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August 2018 Issue – Volume 42 • Number 8

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Articles in August 2018

Equipment

Zoom L-12 LiveTrak

A versatile digital mixer and multitrack recorder with five independent headphone mixes, an audio interface, and more.

by Miguel Monroy
Jun 27, 2018
Equipment

Zildjian - A Series 18" Uptown Ride and 12" New Beat Hi-Hats

Quick, articulate, and bright sounds for compact setups and electronic/fusion situations.

by Michael Dawson
Jun 27, 2018
Features

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's Eric Moore and Michael Cavanagh

Last month we interviewed drummer Marian Li-Pino of the SoCal indie-surf rock band La Luz, who recently toured Australia alongside that country’s progressive psych ensemble King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Marian, the good sport that she is, agreed to put on her journalist cap and report back on what drives this unlikely double-drummer-powered group.

Story by Marian Li-Pino | Photo by Jamie Wdziek
Jun 27, 2018
Features

Mark Sheppard of Robyn Hitchcock and His L.A. Squires

It’s a balmy January evening, and at the back of an Italian restaurant nestled in a southern California strip mall, Mark Sheppard is telling the story of how he came to be the drummer with the psychedelic pop institution the…

Story by Adam Budofsky | Photos by Michele Shiers
Jun 27, 2018
Education

The Creative Hi-Hat Foot

A Fresh Approach for the Steady Timekeeper

by Stephane Chamberland
Jun 27, 2018
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Education

Multilayered Polyrhythms - Rhythmic Puzzles for Your Mind and Body

Last month we concluded our two-part introduction to polyrhythms with an example that combined multiple polyrhythms within one phrase. In this lesson, we’ll continue layering multiple polyrhythms to take the previous ideas to an even deeper level. These exercises will…

by Aaron Edgar
Jun 27, 2018
Departments

A Keller Innovation

This month’s inventive setup comes to us from Stephen Shepard, who’s been playing drums since 1962. In the late ’70s, Shepard started a drum restoration and manufacturing company in San Diego called the Drum Craftsmen with his best friend and…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2018
Critique

Antonio Sanchez, McClenty Hunter Jr., and Duduka da Fonseca take the reins, a trio of albums featuring Vinnie Colaiuta, and more!

RECORDINGS Taking the Reins Photo by Elisa Caldana Antonio Sanchez Channels of Energy The innovative musician veers in yet another direction. Following on the heels of his Grammy-nominated drums-meets-electronics tour de force, Bad Hombre, the amazing Antonio Sanchez takes a…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2018
Features

What You Need to Know About Snare Drum Heads

We began our deep dive into drumheads with a survey of the assorted types—and their sounds/applications—that are available for the bass drum (June 2018). This month we’re examining the different makes and models for the snare drum, which is arguably…

by Michael Dawson
Jun 27, 2018
Education

Latin Jazz Drumming - The Mambo, Part 1

In this lesson series we’ll focus on Latin jazz rhythms and interpret them on the drumset. For the first installment, we’re digging into the Afro-Cuban mambo bell pattern. Mambo is an Afro-Cuban style that’s built upon a clave foundation. Traditionally…

by Steve Fidyk
Jun 27, 2018
Departments

Ryan Pope on the Get Up Kids’ Kicker

Wild drum tones, energetic grooves, and signature hooks fuel the eminent group’s first release in seven years.

Story by Willie Rose | Photo by Favorite Sites and Sounds
Jun 27, 2018
Features

Drum Wisdom: Dana Hall

The drummer, composer, and director of jazz studies and ethnomusicology at DePaul University is all about seeking out true sources.

Interview by Ken Micallef | Photos by Gene Ambo
Jun 27, 2018
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Features

Jamison Ross

It’s All Connected

Story by Jeff Potter | Photos by Alex Solca
Jun 27, 2018
Equipment

Noble & Cooley - Walnut Classic Drumset

A new horizontal-ply shell construction from the original American boutique builder.

Article by David Ciauro | Video Demo by Michael Dawson
Jun 27, 2018
Equipment

WFLIII - Signature Metal and Classic Wood Snares

Uniquely designed drums that carry the legacy of generations of high-quality craftsmanship into a new era.

by Brian Hill
Jun 27, 2018
Equipment

Jimmy Paxson’s Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie Tour Kit

Fleetwood Mac guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham required an electronic kit for his 2017 duo tour with bandmate Christine McVie, but that didn’t stop Jimmy Paxson from applying his creative vision to the Roland V-Drums he chose to use. The drummer, who…

Interview by Brandy Laurel McKenzie | Photos by Jessica Alexander
Jun 27, 2018
Equipment

New Gear from Sonor, Vater, Paiste, Trakke, Yamaha, Roland, Gon Bops and Mapex!

Sonor AQ2 Series Drums These 7-ply maple kits feature newly designed lugs and are available in 22" Stage, 20" Studio, Martini, Safari, and Bop configurations. The drums share fittings and finishes, offering the flexibility to mix and match within the…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2018
Education

Drumset Ergonomics - Part 2: Seat Height

This month we’re going to explore the critically important relationship between the drum throne and the human body. Selecting an appropriate throne height is one of the most overlooked steps of setting up a drumset, yet it could have the…

by Brandon Green
Jun 27, 2018
Departments

Pete Lockett

Pete Lockett has traveled the globe countless times in search of new sounds and ethnic styles to interpret. The latest example of his approach is Boom!, a collaboration with Luis Conte where the two master percussionists seamlessly meld Indian, Cuban,…

by Mike Haid
Jun 27, 2018
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