September 2014 Issue – Volume 39 • Number 9


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Articles in September 2014

“Nothing Endures but Change” — An Introduction

When the editors of Modern Drummer invited me to write a few Concepts pieces, my first reaction was, “Me? That’s Roy Burns and Billy Ward’s column, right?” I always loved reading Roy’s articles. He was the first drum clinician I…

by Russ Miller
Feb 21, 2018

Syncopation Revisited Part 4: Brazilian Applications

We continue our series on ways to interpret the classic Ted Reed book Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by applying Brazilian rhythms and phrasing ideas to the written manuscript. The following applications can be used with any…

by Steve Fidyk
Feb 21, 2018

Volume Independence and Musicality

More About “How” Than “What” There are many different concepts and methods for developing independence. Most of us spend countless hours working on independence the traditional way, by playing a rhythm with one hand (e.g., a jazz swing ride pattern)…

by Marc Dicciani
Feb 21, 2018

The Paradiddle Pyramid

A Quick and Effective Warm-Up Routine for the Hands and Feet   The following exercise routine is great for drummers who have limited practice time. It also makes for a killer warm-up before gigs, sessions, or rehearsals. The routine is…

by Philip Elliot
Feb 21, 2018

Armando Perazza

Percussionist Armando Peraza, whose pioneering work brought together the worlds of Afro-Cuban, jazz, and rock music, passed away this past April 14 in San Francisco at age eighty-nine. He is survived by his wife, Josephine, a daughter, and three grandchildren.…

by Robin Tolleson
Feb 21, 2018

Hozoji Matheson-Margullis

Photo by Bebe Beach Covering lead and backing vocals while playing over rapidly shifting arrangements—with a refreshing open-handed approach—she can’t help but make Helms Alee stand out on today’s indie-rock scene. Over the course of three full-length albums, Helms Alee,…

by Stephen Bidwell
Feb 21, 2018

Howard Grimes

He might not share quite the same name recognition as some of his contemporaries, but his deep grooves grace many of the heaviest and most well-known soul recordings of all time. At twelve years old, Howard Grimes was already performing…

by Patrick Berkery | Photos by Nathan Black
Feb 21, 2018

Clem Burke: Pure Pop Power

“Clem was new wave’s premier drum showman, but his showmanship never got in the way of his emphatic, tom-heavy drumming style. And his Premier kit, with its oversize rack tom and cymbals positioned at right angles, was as striking to…

by Patrick Berkery
Feb 21, 2018

Linkin Park's Rob Bourdon

Most bands with a winning track record eventually hit a creative wall, where the fork in the road to the future leads either to reinvention or a rehashing of their old hits. Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party is clearly an…

Story by Ken Micallef | Photos by Alex Solca
Feb 21, 2018