2016 Gear of the Year Issue Modern Drummer magazine

(Available in print and digitally May 31, 2016)

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On the Cover

GEAR OF THE YEAR

The most compelling drums, cymbals, and accessories of 2016.

FEATURES

Catching Up With…SIMON PHILLIPS and JAE SINNETT

 

GREG WELLS

Musicians who find great success are often the ones who remain the hungriest for new experiences. This invaluable asset for the likes of Katy Perry and Pink certainly supports that theory. – by Stephen Belans

ADAM RUDOLPH

Complexity, variety, and individuality may define the percussionist/leader’s work, but spirituality guides it. – by Jeff Potter

CARTER McLEAN

Driving a Broadway show as record- and rule-breaking as The Lion King is no small feat, and this drummer has proven more than up to the task. – by Michael Dawson

JOSH BLOCK

His work with the proggy indie band White Denim always oozed with feel. So it’s really not that much of a surprise that neo-soulster Leon Bridges has put his grooves in Block’s hands. – by Jeff Ryan

Up & Coming: JONATHAN PINSON

Still in his twenties, he’s already worked with the kind of players who have entire chapters dedicated to them in music encyclopedias. – by Willie Rose

GET GOOD: PLAYING ON TV

There are more variety shows than ever on television today. With these ten tips in mind, you’ll be ready when it’s time for your close-up. – by Mike Arturi

ENCORE: BLACK SABBATH’S PARANOID

BILL WARD might not be traversing the globe with the rest of Sabbath’s original lineup during the band’s current farewell tour. But recordings like this one are forever. – by Michael Parillo

EDUCATION

Teacher’s Forum – Teaching Young Children

Time-Tested Advice for Getting Them Going at an Early Age – by Jeff Salem

Basics – Advanced Disco

Beyond Four on the Floor – by Rich Redmond (click here for supplemental video content)

Strictly Technique – Nine Over Two

Part 2: Sticking Variations – by Bill Bachman

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic – Groove Construction

Part 3: Linear Patterns – by Jost Nickel (click here for supplemental video content)

Rock Perspectives – Progressive Drumming Essentials

Part 12: Double Bass Boot Camp – by Aaron Edgar (click here for supplemental video content)

Concepts – Organize Your Gear

Part 2: Riders – by Russ Miller

EQUIPMENT

Product Close-Up
• Paiste 2002 Big Beat Cymbals (click here for supplemental video content)
• Dunnett Dreamtime Snare Drums (click here for supplemental video content)
• Bone Essence Series Drumset (click here for supplemental video content)
• Cymbomute Cymbal Dampeners
• Innovative Percussion Legacy Series 9A Drumsticks and KDB-1 Bass Drum Beater

Gearing Up: The Winery Dogs’ Mike Portnoy

 

DEPARTMENTS

AN EDITOR’S OVERVIEW – Gear, More Gear, and Then Some!

by Billy Amendola

Readers’ Platform

News

It’s Questionable – Mind Matters: Mental Training Doesn’t Work – by Bernie Schallehn

Showcase Featuring Drum Market

In Memoriam – Santana’s Raul Rekow and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White

Critique – Daniel Freedman, Herlin Riley, Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, and more

Kit of the Month – Rocktopus

Contest – Win an Incredible Prize Package From Pearl Drums and V-Classic Cymbals! (click here)

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