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August 2020 Issue – Volume 44 • Number 8

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Articles in August 2020

Stick Technique Revisited

Part 2: The Free Stroke The free stroke, which is also commonly referred to as the full stroke, rebound stroke, or legato stroke, is the most important technique you should learn, as it’s the foundation for almost every other stroke…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020

Critique

RECORDINGS Testament Titans of Creation The band’s thirteenth studio release proves once again how they themselves are titans of creation in the thrash metal lineage. Although drummer Gene Hoglan is not an original member of Testament, his drumming style created…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020

LP, Mackie, Grover Pro, Roland, and more

Latin Percussion Stainless Steel Salsa Snares The new Salsa snares are fitted with stainless-steel rims, eight lugs, and twenty-four-strand wires. Available in 5.5x13 and 4.5x12 sizes, these drums are said to sound cutting and bright with a sharp attack.lpmusic.com Mackie…

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Jul 9, 2020

Be Your Own Shaman

As usual, it was a dame that turned my drumming all topsy-turvy…. Sorry, I’ve been watching too many Humphrey Bogart movies during this lockdown. But that lead is actually true. Besides overdosing on Bogey, I also recently started binge-watching Outlander,…

Modern Drummer
Jul 6, 2020

Lana Del Rey’s Tom Marsh

Serving the singer onstage requires all of this multithreat’s many skills. Lana Del Rey currently ranks among the top pop singers in the world. Steadily releasing albums since 2012, her classic torch-song voice graces moody material with a modern sensibility.…

Modern Drummer
Jul 7, 2020
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Khruangbin’s DJ Johnson

At first listen, his drumming sounds simple. But his tone, touch, timing, and focused parts make the indie-world trio Khruangbin’s trance-like music groove hard in a way a lesser drummer would easily muck up and mire. Houston, Texas–based trio Khruangbin…

Modern Drummer
Jul 8, 2020

Alesis - Strike Pro Special Edition Mesh Kit

This eleven-piece set is as professional-grade as it gets, yet somehow keeps the cost-conscious consumer in mind. For a number of years, Alesis has positioned itself as the leading producer of affordable electronic drumsets, multipads, and drum machines best suited…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020

Modern-Jazz/Rock/Fusion Powerhouse Ronald Bruner Jr..

Grammy-winning drummer, producer, singer, and songwriter Ronald Bruner Jr. is one of today’s most electrifying performers. His exciting “no holds barred” approach has gained the respect of some of the industry’s top artists, and his genre-busting style is a combination…

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Jul 8, 2020

Bad Religion’s Jamie Miller

Sometimes the job you were meant to do comes about when you least expect it. For this drummer, the opportunity came decades after he first imagined it. In 2015, after relocating from Baltimore to California, and barely into a hiatus…

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Jul 8, 2020

Readers Platform

Neil Peart I am a longtime subscriber to Modern Drummer and have been eagerly awaiting the May 2020 issue ever since I read that you were writing a tribute to Neil Peart. Neil has been one of my biggest drumming inspirations…

Modern Drummer
Jul 6, 2020

The Jon Christensen Approach

Developing a Modern Straight-8th Concept In this article we’re going to explore the broken, straight-8th feel that the late, great Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen utilized to majestic effect on many classic albums for German jazz label ECM. The exercises included…

Modern Drummer
Jul 8, 2020

Innovative Percussion

LAX-1, SF-1, and MATT-1 Drumsticks and KDB-2 Cloud Beater Versatile drumset sticks and a modern take on the fluffy thumper. Nashville-based Innovative Percussion—one of the leading manufacturers of symphonic and marching sticks, mallets, and accessories—has been steadily growing its catalog…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020
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Evans - UV2 Drumheads

A beefier 2-ply version of the innovative ultraviolet-light-cured coated batter. Last fall Evans expanded its offerings featuring the new UV-cured coating to include a double-ply model, the UV2. These heads comprise two layers of 7 mil film and a thin…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney

In the five years since the band’s last full-length album, the drummer has spread his creative wings as a producer of note. Here we talk about that growth, and spend time with the drummer’s partner, Dan Auerbach. The hiatus between…

Modern Drummer
Jul 8, 2020

Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault

Elvin Jones’ Cymbal Collection Elvin Jones was one of the most influential, inspirational, and beloved jazz musicians of all time. Few artists have touched the world as deeply as he did. Though I only briefly met Elvin a couple times,…

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Jul 9, 2020

Sean Reinert (1971–2020)

To those in the know, Sean Reinert was one of the most astounding heavy-rock drummers of all time, with timeless albums by Cynic and Death providing more supporting evidence than one would ever need. But from very early on, he…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020

Matt Laug on Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”

The existence of live and programmed drums on a track is commonplace today. Twenty-five years ago, though, it was such a fresh idea it could launch a career. If you were anywhere near a radio or MTV in the latter…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020

Kassa Overall

On his second solo outing, I Think I’m Good, the Seattle native and New York City resident raps/sings over engrossing music built of sampled and live sources, in the process practically creating his own genre: the jazz-hip-hop confessional. A gifted…

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Jul 9, 2020

Billy Cobham’s Spectrum

The ex-Mahavishnu phenom was out to prove he had the drumming and writing chops to stake his own claim with his 1973 solo debut. By the early 1970s, Billy Cobham had spent time drumming with several legendary jazz artists, including…

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Jul 9, 2020
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Thomas Lang’s Coordination and Counting Concepts

A Few Ways to Practice With or Without Drums “Independence, four-way coordination, and ambidexterity are such huge subjects,” says Thomas Lang in a recent video lesson filmed for Modern Drummer by DrumChannel.com. “One way of getting into this is just…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020

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