Modern Drummer Education Team Member Steve Fidyk

[MDEdTop]Steve Fidyk co-leads the Taylor/Fidyk Big Band with Stan Kenton arranger Mark Taylor, and he has performed with Slide Hampton, Maureen McGovern, James Moody, New York Voices, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinsen, Terell Stafford, Dr. Billy Taylor, and Clark Terry. Fidyk has studied with Joe Morello, John Riley, Kim Plainfield, Jim Chapin, and Ed Soph and is currently a member of the jazz studies faculty at Temple University. He has authored The Drum Set SMART Book, Inside the Big Band Drum Chart, Big Band Drumming At First Sight, Jazz Drum Set Independence: 3/4, 4/4, and 5/4 Time Signatures, Modern Drum Method, Grades 1-3, and an instructional DVD entitled Set Up and Play! Steve also helped design the Vater Swing stick. For more info, visit

Here’s one of Steve’s articles, which contains exercises on how to improve your sense of time.

“Relative Tempo, Click-Shifting Exercises to Improve Your Sense of Time”—Aug. ’11

“Swingin’ the Clave: Advanced Exercises for Developing Independence”—July ’12