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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Watch <em>Modern Drummer</em>’s March 2015 cover artist, Matt Garstka, explain and demonstrate the intro to “Nephele,” from Animals as Leaders’ <em>The</em> <em>Joy</em> o<em>f</em> <em>Motion</em>...

    Video: Matt Garstka Demonstrates Animals as Leaders’ “Nephele”

    Watch Modern Drummer’s March 2015 cover artist, Matt Garstka, explain and demonstrate the intro to “Nephele,” from Animals as Leaders’ The Joy of Motion...

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  • Watch <em>Modern Drummer</em>’s March 2015 cover artist, Matt Garstka, explain and play through the main groove of “The Future That Awaited Me,” from Animals as Leaders’ <em>The</em> <em>Joy</em> o<em>f</em> <em>Motion</em>...

    Video: Matt Garstka Demonstrates Animals as Leaders’ “The Future That Awaited Me”

    Watch Modern Drummer’s March 2015 cover artist, Matt Garstka, explain and play through the main groove of “The Future That Awaited Me,” from Animals as Leaders’ The Joy of Motion...

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  • Modern Drummer speaks to the drummer with Jane’s Addiction following a series of concerts dedicated to the band’s classic album Nothing’s Shocking....

    The Modern Drummer Podcast
    Episode 3 With Stephen Perkins

    Modern Drummer speaks to the drummer with Jane’s Addiction following a series of concerts dedicated to the band’s classic album Nothing’s Shocking....

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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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  • King Crimson hasn't worked a deal with Spotify, so we took a different approach this month to sharing music by our cover stars. Check out tracks featuring mighty Crim drummers Pat Mastelotto with Steven Wilson, Gavin Harrison with Iggy Pop, and Bill Rieflin with Ministry. Also on tap: several classic cuts from the late, great Idris Muhammad, a cool selection of music representing the MD feature "Understand Indian Rhythmic Concepts," and much, much more....

    Listen to the Drumming on Spotify: Great Tracks From MD‘s February 2015 Issue

    King Crimson hasn't worked a deal with Spotify, so we took a different approach this month to sharing music by our cover stars. Check out tracks featuring mighty Crim drummers Pat Mastelotto with Steven Wilson, Gavin Harrison with Iggy Pop, and Bill Rieflin with Ministry. Also on tap: several classic cuts from the late, great Idris Muhammad, a cool selection of music representing the MD feature "Understand Indian Rhythmic Concepts," and much, much more....

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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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  • 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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  • Cardona’s colleagues and friends remember him as a fierce warrior who played hard but also had a good-natured, kind spirit. We asked some of these friends and colleagues to share what they remember about him....

    Latin Percussion Icon Milton Cardona Remembered

    Cardona’s colleagues and friends remember him as a fierce warrior who played hard but also had a good-natured, kind spirit. We asked some of these friends and colleagues to share what they remember about him....

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  • Our January 2015 Spotify Playlist covers the usual gamut, including important jazz tracks from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and today; lots of rock from the classic to the contemporary; and much more. Get it all right here.

    Listen to the Drumming on Spotify: Great Tracks From MD‘s January 2015 Issue

    Our January 2015 Spotify Playlist covers the usual gamut, including important jazz tracks from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and today; lots of rock from the classic to the contemporary; and much more. Get it all right here.

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  • Supertramp has always been tough to categorize. Is it a pop band with a fondness for complex arrangements, a progressive-rock band with impeccable pop smarts, or something else entirely? One thing’s for sure: Difficulties categorizing the group seemed not to hurt its popularity, as a string of hit albums, including Even in the Quietest Moments (featuring the hit “Give a Little Bit”) and Breakfast in America (“The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Goodbye Stranger”) kept Supertramp at the top of the charts throughout the mid and late ’70s....

    Supertramp’s Bob Siebenberg

    Supertramp has always been tough to categorize. Is it a pop band with a fondness for complex arrangements, a progressive-rock band with impeccable pop smarts, or something else entirely? One thing’s for sure: Difficulties categorizing the group seemed not to hurt its popularity, as a string of hit albums, including Even in the Quietest Moments (featuring the hit “Give a Little Bit”) and Breakfast in America (“The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Goodbye Stranger”) kept Supertramp at the top of the charts throughout the mid and late ’70s....

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  • As someone working in a drum shop or the drum department of a music store, your word is gold. Most of the time, you’re the only connection that drummers have to the manufacturers and their products, so your knowledge of drum gear can have a lasting effect on your customers. That said, the variety of questions you’re asked can surely be overwhelming at times. This column will field some of the most common queries related to a specific topic, and you can use the answers the next time you’re helping a customer figure out what to buy and why to buy it. We’re kicking off this series with the most basic yet most essential accessory item: drumsticks....

    What You Need to Know About…Drumsticks

    As someone working in a drum shop or the drum department of a music store, your word is gold. Most of the time, you’re the only connection that drummers have to the manufacturers and their products, so your knowledge of drum gear can have a lasting effect on your customers. That said, the variety of questions you’re asked can surely be overwhelming at times. This column will field some of the most common queries related to a specific topic, and you can use the answers the next time you’re helping a customer figure out what to buy and why to buy it. We’re kicking off this series with the most basic yet most essential accessory item: drumsticks....

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  • Snare drums are easily the most recognizable voice in the drumkit. The practice of studio drummers using a different snare for every song, in order to change the overall voice of the kit, shows this theory in action. Some players have signature snare sounds that identify them immediately, where others aim for less distinct tones that blend into the music. Drummers also tend to bring...

    What You Need to Know About…Snare Drums

    Snare drums are easily the most recognizable voice in the drumkit. The practice of studio drummers using a different snare for every song, in order to change the overall voice of the kit, shows this theory in action. Some players have signature snare sounds that identify them immediately, where others aim for less distinct tones that blend into the music. Drummers also tend to bring...

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  • Many drummers don’t think about the edges of drum shells in terms of their impact on sound, but they can actually change the timbre quite dramatically. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a handle on different bearing-edge options and how they’ll affect the sound, in order to choose the most appropriate gear for your needs....

    What You Need to Know About…Bearing Edges

    Many drummers don’t think about the edges of drum shells in terms of their impact on sound, but they can actually change the timbre quite dramatically. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a handle on different bearing-edge options and how they’ll affect the sound, in order to choose the most appropriate gear for your needs....

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