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Artimus Pyle Free Spirit

The name Artimus Pyle conjures up the image of a guy in cut-off jeans all frayed at the ends, hair hanging down the middle of his back, tucked under a wool hat, and a long, long beard that hides half…

by Scott K. Fish and Paul T. Riddle
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The Pros: On Bass Drums

Certain reader questions seem to repeat themselves. Several of them involve the ins and outs of bass drums. What size? What kind of heads? How do I tune them? Do I use a single head or double heads? Should I…

The Pros: On Bass Drums
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Gary Chester: Taking A Stand

Photo by Rick Mattingly (NEW in 2022: Two brand new episodes in the video lesson Series "Students of the Master, Teach One2One!" featuring Chris Harfenist and Corey Roberts. Aspiring drummers have the incredible opportunity to tap directly into the lineage…

by Scott K. Fish
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Warren Cohen: Under The Big Top

Photo by Larry Kellogg SF: What does it take to become a circus drummer? WC: You have to be familiar with every style of music and drumming. Latin, rock, shows, marches, contemporary, disco. You have to have all those in…

by Scott K. Fish
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News

Keep up to date with the drum world via news items, interviews, lists, and more

Drummer Mike Portnoy Attempts Tool Song: “This Makes Dream Theater Look Like Weezer”

Mike Portnoy is no doubt one of metal’s greatest drummers of all time, as he’s proven over the past four decades with prog titans Dream Theater and multiple other projects. However, even the most accomplished drummers have a hard time…

Consequence
May 25, 2024

Original Staind Drummer Jon Wysocki Dead at 53

Jon Wysocki, original drummer of Staind, has died at the age of 53. According to Blabbermouth, prior to his passing Wysocki had been suffering from liver issues that required him to be under medical care. Wysocki’s death was confirmed on…

Consequence
May 19, 2024

New Photos - The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex at the El Rey Theater in LA

On March 12th, The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex performed at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The concert was one stop on a string of seven shows between Las Vegas, California, Seattle, and Portland. With Pumpkins shows ranging from…

Modern Drummer
Apr 10, 2024

Gerry Conway of Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull dies

Drummer and percussionist Gerry Conway, who performed with Jethro Tull in the 1980's has passed away. Jethro Tull singer Ian Anderson recently posted the announcement on the band's website. From JethroTull.com: "It is with great sadness that we learned on…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2024
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Videos

Rig rundowns, play-throughs, interviews, and more featuring your favorite drummers

Danny Carey - TOOL - Tour Kit Rundown

Danny Carey - TOOL - Tour Kit Rundown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ7oqWdMvt8 Welcome, fellow audiophiles, drumming enthusiasts, TOOL fans, and lovers of all things progressive! Today, we've scored an exclusive backstage peek into the rhythmic labyrinth that is Danny Carey's drum kingdom for TOOL's Fear Inoculum Tour. Surrounded by instruments, Danny…

Modern Drummer
Mar 10, 2024
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Gear

Detailed assessments of the latest drum kits and accessories

Slingerland Radio King Drums - 1938 And 1950 Gene Krupa Super Deluxe Ensembles

Slingerland Radio King Drums - 1938 And 1950 Gene Krupa Super Deluxe Ensembles

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Tim Northup
May 1, 2024
Rock Locks - Secure Your Tension Rods

Rock Locks - Secure Your Tension Rods

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Jason Mehler
May 1, 2024
SE Electronics SE4100 AND T1 Microphones

SE Electronics SE4100 AND T1 Microphones

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Jason Mehler
May 1, 2024
Doc Sweeney FOCUS Series Snares

Doc Sweeney FOCUS Series Snares

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Brian Hill
May 1, 2024
New and Notable May 2024

New and Notable May 2024

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Modern Drummer
May 1, 2024
Mapex 600 Series Drum Thrones - Comfort Meets Endurance

Mapex 600 Series Drum Thrones - Comfort Meets Endurance

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Brian Hill
Apr 1, 2024
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Kit of the Month

Tonda’s PanAfrican Kit

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Podcasts

Host John DeChristopher goes in-depth with the biggest names in drumming

This Week's Episode!

Episode 140: My Top 10 most influential albums with Mark Guiliana

From the archives, My Top 10 with Mark Guiliana, Grammy-nominated American drummer, composer and leader of the band Beat Music. Mark G walks us thru his Top 10 most influential albums.

Modern Drummer
Sep 14, 2023

Episode 139: My Top 10 Solo Drum Albums with Glenn Kotche

From the archive, Glenn walks us thru his Top 10 favorite solo Drum & Percussion albums.

Modern Drummer
Sep 7, 2023

Episode 138: My Top 10 Drum Tracks

Oft-Overlooked Drum Tracks With Styx’s Todd Sucherman

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2023

Episode 137: David Frangioni With Benny Greb

From the archives, Thrill to "The Art of Groove" with Benny Greb with Host David Frangioni

Modern Drummer
Aug 24, 2023
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Hall of Fame

A look back at the legendary drummers elected to Modern Drummer’s Hall of Fame

Keith Moon Elected to Hall of Fame in 1982

Excerpted from the September 2003 issue In his last interview, published posthumously in October 1978, Keith told International Musician and Recording World, “You can’t work out things too much. We do certain build-ups and things, but you can run into…

Story by T. Bruce Wittet
Jan 10, 2022

John Bonham Elected to Hall of Fame in 1981

Excerpted from the John Bonham tribute issue, July 1984 John Bonham played, for the most part, a very simple drumkit, consisting of a 14x26 bass drum, a 12x15 small tom—at first mounted on a snare stand and later on the…

Story by T. Bruce Wittet
Jan 10, 2022

Buddy Rich Elected to Hall of Fame in 1980

Excerpted from the January 1977 issue When it comes to interviewing Buddy, one must learn to expect the unexpected. You can end up with a first rate story, or no story at all. He’s a very intense human being, with…

Story by Jim Warchol
Jan 10, 2022

Gene Krupa Elected to Hall of Fame in 1979

Excerpted from the October/November 1979 issue “I’m happy that I succeeded in doing two things: I made the drummer a high­priced guy, and I was able to draw more people to jazz.” The above quote of drum master Gene Krupa…

Story by Karen Larcombe
Jan 10, 2022
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