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April 2022 – Volume 46 • Number 4

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Articles in April 2022

Basics

Concepts for Beginners

This month’s article will focus on some monumental ideas that will help you quicken your growth as a drummer when first starting out. Some of these concepts were taught to me by my drum instructors when I was younger, and…

By Billy Ashbaugh
Mar 31, 2022
Rock Perspectives

Chad Smith’s Red Hot Chili Peppers Audition

I grew up in Detroit and moved out to California in August of 1988. Through a friend of a friend, I got the audition with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. My friend knew a girl who was dating John Frusciante.…

By Chad Smith
Mar 31, 2022
New and Notable

Majestic Percussion Releases Highly Anticipated Opus One Orchestral Snare Drum Series

Majestic Percussion announces the launch of the Opus One Orchestral Snare Drum series. Featuring the most desirable attributes of coveted vintage snare drums combined with modern design advancements, the new series was created over several years in collaboration with some…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2022
Features

Clayton Cameron

Tapping into, and brushing up, on Perfect Time We all first met Clayton Cameron several years ago. His career had brought him from manning the skins in the big band behind The Rat Pack and the legendary Sammy Davis Jr.…

By Mark Griffith
Mar 31, 2022
Kit of the Month

Carter Beauford Replica Kit

April’s Kit of the Month comes to us from Hampton, Arkansas. It is Adam Parker’s Carter Beauford replica kit. Adam explains, “I have followed Carter’s kit every year since I was 14. Eventually I started replicating it because I loved…

Mark Griffith
Mar 31, 2022
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On the Cover

UNLIMITED CHAD

It’s becoming an annual event on my calendar. Chad Smith and I seem to talk every February. And since we talked last, Chad has been very busy. He has just recently completed another Ozzy Osbourne record, a new Eddie Vedder…

By Mark Griffith Photos By Travis Shinn
Mar 31, 2022
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Bob Moses Drum Wisdom: The 8/8 Concept

This month we will be begin exploring Bob Moses’ classic book called Drum Wisdom. In this book Bob explores the organic side of drumming with wonderful explanations of some of the most important ideas in playing music. We will begin…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2022
Features

Martin Bulloch of Mogwai

As musicians, we’re all familiar with the expression “music is math.” This definitely rings true with the ever so calculated and melodically powerful Martin Bulloch, drummer for the much accoladed Glasgow based band, Mogwai. Martin’s precision to detail and musically…

By Jeff Ryan
Mar 31, 2022
Lessons

Transcriptions:

“Salute to Kareem,” Mother’s Milk; “Suck my Kiss,” Blood Sugar Sex Magik; “Breaking the Girl,” Blood Sugar Sex Magik;“Readymade,” Stadium Arcadium; “Dark Necessities,” The Getaway; In this month’s cover story and interview Chad Smith talks about R&B and funk drumming,…

Excerpted from Chad Smith Legends
Mar 31, 2022
JAZZ INSIGHTS

Going to the Movies, with Peter Erskine

Scene 1: Jam session, rehearsal, or a gig. Bandleader’s Line: Let’s play “Green Dolphin Street” … and… Drums, how about you play an intro? Spot Quiz: A.) Do you ask, “How long?”B.) Do you ask, “What tempo?”C.) Do you ask,…

By Peter Erskine
Mar 31, 2022
HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND DRUMMING

The Muscle-Bound Myth and Weight Training for Drummers

If someone asked me to put together a list of non-negotiables – things I need to prioritize for my own well being - two activities would immediately come to mind: Drumming (obviously) and weight training. Drumming and training are a…

By James Petercsak
Mar 31, 2022
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New and Notable

SABIAN Introduces HHX Anthology

Sabian has announced a new collection of cymbal designs to be added to their world famous HHX series of professional cymbals. Introducing HHX Anthology, a collaboration between the Master Artisans at Sabian and world-renowned musician Jojo Mayer. Developed over 3…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2022
DONN BENNETT’S DRUM VAULT

Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault

“If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” By 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were starting to get somewhere. Their second album You’re Gonna Get It had earned the band a gold record and the band was preparing to record…

By Donn Bennett
Mar 31, 2022
Product Close-Up

Innovative Percussion A7X Stick

This new addition to the Innovative Percussion roster of products certainly represents a real ambition for quality. The A7X Brooks Wackerman signature drumstick slides right into your hand quite comfortably, and clearly states its purpose for rock and metal drumming.…

By Nic Kubes
Mar 31, 2022
Product Close-Up

Evans Snare Tune-Up Kit (UV1 & Calftone)

The snare drum is a sensitive instrument. However, while cracking away one backbeat at a time, all the intricate parts that factor into one’s snare tone can often go forgotten. Overhauling your snare drum can be a lengthy, frustrating process.…

By Nic Kubes
Mar 31, 2022
EYE CANDY

Sonor’s Steve Smith 30th Anniversary drumset

In 2007 Sonor drums created a limited-edition drumset to honor Steve Smith’s 30th anniversary as a Sonor artist. Steve has two such kits, one is stored in New Jersey for use on the East Coast, and one is stored at…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2022
NEXT GEN

Sarah Thawer: Developing, Evolving

Sarah Thawer is not your typical drummer. Starting her unconventional music education at a very young age of two, she shaped her musical identity by combining her cultural roots with her extensive experience absorbing all the music around her—from Jazz…

By Raghav Mehrotra
Mar 31, 2022
New and Notable

TnR Products Percussion Isolation Mounts Receive Fresh Branding To Match Improved Design

In the spirit of continuous improvement and better serving the drumming community, TnR Products is proud to announce design updates and the rebranding of their percussion isolation mounts as TnR TrueVibe. The snare stand isolation mounts have undergone subtle but…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2022
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