(Available digitally February 25, 2014; on newsstands March 4, 2014)

On the Cover

Mike Johnston

Back in the day—you know, like five years ago—you had to be doing world tours or making platinum records to influence as many drummers as this month’s cover star does with his groundbreaking educational website. -by Miguel Monroy

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April 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Mike JohnstonApril 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Mike JohnstonFEATURING

UPDATE
• Jazz Leader Colin Stranahan
• Haim’s Dash Hutton
• Moon Hooch’s James Muschlern

TRAVIS ORBIN
• Darkest Hour’s timekeeper has been challenging technical-drumming fans from his multimedia-equipped home studio for several years now. Has a “replay” button ever been hit so often? -by Ben Meyer

SANDY GENNARO
• Drummer, teacher, communicator. He’s seen and learned a lot over his distinguished career, and he’s one of the best when it comes to giving bandleaders—and up-and-coming drummers—exactly what they need to succeed. -by Ken Micallef

UP & COMING – Stella Mozgawa
• “There’s a lovely little story for every track.” Indeed there is. Warpaint’s revelatory new album is the perfect vehicle for this imaginative drummer, whose playing has also enhanced recent work by Flea, Kurt Vile, and Tom Jones. – by Adam Budofsky

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT…? Alvin Taylor
• After George Harrison blew his mind during the ex-Beatle’s Thirty-Three & 1/3 sessions, the drummer applied his newly expanded approach to an impressive list of hitmakers. -by Billy Amendola

FIRST PERSON Brant Bjork
• When Vista Chino’s drummer has the  oor, he speaks with clarity and cool—just like he does behind the kit.

EDUCATION

ROCK ’N’ JAZZ CLINIC Practical Independence Challenge
• A 5-Step Workout for Building Coordination Over a Pulse -by Mike Johnston

AROUND THE WORLD Implied Brazilian Rhythms on Drumset
• Part 3: Côco -by Uka Gameiro

STRICTLY TECHNIQUE Rhythm and Timing
• Part 2: Two-Note 16th Groupings -by Bill Bachman

JAZZ DRUMMER’S WORKSHOP Mickey Roker
• Style and Analysis -by Steve Fidyk

Equipment

Product Close-Up
• DW Collector’s Series Cherry Drumset
• Sabian 2014 Cymbal Vote Winners
• Rich Sticks Stock Series Drumsticks
• TnR Products Booty Shakers and Little Booty Shakers
• Magnus Opus FiBro-Tone Snare Drums

Electronic Review
• Lewitt Audio DTP Beat Kit Pro 7 Drum Microphone Pack and LCT 240 Condensers

Gearing Up
Elton John’s Nigel Olsson and John Mahon

New and Notable

DEPARTMENTS

AN EDITOR’S OVERVIEW
• A Hero’s Journey by Adam Budofsky

Readers’ Platform

Ask a Pro – Jason Bittner, Mike Bordin

It’s Questionable: What’s This Snare?

Showcase Featuring Drum Market

Critique

IN MEMORIAM – Ronald Shannon Jackson

Kit of the Month – Shell Game

and more!