as step on a pedal, make some noise. But there are many different pedals on the market, with various features to suit each individual’s taste....

    What You Need to Know About…Bass Drum Pedals

    At first thought, it might be easy to write off any bass drum pedal as a simple combination of footboard and beater. After all, how many ways can there be to strike a kick drum? To those non-drummers out there, it probably seems as elemental as step on a pedal, make some noise. But there are many different pedals on the market, with various features to suit each individual’s taste....

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  • “Which one is the xylophone?” “How do I tell where the notes are?” “Are these the right mallets?” Those are just a few of the questions young drummers-turned-percussionists often end up asking their band directors when handed a glockenspiel or timpani part to play with their school concert band for the first time....

    What You Need to Know About…Mallets

    “Which one is the xylophone?” “How do I tell where the notes are?” “Are these the right mallets?” Those are just a few of the questions young drummers-turned-percussionists often end up asking their band directors when handed a glockenspiel or timpani part to play with their school concert band for the first time....

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  • In the article we walk you through some of the ways that you can expand on the exercises in Ron Spagnardi’s classic book Progressive Independence: Rock.

    Rock & Jazz Clinic: Progressive Independence: Rock Revisited (VIDEO)

    In the article we walk you through some of the ways that you can expand on the exercises in Ron Spagnardi’s classic book Progressive Independence: Rock.

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  • So far in this column, we’ve discussed drumsticks and counterhoops. Now it’s time to dig in and take a look at what we consider to be the heart and soul of every drum—the shell. The shell is the main part of any drum and is really where the sound starts once you hit the head. Whether it’s a wood shell that’s been glued in plies or a metal shell cast in a mold, everything that goes into making a shell has an effect on the sound the drum produces. To answer some questions concerning shells, DB reached out to two specialists in the boutique drum business, Matty Longo of Longo Custom Drums and Curt Waltrip of Joyful Noise Drum Company....

    What You Need to Know About…Drum Shells

    So far in this column, we’ve discussed drumsticks and counterhoops. Now it’s time to dig in and take a look at what we consider to be the heart and soul of every drum—the shell. The shell is the main part of any drum and is really where the sound starts once you hit the head. Whether it’s a wood shell that’s been glued in plies or a metal shell cast in a mold, everything that goes into making a shell has an effect on the sound the drum produces. To answer some questions concerning shells, DB reached out to two specialists in the boutique drum business, Matty Longo of Longo Custom Drums and Curt Waltrip of Joyful Noise Drum Company....

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  • Click here to check out part 1 of a two-part series devoted to ways to practice and perfect three- and four-stroke ruffs....

    Rock Perspectives: The Mighty Three-Stroke Ruff (VIDEO)

    Click here to check out part 1 of a two-part series devoted to ways to practice and perfect three- and four-stroke ruffs....

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  • We asked the members of the <em>Modern Drummer</em> Education Team if they felt that it’s important for all drummers to study Latin music and other musical genres, even if they don’t intend to ever perform those styles. Here’s what they had to say....

    Modern Drummer Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Other Styles

    We asked the members of the Modern Drummer Education Team if they felt that it’s important for all drummers to study Latin music and other musical genres, even if they don’t intend to ever perform those styles. Here’s what they had to say....

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  • A great investment deserves protection, but helping your customers find the right case for their needs can be tricky, because there are so many choices. You need to have some good recommendations when you’re asked what drum, cymbal, and hardware bags and cases you like for your own gear. Having a good handle on the current crop of brands and common models will help you lead your customers to the right solutions....

    What You Need to Know About…Drum Cases

    A great investment deserves protection, but helping your customers find the right case for their needs can be tricky, because there are so many choices. You need to have some good recommendations when you’re asked what drum, cymbal, and hardware bags and cases you like for your own gear. Having a good handle on the current crop of brands and common models will help you lead your customers to the right solutions....

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  • By its very nature, the drumset can be the hardest instrument to mike. Guitarists, for example, have it easy: They have only themselves, their axe, and maybe an amp to deal with, whereas a drummer’s territory essentially comprises a collection of vastly different instruments. In this article we’ll take a look at the main categories of microphones before delving into more specific drum applications and the various models and pre-packs available....

    What You Need to Know About…Drum Mics

    By its very nature, the drumset can be the hardest instrument to mike. Guitarists, for example, have it easy: They have only themselves, their axe, and maybe an amp to deal with, whereas a drummer’s territory essentially comprises a collection of vastly different instruments. In this article we’ll take a look at the main categories of microphones before delving into more specific drum applications and the various models and pre-packs available....

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  • This lesson by April 2014 cover artist, Mike Johnston, is all about mixing together two drumming ingredients, the samba foot ostinato and odd groupings, to create a special recipe for creative independence....

    LESSON! Rock & Jazz Clinic: Odd Groupings Over Samba (From the Feb. 2015 Issue)

    This lesson by April 2014 cover artist, Mike Johnston, is all about mixing together two drumming ingredients, the samba foot ostinato and odd groupings, to create a special recipe for creative independence....

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  • The Lindy drumbeat, one of the most common feels in early rock ’n’ roll, features strong snare accents on beat 2, the “&” of 2, and beat 4. Check out a video demo of a few different Lindy variations here.

    VIDEO! The Lindy Beat: The Grooviest of Early Rock Grooves (From the February 2015 Issue)

    The Lindy drumbeat, one of the most common feels in early rock ’n’ roll, features strong snare accents on beat 2, the “&” of 2, and beat 4. Check out a video demo of a few different Lindy variations here.

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  • The term effects, or FX, is applied to a wide array of cymbals, from tiny splashes to giant, oddly shaped sheets of metal to cymbals with tambourine jingles riveted to them. The key to helping customers find that unique voice they’ve been missing in their setup is to know what’s out there. To follow is a rundown of the common categories of effects cymbals....

    What You Need to Know About…Effects Cymbals

    The term effects, or FX, is applied to a wide array of cymbals, from tiny splashes to giant, oddly shaped sheets of metal to cymbals with tambourine jingles riveted to them. The key to helping customers find that unique voice they’ve been missing in their setup is to know what’s out there. To follow is a rundown of the common categories of effects cymbals....

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  • In this miniseries we’re utilizing a “glue” method to gain freedom and flow while soloing. This time we’re exploring ways to apply different note rates.

    VIDEO! Solid Soloing, Part 2: Changing Note Rates (From the January 2015 Issue)

    In this miniseries we’re utilizing a “glue” method to gain freedom and flow while soloing. This time we’re exploring ways to apply different note rates.

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  • All drummers require hardware of some kind. Knowing what kinds of packages are available from your favorite brands, as well as becoming familiar with individual solutions to common mounting requirements, will help you find what works for you. In this article we’ll look closely at some of the different types of cymbal stands....

    What You Need to Know About…Cymbal Stands

    All drummers require hardware of some kind. Knowing what kinds of packages are available from your favorite brands, as well as becoming familiar with individual solutions to common mounting requirements, will help you find what works for you. In this article we’ll look closely at some of the different types of cymbal stands....

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  • Click here to check out a video of Jason Aldean drummer, Rich Redmond demonstrating some of the popular radio grooves discussed in his article from the January 2015 issue.

    Basics: Radio Beats (From the January 2015 Issue)

    Click here to check out a video of Jason Aldean drummer, Rich Redmond demonstrating some of the popular radio grooves discussed in his article from the January 2015 issue.

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