December 2014 Issue of <em>Modern Drummer</em> featuring Gregg Bissonette

(Available digitally October 28, 2014; on newsstands November 4, 2014)

On the Cover

Gregg Bissonette

He’s got a new solo album, a headlining spot at this year’s Percussive Arts Society convention, and yet another Ringo Starr tour under his belt. The time was right to reconnect with this part-time Winnie the Pooh voiceover artist and full-time drum hero. By Miguel Monroy.

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December 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Gregg BissonetteDecember 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Gregg BissonetteTable of ContentsFEATURING

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Catching Up With…
Ginger Baker /// Matt Helders /// Keith Carlock /// Robin DiMaggio

Dan Weiss Bringing tabla ideas to the set is just the start. by Ken Micallef

Omar Tavarez Melting-pot beats with Pitbull’s drummer/MD. by Robin Tolleson

Brian Reitzell The soundtrack wizard sets his sights on the road. by Adam Budofsky

Up & Coming Aric Improta of Night Verses. by Ben Meyer


Basics: Slick Hop
Machinelike Beats With Multiple Kicks – by Rich Redmond
Strictly Technique: Consecutive Flams
Part 1: Spaced Out – by Bill Bachman

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: All Together Now!
Focus on Unison Exercises – by Steve Fidyk

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic: The Paradiddle Polyrhythm Pyramid
Sharpen Your Rhythmic Awareness and Control – by Peter Magadini

In the Pocket: The Commandments of the Half-Time Shuffle
Part 2: Hi-Hat Openings – by Zoro

Drum Soloist: Solid Soloing
Part 1: Connecting Ideas With Glue Stickings – by James Murphy

Concepts: The Journey of Self-Discovery
Thoughts on Developing Your Own Musical Voice – Russ Miller


Product Close-Up
• Gretsch Catalina Ash Drumset
• Soultone Wave Hi-Hats and Mega
Bell Gospel Ride
• Outlaw Weathered Heart Pine Snares
• Canopus New Yaiba Bop and
Groove Drumsets
• De Gregorioe Cajons
• Ahead Armor Cajon Bags

Shop Talk: Get the Sound You Want From Your Drums!
Part 1: Pitch Relationships

Collector’s Corner
Buddy Rich’s WFL Drumset Restored and Revisited

New and Notable


Leading by Example
by Adam Budofsky

Readers’ Platform


It’s Questionable Mind Matters: Are Open-Mic
Nights Worth It?

Must-Have Gear Foreigner’s Chris Frazier

Showcase Featuring Drum Market


In Memoriam Frankie Dunlop

Kit of the Month Marching in Place

and more!