October 2016 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Shannon Forrest

(Available in print and digitally August 30, 2016)

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On the Cover

Toto’s Shannon Forrests

“There was something in me that said: You need to do this. Listening to myself and deciding to do things that were uncomfortable ended up opening doors.”

Like the audience at MD’s 2010 Festival, where he was conducting his first-ever drum clinic, the Nashville studio great had no idea at the time that his performance there would eventually lead to a gig with Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen—or his current one with Toto.  – by Michael Dawson


Catching Up With…BUN E. CARLOS and the Yellowjackets’ WILL KENNEDY


Groove master? Technical marvel? Production whiz? The veteran drummer who’s worked with Kanye, Gaga, Latifah, and Ndegeocello is all these things and more. – by Ken Micallef


His fingerprints have been all over the pop charts for more than a decade, and there’s no apparent end to his golden touch. – by Billy Amendola


Everything changed for drummers when the ’70s gave way to the ’80s, not least of which was the arrival of drum machines. But tons of great records were still being made. This month we look at some of the best, by hot new-wavers and classic rockers alike. – by Adam Budofsky


Navene Koperwies comes out the other end of a demanding stint as a one-man band to power the new tech-metal supergroup Entheos. – by Ben Meyer



Teacher’s Forum – Education Through a Different Lens

Drumming Is More Than Doubles and Paradiddles – by Martin Urbach

Concepts – It’s Time to Retool!

Adjusting Your Business Plan for Optimal Success – by Russ Miller

Basics – Fundamental Fills

Part 3: Right-Hand Lead – by Donny Gruendler (click here for supplemnetal video)

Around the World – African Pop Meets American Funk

Exploring the Mangambe Rhythm – by Steve Rucker

Strictly Technique – Swiss Rudiments

Part 1: Basel Drumming Basics – by Claus Hessler (click here for supplemnetal video)

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic – Groove Construction

Part 6: Ghost Notes Using an Intertwined Approach – by Jost Nickel (click here for supplemnetal video)

Rock Perspectives – The Notes We Don’t Play

Incorporating Rests Into Odd Subdivisions – by Aaron Edgar (click here for supplemnetal video)


Product Close-Up
• Roland TD-25KV V-Drums Kit (click here for supplemnetal video)
• Bosphorus 20th Anniversary Series Cymbals (click here for supplemnetal video)
• Turkish JC Soundscape Series Cymbals (click here for supplemnetal video)
• Cask Drum Craft Block- and Segment-Shell Snares
• Index Drums Forest King Series Wooden Drumheads

Gearing Up: Ani DiFranco’s Terence Higgins

Shop Talk – Thrift-Shop Finds

Restoring a Vintage Snare Drum – by Chris Lee

New and Notable


AN EDITOR’S OVERVIEW – What Makes Them Tick?

by Michael Dawson

Readers’ Platform – Favorite 1980s Drum Performances


Butch Walker, Islander, Tegan and Sara, and more

It’s Questionable:

Drummer Royalties

Showcase Featuring Drum Market


Matt Wilson album, Kinks reissue, Tobias Ralph instructional video, and more

Inside Methods:

Hal Leonard’s Drum Play-Along Series


The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

Kit of the Month – Nigel Olsson Replica

Backbeats – The 2016 Chicago Drum Show

Contest – Win an Incredible Prize Package From Tama and Meinl value over $5,000!

and more!

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