Joe Hibbs, Listener Questions, Modern Drummer 40th-Anniversary Custom Snare Drums, Rashid Williams, and more in this week’s episode of the Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike.
In honor of the passing of Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, we’ve put together a playlist featuring some of the best-known EWF songs that he played drums on, as well as some rare performances from the singer and multi-instrumentalist. White began his career as a drummer, appearing live and on recordings with artists like Ramsey Lewis, Muddy Waters, and Willie Dixon, and even ghost drumming on some early tracks by the Rolling Stones. Enjoy.
In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the March 2016 issue of Modern Drummer and discuss cover artist Barry Kerch of the popular hard rock band Shinedown. Dawson shares some of his experience reviewing the new Sabian HH Remastered series, and Johnston digs deeper into his article in the March 2016 issue, “Hidden Rhythms, Part 2.” The hosts also answer some listener questions and offer their picks of the week….
Our latest Playlist includes tracks from cover artist Barry Kerch and Shinedown, Jellyfish, Spock’s Beard, Dixie Dregs, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Vinnie Colaiuta, Savages, Daughter, and more incredible artists featured throughout the pages of the March 2016 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Listen below or in the Spotify app….
Fresh home for the Winter NAMM Show, Mike and Mike recap their favorite new products from the show, answer listener questions, discuss their favorite Syncopation Applications, and more…
As drummers, we’re often taught the importance of warm-up exercises. These drills are typically designed to help loosen the muscle groups of your wrists, forearms, and fingers. A good warm-up routine develops your reflexes and helps you produce an articulate drum and cymbal sound…..
So you’ve never considered a cymbal pack before and generally like to purchase cymbals one at a time based on what your needs are at the moment? That’s totally understandable. But could there be some great advantages to buying a handful of cymbals at one time? Like anything that can be purchased in bulk, you’ll often get a better deal.
The traditional nine-stroke roll consists of four alternating double strokes followed by a single stroke. It can be played open (clearly articulated) or closed (buzzed). This is a popular rudiment in marching and concert percussion idioms, and I’ve found a practical way to apply it to the drumset.
The last time we checked out Natal, we talked about their vision to offer a range of high-level drumsets. Each kit comes with the same high-quality components, but it was the species of wood that differentiated each model. The company recently expanded on that concept and is now offering entry-level kits, called the Arcadia series. The purpose of this lineup is to provide worthy contenders in the $600 to $800 price range, in both rock- and jazz-size configurations, the latter of which we were sent for review. Let’s take a look.
This month we’re going to look at three unusual rudiments: one-sided hairtas, grandmas, and grandpas. These three closely related rudiments are especially useful for drumset fills when playing the accents on toms or cymbals and the unaccented notes on the snare. The unusual accent patterns can easily throw you off, so use a metronome, tap your foot, and count quarter notes out loud so that your pulse is grounded.