Episode 20: Favorite Rudiments, Hybrid Setups, Innovative Gear, Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Hybrid Kit, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike share their favorite rudiments for drumset applications, and they discuss current trend of mixing electronics within an acoustic drumset. They also take a look at some of the most innovative pieces of gear to come about in the past forty years. In the gear review section, Dawson shares his experience with the Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Hybrid kit and he demos some beats from one of his bands that incorporates a lot of electronic and acoustic elements. The show concludes with the picks of the week.

Show Notes

January 2016 issue of Modern Drummer:

Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Hybrid drumset:

“Aguila Guerrera” by Dawson’s band Dayan (to hear the original programmed drum parts that are recreated on live drums and electronics in the gear review segment):

Ian Froman video lessons on contemporary jazz drumming:

 Steve Jobs biography:

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