This week Mike and Mike pour through the October 2015 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine, talking a bit about the It’s Questionable article that defines the differences between chrome- and nickel-plated brass snares, cover artist Ilan Rubin, and the custom shop instruments being made by Angel Drums and V-Classic Cymbals. Johnston also explains the purpose behind his Rock & Jazz Clinic article “The Flexible Five.” The show wraps up with the hosts’ picks of the week….
Watch this video with Jay Postones of TesseracT as he demonstrate “Dystopia” from the brand-new Polaris Album….
In this episode, Mike and Mike focus on the September 2015 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine, discussing cover artist Gil Sharone, who’s currently touring with Marilyn Manson, and digging deeper into Johnston’s second educational article on grooving in form. Other topics include prepping for next month’s international drum convention, PASIC, which is being held in San Antonio, Texas, and for gear reviews, they go over Paiste’s PSTX effects cymbals and Craviotto’s Johnny C. series maple snare drums. For their picks of the weeks, Dawson focuses on some cool play-along products and Johnston shares one of his favorite podcasts….
The Winery Dogs, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan, and guitarist Richie Kotzen, will be releasing their new album, Hot Streak, this coming October 2. Check out this drum cam video of Portnoy recording the album’s title track….
Glenn Kotche has one of the most distinctive setups in the industry, with more sticks and homemade percussion trinkets than we could list fully. We caught up with Kotche during a Wilco show at Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater, where he was using a Sonor ProLite drumset. “It’s a beautiful maple kit, kind of based after the old vintage drums with thin maple shells and a little reinforced hoop,” he says. “They sound beautiful. Nice and dark, just the way I like them, but they are able to project in these outdoor amphitheaters with no problem.”
When putting together its first pre-pack, the Noa, Soultone wanted to keep the price down without sacrificing quality. To do that, the company decided to use the same B20 bronze alloy from its high-end series, but with the options limited to a simple, compact three-piece package comprising 13″ hi-hats, a 16″ crash, and a 19″ ride. The pack also comes with a Soultone-branded gig bag….
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….
One of the most common questions I get asked in clinics is, “How did you develop your foot speed?” And that is often followed by, “What pedal do you use?” I can promise you this: Bass drum speed has almost nothing to do with the pedal and everything to do with you. You have to put in the work, you have to maintain focus on your goals, and you have to be the one to stay motivated while practicing what can seem like boring, repetitive exercises. If you can do all that—if you can finish your vegetables—then the dessert will be that much sweeter….
This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the November 2015 issue, which is available here. Product Close-Up Gaai Sun & Stars Collection Snare Drums One-of-a-kind hand-cut finishes and classic maple tones…with a twist. Gaai Drums is…
Let’s take a look at a basic quintuplet fill using single strokes. It’s a good idea to anchor the quarter-note pulse with your foot on the hi-hat. Go slowly and start by playing the fill one note at a time while counting out loud. Once you can play the fill comfortably, turn on the metronome and use the fill within a musical context. Try playing it with your favorite 16th-note-based groove….