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Basics - Fundamental Fills, Part 1

Video Lesson! Fundamental Fills, Part 1: Solid 16th Notes

The abundant amount of educational material on the market can overwhelm many students and aspiring professional drummers. Due to limited practice schedules or performance opportunities, some drummers fail to see how to implement new or practical material into their daily routines. Worse, others neglect practical information altogether in hopes of becoming the next superhuman, speed-obsessed drummer or soloist….

Rock 'N' Jazz Clinic - Groove Construction, Part 4

Video Lesson! Groove Construction, Part 4: Linear Variations

We’ll continue working with linear grooves by embellishing them using two separate concepts. First we’ll double select single strokes using the hi-hat, snare, and bass drum. Then we’ll incorporate the hi-hat foot into the groove. Remember that linear grooves never have more than one voice played at a time….

ddrum - Reflex Rally Sport Drumset

Video Demo! ddrum – Reflex Rally Sport Drumset

One of the sister companies to Tampa-based ddrum is Dean guitars, and one of the woods that Dean uses for electric guitar bodies is alder. Alder is considered a semi-hard wood and ranks just above pine and poplar. It’s known for having a warm, focused tone with prominent midrange and low-range frequencies and attenuated attack. When used to build drums, alder provides a very satisfying sound that’s big and punchy with a short, focused sustain. Reflex is ddrum’s series that features all-alder shells. The kit we have for review here is a new addition to that series, called Reflex Rally Sport (aka 2RS). It’s designed to be the “ultimate gig kit” for drummers playing in smaller venues and on tight stages. Let’s see how it fares.

Sabian - HH Vanguard Series Cymbals Video Demo

Video Demo! Sabian – HH Vanguard Series Cymbals

Sabian recently introduced the first expansion of the HH series, the Vanguard, which is based on a design from the acquired Crescent brand. The HH Vanguard lineup comprises 14″ hi-hats, 16″ and 18″ crashes, and 20″, 21″, and 22″ crash/rides. (None of the cymbals are labeled as a crash or ride, so it’s up to the player to determine the application.) The cymbals have smaller bells than the regular HH models, and they feature pinpoint lathing. Both features help provide a more controlled attack. Let’s check them out!

Video Demo! Love Custom Drums - 7x14 Indian Rosewood Snare

Video Demo! Love Custom Drums – 7×14 Indian Rosewood Snare

The Love Custom snare we have for review is one of McRoy’s personal favorites: a 7×14 stave-shell made out of .625″-thick Indian rosewood. The top bearing edge is cut to forty-five degrees and then rounded, and the bottom edge is what Buddy calls a “dull forty-five” and has slightly deeper than normal snare beds. All of the hardware is aged brass, including the ten tube lugs, single-flanged hoops, and family crest badge….

JDW - Rhythmic Conversions

Video Lesson! Rhythmic Conversions, Part 2 – Getting Creative Around the Kit

In this lesson, we’ll focus on variations of the converted triplet phrases from Part 1 [May 2016]. When practicing new material, I find it beneficial to explore as many different combinations as possible. By doing so, I’m more apt to apply this information in the real world outside of the practice room.In the following variations, we’ll build off of the first exercise in Part 1. Once you have control of each variation, I encourage you to apply them to the additional two-measure phrases that we previously covered….

The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike

Episode 47: Practicing on Pillows, Derico Watson, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss the benefits of practicing on different surfaces. The featured artist is fusion/jazz/R&B great Deric Watson. In the gear review section, Johnston shares his experience with the affordable Audio-Technical AE3000 microphone. After fielding a couple listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week….

The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike

Episode 46: Notation Basics, Jost Nickel, Bone Essence Kit, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike go over some basics of drum notation and discuss how they use it with their students. The featured artist this week is the great German drummer Jost Nickel. In the gear review section, Dawson shares his experience with the Essence series kit by Slovenian company Bone. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week….

The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike

Episode 45: Learning Songs, Paiste Big Beats, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike talk about some of the songs they’ve transcribed note for note and discuss the benefits of such practice. Then they dig into their processes for making drum videos and synching audio. The featured artist this week is former White Denim and current Leon Bridges drummer Josh Block. In the gear review section, Dawson shares his experience with the new Paiste 2002 Big Beat cymbals. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week….

The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike

Episode 44: Compression, Dunnett Snares, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss compression and how it’s used on drums for recording. The featured artist is producer/drummer/songwriter Greg Wells, who’s interviewed in the July 2016 issue of Modern Drummer. In the gear review segment, the hosts discuss the new Dunnett Dreamtime Australian-timber snares. After fielding several listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week….

Video Lesson! Groove Construction, Part 3: Linear Patterns with Jost Nickel

Video Lesson! Groove Construction, Part 3: Linear Patterns with Jost Nickel

In this lesson, we’ll create linear grooves by following three simple rules. Linear grooves never have more than one voice played at the same time. In general, I feel that the two most important elements of a groove are the bass drum figure and the snare accents. We’ll start building linear patterns using a skeleton groove that consists of these two components….

Basics - Advanced Disco

Video Lesson! Basics – Advanced Disco with Rich Redmond

Disco, a style of music popularized in the 1970s, launched dance crazes, drove up record sales, and sometimes caused a lot of frustration among the era’s working drummers. (Some players found the repetitive rhythm to be mind numbing.) Much of today’s music also heavily relies on repetition. Pop, dance, R&B, and even country music make use of strong four-on-the-floor pulses. In this lesson we’ll explore ways to spice up the basic disco feel….

Bone - Essence Series Drumset

Video Demo! Bone – Essence Series Drumset

Our review kit’s shells are maple (9-ply kick and 7-ply toms) and it came in contemporary sizes: 7×10 and 8×12 rack toms, a 16×16 floor tom, and an 18×22 bass drum. The outer veneer is a natural-finish bird’s-eye maple that features cool dark spots and stripes in the grain….