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July 2021:
Flams

The traditional flam is a principal note played from a high position preceded by a grace note played from a low position. The sound of a flam is a thick one ranging from “fa-lam” at the slow beginning stage to the sound of the word “flam” at the fast advanced …


May 2021:
Endurance Exercises
Master Studies II - More Exercises for the Development of Control and Technique (Print Book)

Balance Your Left and Right Hands! The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen each hand individually in order to achieve a balance between the two. For the right-handed drummer, the left hand is the weaker hand, and vice versa. Play each example starting with your left hand, as shown, …


April 2021:
April 2021
Paradiddle Combinations
Master Studies II - More Exercises for the Development of Control and Technique (Print Book)

We’re taking a little trip into the past to revisit a fantastic paradiddle lesson from Joe Morello’s essential book, Master Studies II [2006, Modern Drummer Publications]. The following exercises are great for developing control. Practice each one slowly at first, and remain relaxed at all times. Speed will come with …


March 2021:
Table of Time
Joe Morello

This month’s Strictly Technique column features an excerpt from legendary jazz drummer/educator Joe Morello’s classic book Master Studies, called “Table of Time.” This exercise will help your development of the single-stroke roll, and also help you develop the ability to play various subdivisions evenly. At first, you should accent the …


October 2020:
OCTOBER 2020 COVER
Joe Morello
Joe Morello

Chops Master and Musical Poet Joe Morello inspired thousands of drummers during his long career, which spanned from 1957, the year of his first recording session with Dave Brubeck, to 2011, when he passed away. Morello’s legacy reached a wide spectrum of players. His technical skills were off the charts. …


March 1985:
The World Of Henry Adler

JD: How did you start playing drums? HA: Both my brother and sister played instruments. I was the youngest, I loved music, and I had a feeling for drums. I grew up during the Depression, so it was very tough to get an instrument or to pay a teacher. In …


October 1983:
Triplets With Buzz Rolls
Strictly Technique

Going from single strokes to buzz (multiple rebound) strokes requires a different pressure, which is controlled primarily with the fingers. The important thing to remember here is that “pressure” does not mean “rigidity” or “tension.” So these exercises, then, will help develop the sensitivity in the fingers that is necessary …


October 1982:
Teacher's Forum – Joe Morello
Teacher's Forum

On Clinics, Symposiums and Seminars   Photo by Lew Citer RM: You’ve been involved with clinics for quite a few years. JM: I’ve been doing clinics since the early ’60s. For a while, I was doing a lot of them—twenty or thirty at a time. In those days, the Brubeck …


November 2017:
Steve Maxwell Vintage and Custom Drum Shop

Aided by his wife, his two sons, and some trusted employees with whom he doesn’t share a last name, Maxwell has seen his business evolve to include custom drum making and cymbal repurposing. And his responsibilities go beyond owning and operating the two shops and online business. Maxwell joined Craviotto …


January 1978:
Larrie Londin

A heavy-set, yet gentle and personable man, Larrie at age 34, has made more than a comfortable living sitting confidently behind his multiple tom, double bass drum set-up, backing a mind boggling array of musical personalities; Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins. Jerry Reed, Glen Campbell, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Mac Davis, …


April 1977:
Drum Soloist
Drum Soloist

Joe Morello, ranks among the “greats” of jazz drumming. He has won the respect and admiration of every drummer who takes his instrument seriously.


March April 1979:
Joe Morello

Joe Morello is a drummer not often written about. The last album to feature Morello was the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s 25th Anniversary Reunion. In the liner notes to that album Morello wrote, “It’s nice to be remembered when you’re old and gray.”



Posted: October 1, 2020

Website news
Category: News
Time OutTakes: Newly Discovered Tracks from Dave Brubeck Classic to Feature Unreleased Joe Morello Performances

Brubeck Editions has announced the December 4, 2020, release of Time OutTakes, the label’s inaugural release, timed to celebrate Dave Brubeck’s centennial. The release features recently discovered outtakes from the historic 1959 Time Out sessions by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, which featured the pianist and composer alongside alto saxophonist and …


Posted: September 10, 2020

Mark And Danny
Category: News
Drummers on Record: Danny Gottlieb, Pedrito Martinez, Linda Pitmon

Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb Electric Blue (Danny Gottlieb) Bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb, who share a nearly fifty-year working relationship, are releasing their first-ever duo recording, Electric Blue, featuring just drums and bass. Egan and Gottlieb spent years touring and recording together as members of the original …


Posted: June 4, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Josh Roossin of the Jacks

Josh Roossin here and I play drums in the LA-based rock n’ roll band the Jacks.


Posted: February 1, 2018

Gerry Polci
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Gerry Polci of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and the Hit Men: What’s Up After All These Years

Hello MD Drummers! My name is Gerry Polci. I have been playing professionally for more than fifty years, yes, fifty years, and I’m happy to say I still love what I do and love to share my acquired skills with the rest of the drumming world.


Posted: March 6, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
Nick Zamora On Tour With the Suffers

Drummer Nick Zamora’s driving feel, blazing yet apt chops, and Motown-inspired grooves are supporting the Houston, Texas, soul collective the Suffers on their current March tour. Since forming in 2011, the ten-member group has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity, thanks in part to television appearances on such shows as …


Posted: January 25, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Butch Trucks: 1947–2017

In a week that was already rocked by the deaths of Can’s Jaki Liebezeit and Spooky Tooth’s Mike Kellie, the drum world was shaken for a third time by news this morning of the passing of founding Allman Brothers Band sticksman Butch Trucks.


Posted: August 3, 2016

Steve Fidyk
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Drummer/Educator Steve Fidyk: The Making of Allied Forces

Hello, On the Beat readers. Steve Fidyk here. You may be familiar with the column Jazz Drummers Workshop that I have been contributing to for the past five years in Modern Drummer magazine. I’ve also been performing as a member and featured soloist with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble for …


Posted: August 3, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Drummer/Educator Steve Fidyk: The Making of Allied Forces

Hello, On the Beat readers. Steve Fidyk here. You may be familiar with the column Jazz Drummers Workshop that I have been contributing to for the past five years in Modern Drummer magazine. I’ve also been performing as a member and featured soloist with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble for …


Posted: June 15, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With David Frangioni: Inspired by Carl Palmer

Hello Modern Drummer readers, fellow drummers, and music lovers. My name is David Frangioni and I’ve been playing the drums since I was two years old. Doing the math, that gives me about forty-five plus years of drum time.


Posted: November 2, 2015

Category: Feature Stories
Dom Famularo’s Teachers List

Over the course of his forty-year career traveling the globe to teach, perform, and conduct clinics, Dom Famularo has interacted with some of the finest drummers and drum instructors in the world. The following list contains many of those names, organized by country/continent. If you’re looking for top-notch drum instruction, …


Posted: September 15, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Web Exclusive! Joe Walsh’s Joe Vitale: Practice Tips and Influences

Joe Vitale is currently touring with Joe Walsh as well as starring in the movie Ricki and the Flash, featuring Meryl Streep. We continue talking with Joe about a few practice tips as well as some of his influences….


Posted: February 27, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
News: “World’s Greatest Drummer??? Concert to Feature Steve Gadd

The World’s Greatest Drummer Concert returns on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Derngate Theatre in Northampton, UK. Since the first concert in 2007, the event has featured some of the finest drummers alive….


Posted: October 27, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, On the Beat, Videos
Drummer Blog: David Frangioni

Hello Fellow Drummers, my name is David Frangioni and I started playing the drums at age two. I lost one eye to cancer shortly thereafter and realized music is my passion. After years of my childhood playing, practicing, studying with Alan Dawson and Joe Morello, along with a drive to …


Posted: October 17, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Little Kids Rock Will Honor Joan Jett At Annual Star-Studded Benefit

To ensure the continuation and revitalization of music education in economically challenged public schools across the country, non-profit organization Little Kids Rock will host its sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, honoring Joan Jett and her music.


Posted: August 4, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Russ Garner With Larry Mitchell and Southern Fried Funk

What I’ve learned from drumming and the music business is that hard work and practice always pay off. It is important to give back to your community and to always treat people how you would like to be treated: with kindness and respect….


Posted: May 12, 2014

Category: Drummers, Jazz Drummers' Workshop, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO! Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Syncopation Revisited, Part 1: Basic Applications (From the June 2014 Issue)

Click here to check out part 1 of a Jazz Drummer’s Workshop series by Steve Fidyk focusing on ways to develop coordination on the drumset using Ted Reed’s classic book Syncopation.


Posted: March 21, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Drum Daze 2014 Columbus, Ohio

On Sunday, March 30th, some of the biggest names in drumming will come together for an afternoon you won’t forget. Russ Miller joins Ray Luzier, Mike Johnston, Greg Hutchinson and John Riley for the Drum Daze line-up.


Posted: November 1, 2013

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia Drummer Carl Palmer Video Interview

Modern Drummer magazine caught up with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia drummer Carl Palmer backstage at Yestival 2013 this past August. In Part 1 of this interview Carl waxes poetic about drumming legends Joe Moerllo and Buddy Rich. In Part 2 of this interview Carl talks about his love …


Posted: October 25, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
MD Writer “Pistol” Pete Kaufmann Conducts “Big Picture Drumming” Clinic

Musician and Modern Drummer writer “Pistol” Pete Kaufmann will be conducting his clinic on “Big Picture Drumming” at Warlock Drum studios in Downtown Jersey City, Saturday, November 9th, from 1 to 3pm. Big Picture Drumming is based on Pistol’s Modern Drummer Magazine educational piece and concepts will be geared towards …


Posted: October 23, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jeff Ryan

I’m honored to be contributing a blog to Modern Drummer’s website, because I consider this magazine to be the foundation as well as the living/breathing backbone of the drumming community….


Posted: July 1, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres Visits Modern Drummer Online, Part 2

In this Web exclusive video, Cam Patterson of DrumHang sits with Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and his longtime drum-tech, JD Derosz. For part two, the guys share stores about repairing Joe Morello’s roof, watching Elvin Jones, recording in the studio, tuning and changing drumheads, and their reason for using …


Posted: April 26, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, Lists
25 Timeless Drum Books

What makes a great drum book? There’s no single answer, as different books have been written to address a wide variety of styles and techniques. But judging by a recent poll in which Modern Drummer readers were asked to name their favorite volumes, a few characteristics stand out….


Posted: January 3, 2013

Category: A Different View, Feature Stories
Mark Egan On…
The star bassist reflects on 15 world-class drummers

The February 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine features renowned bassist Mark Egan sharing some of the lessons he’s learned from working with drumming royalty. Here he focuses the discussion on the unique qualities and skills each of these players brings to the table….


Posted: January 10, 2012

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Mel Lewis: A Quiet Fire

For big band great Mel Lewis, the drums were his easy chair and the band his hearth. He was the fire.


Posted: December 28, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Marky Ramone: Punk Legend

Marky Ramone held the drum chair with legendary punk pioneers the Ramones longer than anyone else. But there’s much more to his story…


Posted: December 16, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Def Leppard’s Rick Allen: Perseverance

This article originally ran in the March 1988 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. The thoughts are those of Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard. The topic concerns the aftermath of a tragic car accident in the winter of 1984 that cost him his left arm, but ultimately provided those who …


Posted: September 2, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer/Teacher Nucleo Vega

My name is Nuc, and I’m a drummer, educator, and Mel Bay author in the Washington, D.C., area. I’m working on a project that involves drum melody…


Posted: July 28, 2011

Category: A Different View, Drummers, Feature Stories
A Different View with Danny Kortchmar

More with the world-renowned right-hand man to rock’s singer-songwriter royalty, who is featured in the Different View column of this month’s issue of MD.


Posted: July 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
MD Readers Poll 2011 Results

Welcome once again to the MD Readers Poll, where the greatest drummers on the planet are honored by the most educated drum fans around. Let’s get right to it: the envelope, please….


Posted: June 24, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Greg Burrows

Hi, Greg Burrows here. I’m honored to write a blog for Modern Drummer magazine, a publication I’ve been reading since the very first issue, which came out when I was in my early teens. There have been hundreds of articles and exercises in MD that have influenced and shaped who …


Posted: June 6, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rob Griffith of Bronze Radio Return

Greetings, everybody! Rob Griffith from Bronze Radio Return here. We’re an indie roots-rock band from Hartford, Connecticut, and we’ve just released our second full-length album, Shake! Shake! Shake! I feel very honored to be writing for moderndrummer.com. I have about twelve years of Modern Drummer back issues stacked in my …


Posted: June 6, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rob Griffith of
Bronze Radio Return

Greetings, everybody! Rob Griffith from Bronze Radio Return here. We’re an indie roots-rock band from Hartford, Connecticut, and we’ve just released our second full-length album, Shake! Shake! Shake! I feel very honored to be writing for moderndrummer.com. I have about twelve years of Modern Drummer back issues stacked in my …


Posted: May 27, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Remembering “The Chapin Magic”

Modern Drummer’s 2011 Readers Poll Hall of Fame inductee is the late drummer/educator Jim Chapin, who passed away in 2009.


Posted: May 17, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Joe Morello: 1928–2011

Steve Fidyk’s tribute (video) to the late drummer/educator, whose life and career are honored in this month’s MD.


Posted: March 16, 2011

Category: Drummers, Jazz Drummers' Workshop, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
Steve Fidyk’s Tribute to Joe Morello

Army Blues drummer and MD contributor Steve Fidyk plays a 5/4 drum solo dedicated to his longtime teacher, Joe Morello.


Posted: March 14, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Joe Morello: Changing The Way We Think About Time

“Throughout his storied career, Joe Morello displayed a rare combination of drumming talents. He revealed an exceptional sense of swing and finesse combined with astounding technical ability. Along with witty and inventive solo work, Morello was extremely adept at negotiating odd time signatures. Thousands of aspiring drummers have been both …


Posted: November 30, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mauricio DeSouza

Hey, fellow Modern Drummers! Mauricio de Souza here, stopping by to say hello. It is with great pleasure that I write these lines to introduce myself to this wonderful community. I am currently releasing my new album, Here. There… (Pulsa Music), in which I combine my groups: Mauricio de Souza …


Posted: November 2, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
John Riley : Master Player/Master Teacher

John Riley, one of the most respected drummer/educators of the past thirty years, was born in 1954, and began playing drums at the age of eight. At twelve Riley began playing in rock bands and was first exposed to jazz via the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max …


Posted: September 27, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Joe Morello: Rudimental Jazz

(November 2010 Issue) Revealing why rudiments remain relevant in the modern age—and how they can be applied in a limitless variety of contemporary situations—Rudimental Jazz by legendary drummer, teacher, and author Joe Morello is designed to help drummers develop their technical facility and convert it into musical stills. Updated to …


Posted: August 25, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Steve Jordan: Web Exclusive

If you ask Steve Jordan who his favorite drummer is, be prepared to get hit with a never-ending list of influences, ranging from the obvious—like jazz greats Kenny Clarke and Philly Joe Jones and funk innovators David Garibaldi and Stephen Ferrone—to the more obscure, like Motown/disco session drummer Andrew Smith, …


Posted: November 5, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Gloria Gaynor’s Swiss Chris

I am currently doing dates with Gloria Gaynor. I’m also playing drums for Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew…


Posted: August 20, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Remembering Jim Chapin

The venerable drum teacher passed away this July 4, leaving behind thousands of acolytes–and a million great stories. In this companion to the In Memoriam in the October issue of MD, we hear from some of Chapin’s many friends and drumming disciples.


Posted: January 12, 2009

Category: Feature Stories, What We're Listening To
Great Drum Parts = GENIUS

The March issue of MD (out now) features Billy Ward’s fascinating conversation with Simon Phillips, Doane Perry, Marco Minnemann, Thomas Lang, and Jerry Marotta about the grooves that inspired them to play drums early on, and that continue to today. It seemed to make perfect sense for MD’s editors to …


Posted: June 9, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Andrew Hernandez

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a huge MMA fan. (I skipped Maryland Death Festival to watch BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk!) Now, I’m a drummer, not a competitive combatant in the UFC or another organization. (continue reading)


Posted: May 1, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chad Smith: Web Exclusive Interview

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith takes a much-needed rest—for a minute—and fills MD in on the many cool side projects he’s involved in…


Posted: February 27, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Dan Lamagna of Suicide City

First off, thank you for reading this! I’d like to share with you some of what has been going on in my life the last few months. It’s been studios, stages, and teaching for me….


Posted: October 19, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, The Greats
Max Roach

Simply put, Max Roach brought jazz drumming into the modern age. Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell revolutionized jazz with new melodies and concepts; Max matched these musical geniuses with startling rhythms and reactive, action-packed drumming that still influences drummers on a profound level today….


Posted: March 25, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Danny Gottlieb with The Pat Metheny Group

Averaging almost two hundred performances every year for the past thirty years, Danny Gottlieb–original drummer with The Pat Metheny Group–continues to be an in-demand jazz drummer both in the US and in Europe….


Posted: September 25, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Joe Morello: Revisiting A Master

The Dave Brubeck Quartet was the most popular jazz group of that time. “Take Five,” featuring a drum solo by Joe Morello, was a million-seller. This group toured the world playing concerts instead of location club gigs. I can’t think of one jazz group today that approaches the level of …


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Pete Best

Over the years many have claimed the title “The Fifth Beatle.” When you think about it, original Beatle drummer Pete Best deserves the tag as much as anyone. The Beatles: The True Beginnings (St. Martins Press), Pete’s new book written with his brothers Roag and Rory, makes the case as …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Bruce Guttridge

Dennis Chambers recently described Bruce Guttridge as “a monster” of a player (January 2000 MD). The compliment is well deserved; Bruce is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s hardest working and most in-demand drummers. Coming off of a five-year stint with Ien Navarro, Bruce is currently recording, producing, and playing with many …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Education Team Members, Feature Stories, Update
Steve Fidyk

An impressive feature of Steve Fidyk’s drumming on the new CD A Perfect Match by The Taylor/Fidyk Big Band is the wide range of styles covered….



Posted: April 22, 2021

Episode 30 Tico Torres
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 30: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Tico Torres

Episode 30: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Tico Torres Welcome to this week’s Modern Drummer podcast with Billy Amendola, David Frangioni, and the multi-platinum-sold-out arena-selling drummer of supergroup Bon Jovi, “The Hitman” himself Tico Torres. Since the mid-eighties, Tico and the band have released over thirty albums …