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Allison Miller Podcast

The Modern Drummer Podcast With Allison Miller

Drummer/composer Allison Miller’s new album, Otis Was a Polar Bear, once again features her Boom Tic Boom ensemble: pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, and bassist Todd Sickafoose. Miller recently invited Modern Drummer into her Brooklyn, New York, home, to discuss the making of the album….

Denny Seiwell

On the Beat With Denny Seiwell: Talks New Book, Trio, and Drums

Hey MD drummers! How’s everybody doing? It’s Denny Seiwell checking in from Los Angeles. I’ve been playing drums since I was five years old. My dad was a drummer and I’ve had a pretty wonderful career that includes over two hundred or so albums/CDs, and a slew of TV shows and movie soundtracks.

The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike

Episode 39: Independence Over Foot Ostinatos, Two-Mic Recording and Mixing, Modern Drummer’s 40th Anniversary snares, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field a few listener questions, and then Johnston gives a detailed rundown of his two-mic recording and mixing process. In the education segment, the hosts discuss their thoughts and opinions on building independence over foot ostinatos. For gear reviews this week are Modern Drummer’s 40th Anniversary 3-ply 6.5×14 walnut/poplar/mahogany snare and Meinl’s 22″ Byzance Dark Big Apple ride. The show concludes with picks of the week.

Video Demo! Kumu - Limited Series All Maple and All Mahogany Drumsets

Video Demo! Kumu – Limited Series All Maple and All Mahogany Drumsets

Founded in 1984 by Finnish builder Pekka Helanen, Kumu started out making acoustic and electric guitars and basses in addition to drums. A decade later, Helanen refocused the business to just drums. The company has its own molds and makes its own shells for its All Birch Custom and Original series drums. Limited series drums, which we have for review, have shells made overseas to Kumu’s specs, but Helanen’s team is responsible for drilling the holes, cleaning up the bearing edges, and assembling the final drums….

Video Demo! Masterwork - Jazz Master and Valena Series Cymbals

Video Demo! Masterwork – Jazz Master and Valena Series Cymbals

Masterwork, an Istanbul-based manufacturer founded in 2002, specializes in making cymbals using ancient Turkish traditions combined with contemporary tools and techniques. The company offers fourteen different series made from B25 bronze (75% copper and 25% tin). We were sent a slew of samples from half a dozen series, but we’re going to take a look at two lines that represent the wide range of sounds Masterwork offers: the dark, warm Jazz Master and the brighter and more aggressive—yet no less expressive—Valena….

Video Demo! Doc Sweeny - Midnight Edge and Narra King Snare Drums

Video Demo! Doc Sweeny – Midnight Edge and Narra King Snare Drums

We were sent two snare drums for review: a 5.5×13 single-ply elm in “midnight edge” finish ($750) and a 6.5×14 with a shell constructed from three different types of wood (figured narra with bubinga and maple accents) and featuring bubinga wood hoops with bird’s-eye maple inlays. This drum is called the Narra King and sells for $1,250….

Video Lesson! Six-Stroke Success with Rich Redmond

Video Lesson! Six-Stroke Success with Rich Redmond

For this lesson, we’ll use a six-note grouping that begins with an accented stroke, continues with two sets of unaccented (tapped) double strokes, and closes with another accented stroke. This grouping has a powerful sound and really swings. At first, try playing the rudiment on the snare, and play the accents as rim shots. Also, practice these with a variety of ostinatos on the kick drum….

The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike

Episode 38: Listener Questions, Dawson’s Two-Mic Setup and Mixing Process, Paiste Signature Combo Crisp Rhythmatist Hi-Hats, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike answer more listener questions and then dig into Dawson’s two-mic setup and mixing process. The hosts then talk about which living drummer they’d like to take a lesson with and why. In the gear review section, Dawson discusses the 12″ Paiste Signature Combo Crisp Rhythmatist hi-hats. The show concludes with picks of the week.

The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike

Episode 35: Andrés Forero, Listener Questions, “Sticking” vs “Orchestration,” DW’s Collector’s Series Pure Oak Drumset, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss the cover artist of the May 2016 issue of Modern Drummer, Andrés Forero, who holds the drum seat in the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. Then the hosts field a few listener questions before digging into the differences between the drum terms “sticking” and “orchestration.” In the gear review section, Dawson shares some of his experience with DW’s Collector’s Series Pure Oak drumset. The show concludes with “pick of the week.”