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April 2023 – Volume 47 • Number 4

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Articles in April 2023

Half-Time Shuffle-Funk Exercises in African-American Funk

This month, we move the backbeat of the shuffle groove over to beat three. What this does is transform the shuffle into a half-time, triplet-based funk groove, which we’ll call “shuffle funk.” The Purdie shuffle made famous by the legendary…

By Jonathan Joseph
Mar 31, 2023

The Stone Killer Part 3

Last month we included the second part of Joe Morello’s “Stone Killer” that was inspired by George Lawrence Stone’s “Stone Killer” exercise. These exercises originally appeared in Joe Morello’s book Master Studies. Originally George only wrote out the first four…

By Joe Morello
Mar 31, 2023

The 4 Practice Pockets: #3. Push the EDGES: The Blue Ocean (Great Unknown) of Practice.

Venture into the blue ocean (great unknown,) by doing something you don’t know how to do… YET! I’ve never met a drummer that didn’t want to learn in the “Matrix style.” In the hero’s journey movie The Matrix, Neo plugs…

By Chris Lesso
Mar 31, 2023

Allan, Chick, Edward, Jeff, and Wayne

One of my favorite sayings is “great drumming lives within music” or simply “music contains drumming (and hopefully Drumming Contains Music.)” In the last few years many of my favorite musicians have died. Throughout their careers these musicians have invited…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2023

Drake’s Avengers kit

Cassie Birchmeier has submitted a cool little kit, and a nice story for Modern Drummer’s April Kit of the Month. She writes, “My son, Drake, has the coolest kit around. He is seven years old, and we bought him a…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2023
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For Phil Ehart In Kansas, It’s Always About the Melody

After 50 years of success and creating some of the most popular songs in rock history, Kansas and drummer Phil Ehart are sounding incredible! As further proof of their continued popularity, Inside Out Records (one of the leading progressive rock…

By Mark Griffith
Mar 31, 2023

Tommy Aldridge’s 1977 Sonor Phonic, Pat Travers Band Drum Set

It’s no wonder that Tommy Aldridge is a rock drumming legend. As early as 1972 he set a new standard for hard rock drumming. His pioneering double bass drumming, plus his unique combination of power, precision, energy, and visual excitement,…

By Donn Bennett
Mar 31, 2023

Understanding the Language of Music A Drummer’s Guide to Theory and Harmony Pt II

Modern Drummer founder Ron Spagnardi wrote an excellent book called Understanding the Language of Music, a Drummer’s Guide to Theory and Harmony. This book spells out the basics of theory and harmony in a very organized and easy to understand…

By Ron Spagnardi
Mar 31, 2023

Roland VMH-D1 Headphones Answering The Call For Electronic Drums

In February, Roland introduced the VMH-D1 V-Drums Headphones, developed in collaboration with the popular headphone brand V-MODA. In their press release they describe the product as a complete personal monitoring solution purpose-built for the electronic drumming experience. They mention a…

By Jason Mehler
Mar 31, 2023

Roland PM-100 Monitor Electronic Drum Amplification

As we have already tested Roland’s new VMH-D1 headphones this month, I thought it would be fitting to examine one of their amplified monitors for situations where amplifying your electronic drum set is required. Roland has provided us with the…

By Jason Mehler
Mar 31, 2023

TRX’s New Online Platform Lets Drummers Custom-Design Their Own Cymbals.

To better meet the wants and needs of today’s players, the new Custom Cymbal builder on the TRX Cymbals website has been developed to give every drummer the opportunity to design their own cymbals and have them made to order…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2023
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Balloons in the Sky

You know that feeling when you’re playing a piece of music and you’re somehow disconnected? What you’re playing is not wrong, but it’s not right either. Something is missing. What? Who? The answer is you! YOU’RE missing. And sometimes, you…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2023

Grammy Winner Terri Lyne Carrington

Everything is About Breaking Habits Terri Lyne Carrington is only the second drummer-bandleader to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group… and she has done it twice. The first was Art Blakey. Her first win was…

By Mark Griffith
Mar 31, 2023

Los Cabos 5A Drumsticks Quality Sticks, Different Woods

Amidst the sea of drumstick offerings by brands vying for drummers’ attention, it’s always a treat to come across quality products from a company that deserves their seat at the table. Such is the case with Los Cabos, a Canadian…

By Jason Mehler
Mar 31, 2023

OUT NOW! April 2023 – Volume 47 • Number 4

Modern Drummer is spotlighting certain new recordings that have the drums at the center of their sound. These recordings might be drummer-led, or just include a high-quality, special, or unique drumming and musical performance from the drummer and/or musicians in…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2023

Play What You Love: A Look Inside the Craftsmanship of the A&F Drum Co.

Simple design, practical application, and brilliant sound, are the three pillars that stand as the foundation for the somewhat newly created (but by no means unfamiliar) A&F Drum Company. There are so many adjectives that come to mind when I…

By Jeff Ryan
Mar 31, 2023

Renaissance Woman: Tammy Glover

I enjoy talking to people like Tammy Glover. She is a successful drummer, songwriter, and a muti-instrumentalist. Tammy was the drummer in the celebrated band Sparks for 14 years, she just wrote a musical called Wendy, My Darling, and has…

By Mark Griffith
Mar 31, 2023

The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming Four Consecutive 16th Notes

Bobby Rondinelli and Michael Lauren wrote The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming. It takes a slightly different approach from our ongoing studies from the Joe Franco book on double bass drumming. This month’s excerpt develops your ability to create warm-ups,…

By Bobby Rondinelli and Michael Lauren
Mar 31, 2023
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Bryan Hitt’s Ludwig Epic Series REO Speedwagon 2009 Tour Kit

The Ludwig Epic kit shown here was used by Brian Hitt on REO Speedwagon’s 2009 Common Ground Tour, and it also appeared in Ludwig drum ads. It’s a custom kit that starts with two 16x22 bass drums, to which additional…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2023

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