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May 2020:
Remembering Neil

Some of the worlds greatest drummers and industry members share their memories of what Neil Peart has meant to them.


November 1986:
Playing Around With Time
Rock n Jazz Clinic

One aspect of drumming that I enjoy very much is playing around with time. I can remember listening to some amazing lick or passage, and being completely baffled by what I heard. Almost instinctively, I would rush to the turntable in an attempt to figure out note for note what …


September 1985:
Dueling Drumsets
Concepts

Back in the ’50s, Jazz At The Philharmonic presented a “drum battle” featuring Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. To my knowledge, it was the first time they had appeared together. It was an exciting event, and it generated great interest in the drumming community. The format was one of challenges. …


March 1984:
An Approach For Playing In Odd Time – Part 3
Rock n Jazz Clinic

In the previous two articles, we’ve concentrated on executing written exercises which have been designed to facilitate the playing of odd time. Another effective approach to learning is through listening and transcription. The following songs have one thing in common: They deal, in some way, with seven. However, the application …


May 2018:
Rod Morgenstein with the Dixie Dregs

The Dawn of the Dregs tour—an early-2018 trek that lasts through late April—marks the first time that the lineup from the Dixie Dregs’ pivotal second album and 1977 Capricorn Records debut, Free Fall, has performed together in over forty years. To re-create the prog-infused fusion that defined the mid-’70s lineup, …


February March 1981:
Rod Morgenstein
Rod Morgenstein

When Rod Morgenstein was growing up he heard the saying, “There are musicians, and drummers.” Now, as the driving force behind the musically diverse Dixie Dregs, he lays that distinction to rest. The 27 year old is trained in piano and “legit” percussion as well as drums, and that training …


January 2010:
Rock Perspectives: Polyrhythms
Rock Perspectives Lead

In the third part of this series (November ’09), we applied a four-against-three polyrhythm to either the ride cymbal or the bass drum, while the snare drum played the backbeats on 2 and 4. Now let’s take things a step further and incorporate a second limb into the mix.


March 2016:
Catching Up With Rod Morgenstein
Rob Morgenstein

“The concept of jam band totally applies,” the famed drummer with fusion greats Dixie Dregs says of his latest album with Jazz Is Dead, “meaning go for it, challenge yourself, and don’t be afraid to take chances.”


March 2017:
Great 80s Drum Performances, Part 2: Jazz and Fusion

The ’80s might not be anyone’s first reference point for the golden age of jazz, but a closer examination reveals wonders under the surface. Sure, traditional acoustic jazz was no longer in favor, though some of the established innovators of the ’60s and ’70s were still playing at a high …



Posted: October 29, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Steve Finn of the Offering

My name is Steve and I play in the Offering, a heavy metal band based in Boston, Massachusetts. I have been a subscriber to Modern Drummer since I was fifteen, so having the opportunity to appear here “On The Beat” is an incredible full circle moment for me.


Posted: November 24, 2017

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Jacobi Gunter: Doing What I Love To Do!

Hello Modern Drummer universe, I am Jacobi Gunter from Columbia, SC and this my inaugural post. I am so hyped yet humbled to share my phenomenal journey with you all here “On The Beat.” I’ve been told that my first performance was at eighteen months old, but my earliest memory …


Posted: January 29, 2016

March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Barry Kerch
Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Barry Kerch

See what’s in the March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Barry Kerch.


Posted: January 29, 2016

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Barry Kerch

See what’s in the March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Barry Kerch.


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: February 4, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
Modern Drummer Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Other Styles

We asked the members of the Modern Drummer Education Team if they felt that it’s important for all drummers to study Latin music and other musical genres, even if they don’t intend to ever perform those styles. Here’s what they had to say….


Posted: June 27, 2013

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
August 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Zigaboo Modeliste

See what’s in the August 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, featuring Zigaboo Modeliste…


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: March 22, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Ergonomics

Click here to check out what the MD Education Team members have to say about setting up your drumset for maximum results….


Posted: November 30, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jason Dana of Bend Sinister

My name is Jason Dana, and I’ve been playing the tubs since I was a young child. I’m involved in a project called Bend Sinister. Our latest LP is titled Small Fame.


Posted: May 8, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
D’Arcus Curry, Angieszka Matusczak, and Karmi Santiago Announced as Winners of Hit Like A Girl 2012

The sponsors and supporters of “Hit Like A Girl 2012??? are proud to announce the winners of the first ever drumming contest for girls and women. (read more)


Posted: January 20, 2012

Category: Feature Stories
25 Great Double-Drumming Tracks

Two drummers working it out, face to face—trading licks, contributing to a massive groove, spurring each other on—it’s one of the great musical traditions, and surely it goes back to the very invention of the drumkit at the beginning of the last century. This group of tunes focuses on tracks …


Posted: December 21, 2011

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
The Jelly Jam
Shall We Descend

Rod Morgenstein has survived the winds of rock ’n’ roll change for more than three decades. The latest from supergroup the Jelly Jam is a perfect example of how he’s done it.


Posted: October 31, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Freddie Gruber

Right up until his passing on October 11, Freddie Gruber was a source of deep and important knowledge for many top drummers.


Posted: November 15, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Rod Morgenstein: Cross-Genre Ripping

Rod Morgenstein is best known as the blazing left-handed drummer with the influential fusion band Dixie Dregs and the pop-metal band Winger. Rod’s professional career began in 1975…


Posted: September 10, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Paul Wandtke with Kill Hannah

Hey, MD world, I’m Paul Wandtke, and I’m here to tell you what I’ve been up to, as it’s been a while since I’ve spoken to my MD friends….


Posted: December 7, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Influencer: Alan Dawson

Alan Dawson was an outstanding jazz drummer and a legendary teacher. Alan was known for his ingenious use of rudiments, his melodic approach to drumming, and an extremely advanced level of hand and foot coordination.


Posted: November 12, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jay & the Americans’ Rick Van Horn

It’s been a while since most of you have seen my name, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to let everyone know that I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet…


Posted: November 12, 2009

Rick Van Horn of Jay & the Americans : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jay & the Americans’ Rick Van Horn

It’s been a while since most of you have seen my name, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to let everyone know that I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet…


Posted: October 13, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Gary Foster of The Sunstreak

What’s up, everyone! My name is Gary Foster and I play drums and percussion with the Sunstreak…


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: July 10, 2008

Bob D'Amico of The Fiery Furnaces drummer blog
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Bob D'Amico of The Fiery Furnaces

When asked to write something for this, I was thrilled, because I grew up reading MD and I honestly have to say that the magazine and its consistent content taught me so much about drums, drummers, and drumming technique.


Posted: July 10, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Bob D’Amico of The Fiery Furnaces

When asked to write something for this, I was thrilled, because I grew up reading MD and I honestly have to say that the magazine and its consistent content taught me so much about drums, drummers, and drumming technique.



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