The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and MikeFresh home for the Winter NAMM Show, Mike and Mike begin this episode by recapping more of their favorite new products from the show. Then they answer two listener questions: one regarding how to get gigs and one regarding their favorite percussion instruments. In the Education Corner, the hosts explain their favorite applications of Ted Reed’s classic drum book Syncopation. Then they discuss one of their favorite drummers, Mike Bordin of the alternative rock band Faith No More. In the Gear Review segment, Johnston discusses the Gretsch 5×14 chrome-over-brass snare. The show concludes with Pick of the Week, which features a cool practice device and affordable recording software.

Show Notes

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Gretsch COB 5×14 snare:
Beatnik Rhythmic Analyzer:
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“The Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike” is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: