(Available in print and digitally October 30, 2015)

On the Cover

Dom Famularo

“If a student isn’t getting a technique, it’s never that student’s fault. It’s my fault. What am I not doing right to deliver that information in a way that students can understand”? MD talks with the mosttraveled man in drumset education, and finds that his can-do approach to drumming greatness—for all—hasn’t let up one bit. – by Michael Dawson

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December 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Dom Famularo

FEATURES

The 2016 Modern Drummer Readers Poll. Forget Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all the rest—this is where the real voting action is.

Catching Up With…Tony Bennett’s HAROLD
JONES
, Quiet Riot’s FRANKIE BANALI, and Calexico’s JOHN CONVERTINO

JASON RULLO of Symphony X comes through adversity with his strength and style intact. – by Ilya Stemkovsky

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s JEFF PLATE and JOHN O.REILLY on the job of powering a classical-rock spectacle. – by Aaron Strickland

Setting Sights: GERRY GIBBS invites MD to witness his latest star-studded recording as it goes down in the studio. – by Jeff Potter

EDUCATION

Basics – Practi-Patterns
A Dozen of the Most Common Kick/Snare Figures – by Rich Redmond (click here for supplemental video content)

Strictly Technique – Quintuplets
Part 1: The Basics – by Bill Bachman (click here for supplemental video content)

In the Pocket – Ghost Notes 101
6 Approaches to Give Your Grooves Greater Dimension – by Jim Riley (click here for supplemental video content)

Teacher’s Forum – The Reeducation of Drumming Education
Stop Teaching and Become a Mentor – by Ben Sesar

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic – Raw Speed Bass Drum Workout
Increase Your BPM With a Focused 12-Minute Routine – by Mike Johnston (click here for supplemental video content)

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop – Triplet Fill Concepts
Part 1: Three Over Four – by John Xepoleas (click here for supplemental video content)

Concepts – Endorsements
Part 1: Let’s Get Real – by Russ Miller

EQUIPMENT

Product Close-Up
• Sonor Vintage Series Drumset
• ZildjianK Custom Dark 19″ and 20″ Crashes (click here for supplemental video content)
• Hendrix Archetype Series Snare Drum (click here for supplemental video content)

• Innovative Percussion Artist Signature Sticks
• Tru Tuner Rapid Drumhead Replacement System (click here for supplemental video content)

In the Studio Handheld Tambourines (click here for supplemental video content)

Gearing Up Gary Clark Jr.’s Johnny Radelat (click here for supplemental video content)

New and Notable

Collector’s Corner William F. Ludwig II’s “DFS” Black Beauty Snare

DEPARTMENTS

AN EDITOR’S OVERVIEW
Hey…Teach! by Adam Budofsky

Readers’ Platform

News

It’s Questionable – Mind Matters How Do I Conduct an Audition? – by Bernie Schallehn

Showcase Featuring Drum Market

Critique

Inside Methods:
Dave DiCenso’s Rhythm and Drumming Demystified
Musicians Institute E-Books
Bill Bachman’s DrumWorkout.com

Backbeats 2015 DCI World Championship Results

Kit of the Month Sk8 Rock

and more!