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December 2017 Issue – Volume 41 • Number 12

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Articles in December 2017

Mark Guiliana

Touring is tough. And the ordeal of modern flying has upped the headache factor. But Mark Guiliana has learned to deal: He’s traveling ultra-light and loving it. The Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet is touring the U.S. and Europe in support…

by Jeff Potter
Oct 31, 2017

John Aldridge

The famed engraver, drum tech, and vintage enthusiast helped start a movement.

by Harry Cangany
Oct 31, 2017

Dave Weckl, Omar Hakim, D'Addario and More!

Dave Weckl Launches Online Drum School Fusion legend Dave Weckl recently launched an online school that includes HD video lessons, play-along packages, and exclusive live footage and lessons from current tours. Courses include hand and foot technique and drum tuning.…

Modern Drummer
Oct 31, 2017

Eli Keszler

When the Brooklyn-based performer and composer Eli Keszler settles in behind a drumkit, it’s likely that he’s given as much thought to the space he’s playing in as the notes he’s filling it with. “As a composer it’s essential that…

Story by Keith Carne | Photos by Brendan Burdzinski
Oct 31, 2017

Los Cabos - White Hickory, Red Hickory, and Maple Drumsticks

Top-notch products from a smaller Canadian company with big-time aspirations.

by Michael Dawson
Oct 31, 2017
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What’s Your Favorite Prog Drumming Record?

To coincide with this month’s feature on twelve heartland prog-rock drumming albums, we asked our readers and social media followers for their own favorite prog records. Plenty of choices featuring drum legends such as Bill Bruford, Neil Peart, and Phil…

Modern Drummer
Oct 31, 2017

Queens of the Stone Age’s Jon Theodore

It’s been four years since the esteemed ex–Mars Volta drummer began playing in QotSA. Now we’ve been gifted with the multifarious Villains, and at long last we get to hear what he sounds like on a full-length record with the…

Story by David Ciauro | Photos by Andreas Neumann
Oct 31, 2017

Roy Mayorga With Stone Sour

With the hot new album Hydrograd in hand and health issues put well behind him, the drummer is amped to be back on the road for Stone Sour’s headlining tour.

by Kim Kicks
Oct 31, 2017

Fill Displacements

Deepen Your Vocabulary

by Dave DiCenso
Oct 31, 2017

Peter Magadini’s Polyrhythmic Life

Given that rhythm is the playground of drummers, polyrhythms seem to have a particular resonance. The possibilities of two against three, three against four, and beyond are continually explored in jazz, rock, and other styles. For many a drummer across…

by Martin Patmos
Oct 31, 2017

Jon Theodore Style and Analysis

From his days playing mind-melting Mars Volta compositions to his current gig with the rock giants Queens of the Stone Age, Jon Theodore has inspired drummers with powerful grooves, explosive fills, and rock-solid time. His ability to craft the perfect parts…

by Austin Burcham
Oct 31, 2017

Neo-Prog, American Style

The Oakland-based Once and Future Band doesn’t shy away from the influence of progressive rock’s legendary forefathers throughout its self-titled debut, with a heavy emphasis on sunny harmonies and ELO/Yes-inflected song structures. Drummer RAJ OJHA navigates the ever-shifting arrangements with…

by Ilya Stemkovsky
Oct 31, 2017
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Drum Design Knowledge, Part 2: Shell Types and Thicknesses

Last month we discussed hoops. This time we’re discussing the thickness of the shell and what you can expect sonically from the various designs. Drum shells have been made in different thicknesses over the years, from a single half-inch piece…

by Russ Miller
Oct 31, 2017

Matt Greiner on August Burns Red’s Phantom Anthem

Pinpoint precision, burning chops, and odd time signatures abound on the veteran metalcore group’s latest offering.

Article by Willie Rose | Photo by Ray Duker
Oct 31, 2017

Paiste - 900 Series Cymbals

Hand-hammered 2002 bronze with a special dark finish for a slightly warmer tone.

by Michael Dawson
Oct 31, 2017

The Psychedelic Furs’ Paul Garisto

Paul Garisto  joined the iconic post-punk band the Psychedelic Furs in late 1983 and remained with them until early 1988. After that initial run with the band, he toured and recorded the album Instinct with Iggy Pop, contributed to albums…

by Chris Boyle
Oct 31, 2017

Black Swamp - Dynamicx Sterling, Live!, and BackBeat Snares

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by Michael Dawson
Oct 31, 2017

Dressing Up Your Fills

Fresh Ideas to Kick Off the Band

by Powell Randolph
Oct 31, 2017

Sonor Swinger

When the indie rock group Faux in Love went into the Guilford Sound studio in Guilford, Vermont, to record its latest record, drummer Bruce Black decided to bring this vintage, late-1960s Sonor Swinger setup. According to Black, and confirmed to…

Modern Drummer
Oct 31, 2017
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New Gear from Tama, Ahead, Remo and Wuhan!

Tama Lars Ulrich Worldwired Starclassic Drumkit As part of the Starclassic series, this six-piece limited-edition replica kit features 8-ply/7mm maple bass drums and 6-ply/5mm maple toms. This pro-level instrument has the same purple finish as the kit Lars uses on…

Modern Drummer
Oct 31, 2017

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