In this episode, Mike and Mike go through their strategies for learning and internalizing new licks on the drumset. The featured artist is Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin, and the gear review section focuses on Beier’s unique 6.5×15 steel snare. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week.
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss various ways to chart songs for gigs, sessions, and lessons, and then they talk about up-and-coming progressive metal drummer Alex Rüdinger. In the gear review section, Dawson goes over the limited edition Modern Drummer 40th-Anniversary 5.5×14 single-ply maple snare. After fielding several listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week….
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off launches its twenty-eighth annual search for the top undiscovered drummer….
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss several techniques for developing a musical drum solo. The featured artist is former Violent Femmes drummer Victor DeLorenzo, who is currently leading a creative duo called Nineteen Thirteen. The gear review section focuses on Zildjian’s new b12-alloy S Family cymbals. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week….
The October issue of Modern Drummer magazine, which features, among many other stories, an interview with ex–Animals as Leaders drummer Navene Koperweis about his new band, Entheos, won’t be on sale for a couple weeks.
As a recording drummer that plays a variety of styles of music, there’s a process I tend to automatically go through when deciding what’s going to work best on a song I’m about to record.
In this episode, Mike and Mike ways to be more creative on the drumset, and then discussion Modern Drummer cover artist Larnell Lewis of the fusion/R&B band Snarky Puppy. In the gear review section, Dawson shares his experience with the new Tama Superstar Classic drumset. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week.
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss their favorite exercises for developing hand speed. This week’s featured artist is Josh Dun of the popular rock/pop duo Twenty One Pilots. In the gear review section, Dawson discusses the Porter & Davies BC Gigster drum throne and seat kicker. After fielding several listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week.
This past April, Groove Music for Youth and the Emerald Queen Casino held their annual nonprofit drumming charity event, Woodstick Groove, in Tacoma, Washington. Check out our highlight reel of the event below!
We were sent a seven-piece Superstar Classic shell pack to review (list price: $1,499.98) that included an 18×22 bass drum; 7×8, 8×10, and 9×12 rack toms; 12×14 and 14×16 floor toms; and a 6.5×14 matching snare….
We were sent a sampling of Zildjian’s top sellers in this new S series, which included a 10″ splash, 14″ regular and Mastersound hi-hats, 16″, 18″, and 20″ Thin crashes, 18″ and 20″ Medium-Thin crashes, an 18″ Rock crash, 18″ and 20″ Trash crashes, an 18″ China, 20″ Medium and Rock rides, and 22″ and 24″ Medium rides. All of the cymbals are fully lathed top and bottom, heavily hammered, and polished to a brilliant finish….
Groove contraction can create rhythmic tension and release. Similar to how, with implied metric modulation, we can use new subdivisions to trick listeners into feeling like the quarter-note pulse has shifted, we can use the concept of contraction to make tempos feel like they’ve changed. Unlike metric modulation, however, groove contraction modifies the subdivision while maintaining the original quarter-note pulse….
Ghost notes (notated with parentheses) are played very softly, as opposed to accents, which are much louder. Correct dynamics are achieved by maintaining the proper distance between the stick and the drumhead….
In this lesson, we’ll work on shifting our perception of a metronome so that we’re hearing each quarter-note pulse as the second 16th note, or “e,” of each beat. Benny Greb has talked about using this concept to help improve timing and subdivisions. I found it difficult to hear the second 16th note as the pulse, so I developed these exercises to help myself. Start at a slow tempo, say, around 75 bpm….