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  • Original Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Bob Burns, one of the founders of the legendary Southern-rock band, was killed last week in an auto accident in Georgia, at age sixty-four.

    Founding Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Bob Burns Dies

    Original Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Bob Burns, one of the founders of the legendary Southern-rock band, was killed last week in an auto accident in Georgia, at age sixty-four.

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  • See what's in the May 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, available now...

    May 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Jojo Mayer

    See what's in the May 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, available now...

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  • Last Friday, March 20, longtime Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero died in Poughkeepsie, New York, from an apparent heart attack while on the road with Adrenaline Mob.

    AJ Pero Dies at Age 55

    Last Friday, March 20, longtime Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero died in Poughkeepsie, New York, from an apparent heart attack while on the road with Adrenaline Mob.

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  • Let’s address some of the elements of drum tuning that you need to know....

    What You Need to Know About…
    Drum Tuning

    Let’s address some of the elements of drum tuning that you need to know....

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  • This article originally ran in the July/Aug 2010 issue of Drum Business.   by Fran Azzarto   Counterhoops are among the more mysterious elements of a drumkit. Some drummers aren’t even aware that there are […]

    What You Need to Know About…
    Counterhoops

    This article originally ran in the July/Aug 2010 issue of Drum Business.   by Fran Azzarto   Counterhoops are among the more mysterious elements of a drumkit. Some drummers aren’t even aware that there are […]

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  • In <em>Modern Drummer</em>’s May/June 1979 issue, just over two years after Ron Spagnardi launched the magazine, our first Readers Poll appeared. Want to guess some of the names that made the cut that first time around?

    Modern Drummer’s Readers Poll Archive, 1979-2014

    In Modern Drummer’s May/June 1979 issue, just over two years after Ron Spagnardi launched the magazine, our first Readers Poll appeared. Want to guess some of the names that made the cut that first time around?

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  • <em>Modern Drummer</em> is saddened to learn of the passing of Lennie Di Muzio, longtime artist relations manager for the Avedis Zildjian company. Later in life Di Muzio worked for Sabian Ltd., which, on its Facebook page, described Di Muzio as “a one-of-a-kind and a true legend who helped shape the industry we know and love.”

    Lennie DiMuzio Passes

    Modern Drummer is saddened to learn of the passing of Lennie Di Muzio, longtime artist relations manager for the Avedis Zildjian company. Later in life Di Muzio worked for Sabian Ltd., which, on its Facebook page, described Di Muzio as “a one-of-a-kind and a true legend who helped shape the industry we know and love.”

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  • Some great things have happened in my career, but being featured in the current (April 2015) issue of <em>Modern Drummer</em> is a dream come true, especially as I’ve also just discovered that both <em>MD</em> and I were born in 1977....

    Drummer Blog: Gabor “Gabs” Dornyei on Being Anything but Average

    Some great things have happened in my career, but being featured in the current (April 2015) issue of Modern Drummer is a dream come true, especially as I’ve also just discovered that both MD and I were born in 1977....

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  • The renowned Latin and jazz drummer/percussionist has always known how to get his point across, whether in the studio, on stage, or in the classroom. Here he offers words of advice that all of us, regardless of age or preferred musical style, should take heed of....

    10 Tips from Bobby Sanabria

    The renowned Latin and jazz drummer/percussionist has always known how to get his point across, whether in the studio, on stage, or in the classroom. Here he offers words of advice that all of us, regardless of age or preferred musical style, should take heed of....

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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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  • 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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