Episode 29: Bass Drum Beaters, Listener Questions, Systematic Practice, Gretsch USA Custom Maple Snare, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field several listener questions before digging into their thoughts on the various types of bass drum beaters out there. Then Johnston goes into detail on his systematic and highly productive approach to practicing. In the gear review section, Johnston discusses his new Gretsch USA Custom maple snare and how it compares to his Gretsch Brooklyn snare. The show concludes with an accessory item and a classic drum book for “pick of the week.”

Show Notes

Modern Drummer Magazine:

Mike Johnston’s online lessons:

Danmar bass drum beaters and accessories:

Ahead Switch Kick bass drum beater system:

Gretsch USA snare drums:

Gibraltar Wing Key:

Joel Rothman drum books:

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