(on newsstands December 3, 2013)

On the Cover

Abe Laboriel Jr.

Paul McCartney’s bold new album is but one topic we explore with the drummer, whose powerful desire for true interaction has made him one of the most magnetic musical personalities of the day.

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January 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Abe Laboriel Jr.

 

FEATURING

UPDATE
• Imagine Dragons’ Daniel Platzmans 
• Scar the Martyr’s Joey Jordison
• Sisu’s Sandra Vu

Ed Shaughnessy 1929-2013 – For thirty years, he was the late-night TV drummer. And in that role—and many others—he helped de ne how to drive a big band for an entire generation of players.

Shop Talk – Add Some Metal!
Next time you head out to the drum shop, take a detour and poke around your neighborhood junkyard—your new favorite piece of gear might just be waiting for you there.

Seth Rausch – Nashville is known as a town where there’s a right way to do things, and a wrong way. But by avoiding the playbook, Little Big Town and its drummer have brought some well-needed freshness to the table.

Pedrito Martinez – The “new sensation” has actually honed his skills for years and traveled many miles to arrive at his current position as one of the burning-est percussionists on the scene.

First Person – Benny Greb
“Many of us have been led to feel that discipline means the opposite of freedom. Discipline is freedom.” An MD Pro Panelist makes the case for getting serious about managing our time.

EDUCATION

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop
• Wisdom and Technique Lasting Lessons From Ed Shaughnessy

Concepts
The 45-Minute Practice Routine Get Organized to Optimize Your Time Behind the Kit

Strictly Technique
Balanced Hands Two Exercises to Eliminate One-Hand Dominance

In the Pocket
• Play on Top! Using the Snare Drum as a Melody Maker

Rock Perspectives
Double Bass Workout Part 6: Paradiddle Patterns

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic
Rediscovering Rudiments Simple Ways to Progress Beyond the Snare

Around the World
Secrets of Afrobeat Dissecting Tony Allen’s Subtle and Unique Style

PRODUCT CLOSE-UP
• Crush A2C428 Acrylic Drumset
TRX CRX Series Cymbals
• Vic Firth X55A, X8D, and DrumJammer Drumsticks
Meinl Signature Ride Cymbals
• Savior 8.5×14 “Eyeball” Snare

Electronic Review
Simmons SD1000 Drumkit

GEARING UP
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Steve Ferrone

New and Notable

DEPARTMENTS

AN EDITOR’S OVERVIEW
Honest, Abe by Michael Parillo

Readers’ Platform

Ask a Pro – Paul Wertico, Terry Bozzio

It’s Questionable
• Are Rhythm and Harmony Really the Same?
• Mind Matters: Am I a Drum Machine?

Showcase Featuring Drum Market

Critique

Backbeats – 2013 DCI World Championship Results

Kit of the Month – Daredevil Drums

and more!