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August 2023 – Volume 47 • Number 8

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Articles in August 2023

Understanding the Language of Music Basic Chord Structure

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 easy to understand way. It…

By Ron Spagnardi
Jul 31, 2023

Joe Farnsworth: Playing from the Past, and for the Future

Photo by William Brown I tell drum students this all of the time. If you become a music major in college, pay as much attention to your peers as you do to your teachers. You can learn as much (and…

By Mark Griffith
Jul 31, 2023

Joe Morello’s Maple Ludwigs

This Ludwig five-piece sliver sparkle maple drum kit (14x22, 9x13, 16x16, 16x18, and 5.5x14 Hammered Bronze Snare) was owned and played by Joe Morello for many years. David Frangioni studied with Joe in the 80’s and they became very close.…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2023

Sam Smith, The 1975, Interpol, Black Crowes, Blur, and Placebo Drummers Use Porter & Davies

Photo by David Phillips The silent tactile monitors made by Porter & Davies (P&D) are used around the globe by many top professional drummers. Joining the growing P&D family are Jonathan ‘Ginger’ Hamilton (Sam Smith), George Daniel (The 1975), Sam…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2023

Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin Mountain vs. Machine

Photo by Mike DeMillia As you walk in drummer Shannon Larkin’s house there are no pictures of himself, or Gold or Platinum records on the wall. The only thing that would clue you into the fact that you are in…

By Mark Griffith
Jul 31, 2023
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Just Duet

The greatest joy in education comes when the student teaches the teacher. Jake Reed and Ryan Shaw (who is highlighted in Jake’s guest column) both studied with me at USC. They not only do me and the Thornton School of…

By Jake Reed with Peter Erskine
Jul 31, 2023

OUT NOW! New Recordings in the August 2023 Issue

Modern Drummer is spotlighting 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 a unique drumming and musical performance from the drummer and/or musicians in…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2023

Embrace Change

In proofing this month’s Modern Drummer, I saw a theme. It was an unconscious theme, but a theme none-the-less. Changes. It’s not just a great Yes song, a timeless David Bowie song, or a classic Buddy Miles song. Nor is…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2023

Laura Donelan of Music Pro Insurance

Many musicians don’t know that specialized musical instrument insurance exists. If they do know about it, they probably assume it’s going to cost an arm and leg. And if someone knows about it, and is interested, they probably assume that…

By Mark Griffith
Jul 31, 2023

Louie Palmer: From London to L.A. with fire!

Photo by Marcus Wolf When you scroll through social media pages you see many different posts from various guys, and you might stop for only a few seconds on one who caught your attention. But sometimes, you might spend more…

By Daniel Bedard
Jul 31, 2023

Pearl Welcomes Drummers to High-End Reimagined

The emerging power drummer, gigging player, or up-and-comer can expect a fresh new selection of visuals for Pearl’s Decade Maple Series drums. Two new satin lacquer finish options are being introduced with the arrival of Blue Mirage, and Rose Mirage,…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2023

HalBlaine’s 1950s Rogers “Constellation” Drum Set

The set that started it all… By now, studio drummer Hal Blaine’s legend is pretty well known. He is widely considered the most recorded musician of all time. His extraordinarily prolific career spanned four decades from the the 1950s through…

By Donn Bennett
Jul 31, 2023
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Triplets with Flams

In previous months we have learned about an often-ignored sound of drumming called Flat Flams. Then we learned about Joe Morello’s creative way of combining eighth notes with Flams.This month we will continue with a study of playing triplets with…

By Joe Morello
Jul 31, 2023

Explosive CONFIDENCE Through Drumming

Where does true confidence come from? It’s found in the evidence of actions when you faced your dragons, and came out the other side. It’s not just thinking, but KNOWING. Everyday, we earn another 1%, but we don’t always see…

By Chris Lesso
Jul 31, 2023

Danny Schreiber of Quor

The prog-metal band Quor has been together since 2013, and their newest member is drummer Danny Schreiber. The band just got back from a Japanese tour which found them playing at the Osaka club called Hokage’, as well as Babel…

By Mark Griffith
Jul 31, 2023

Groove Concepts for Fusion-Funk Music

I began playing with the Carl Mayotte Fusion Quintet in 2018. We have recorded four albums since 2018 and have had the chance to release a play along series for drum and bass with Hudson Music in 2023. Creating the…

By Stephane Chamberland
Jul 31, 2023

Patience Pays Off!

This month’s Modern Drummer Kit of the Month comes from Diogo Veiga of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His kit is a Pearl Export kit with added 8” and 10” toms. At first, Diogo remembers that the Exports were only available with…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2023

Latin Percussion Rhythm Rods New Tools for the Toolbox

The other half of my LP box had a nice assortment of Rhythm Rods. LP sent over three different pairs: Synthetic Lightweight and Heavyweight models, and the Natural Rhythm Rods. I tried these alternative implements on just about everything I…

By Brian Hill
Jul 31, 2023

Latin Percussion Single Brass Timbales Versatility and Choices

Latin Percussion (LP) has been around for decades. I am literally still using LP cowbells I bought back in the 1970’s. (No, I’m not that old, I just started young!) LP is not only known for making outstanding cowbells but…

By Brian Hill
Jul 31, 2023
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DW’s Alex Gonzalez Collectors Series Icon Snare Drum: Iconic drummer, Iconic Snare Drum

Drum Workshop sent Modern Drummer over one of their newest Collector Series Icon snare drums for a look-see. The Alex Gonzalez DW Collector’s Series ICON snare drum was created as a tribute to Latin Pop icons Mana and their legendary…

By Brian Hil
Jul 31, 2023

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