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February 2018 Issue – Volume 42 • Number 2

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Articles in February 2018

Features

Matt Wilson - The Ambassador of Unvention

An experienced pursuer of the unfamiliar, and a compassionate leader who’s unafraid to unleash, the eternally curious drummer carves a unique way along his journey of musical discovery—all the while bringing as many of us along as he can. During…

Story by Willie Rose | Photos by John Abbott
Dec 28, 2017
Critique

Led Zeppelin book, Carl Palmer DVD, Peter Erskine, Todd Sucherman, and more!

MULTIMEDIA Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs by Martin Popoff This survey of the legendary rock band’s studio albums falls short of getting to the heart of drummer John Bonham’s gifts, so let’s take the opportunity to paint…

Modern Drummer
Dec 28, 2017
Departments

Elizabeth Goodfellow With Iron & Wine

The drummer, percussionist, and vocalist invigorates a seasoned indie artist’s new album and extensive back catalog.

by Willie Rose
Dec 28, 2017
Basics

The Fundamentals of 3/4 Rock

Where to Play the Backbeat

by Joel Rothman
Dec 28, 2017
Features

Sonny Emory

On the advantage of formal study. Formal study is paramount for any drummer who’s looking to be versatile enough to sustain a career. Unless you happen to be lucky enough to be in a band that’s already successful. But being…

Interview by Bob Girouard | Photo by Petra Turk
Dec 28, 2017
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Equipment

Hendrix - Perfect Ply Series Drumset

A warmer and rounder-sounding 4-ply counterpart to the company’s hi-fi, snappy stave setups.

by Michael Dawson
Dec 28, 2017
An Editor's Overview

Around and Around We Go

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already turned the corner toward another year, and Modern Drummer is celebrating forty-two years of publishing in 2018. While that pales in comparison to the 4.54 billion times this rock we live on has…

by Michael Dawson
Dec 28, 2017
Departments

James Cassells on Asking Alexandria’s Asking Alexandria

A little more than a year after reuniting with original lead singer Danny Worsnop, the genre-straddling heavy rock group Asking Alexandria released its fifth studio album this past December 15. Partly inspired by the reunion with Worsnop, the rested and…

by Ben Meyer
Dec 28, 2017
Education

Moeller Through the Chapin Lens

Examining Upstroke and Downstroke Mechanics

by Claus Hessler
Dec 28, 2017
Equipment

The George Way Drum Company

The Iconic Man and the Rebirth of His Legacy Brand

by Bob Campbell
Dec 28, 2017
Departments

Can Feel Be Taught, or Is It a Gift?

Can Feel Be Taught, or Is It a Gift? Unlike certain aspects of drumming, suchas timing, technique, and dynamics, developing a drummer’s sense of groove or feel can be somewhat of an ambiguous task. Even more obscuring is the debate…

Modern Drummer
Dec 28, 2017
Concepts

Understanding and Utilizing Fear

Tips for Turning Anxiety Into Achievement

by Mark Schulman
Dec 28, 2017
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Education

Exploring Five-Over-Three

Mastering a Difficult Grouping, Step by Step

by Aaron Edgar
Dec 28, 2017
Education

Two-Limb Patterns

Grooving Over Linear Ostinatos

by Joel Popelsky
Dec 28, 2017
Features

Italian Vintage Drums and Cymbals

Vintage drum expert Luca Luciano’s book is a fascinating introduction to some of the most unusual drums you’ll likely never see.

by Adam Budofsky
Dec 28, 2017
Features

JD McPherson’s Jason Smay

He might’ve had his sights set on a different musical path, but the skills he honed sure come in handy today, driving the tunes of one of the coolest roots rockers on the scene.

Story by Patrick Berkery | Photos by Rick Malkin
Dec 28, 2017
Features

Booker Stardrum

The drummer, who grew up in a household steeped in top-level twentieth-century classical music performance, has built up an impressive résumé featuring some of the most compelling experimental pop and rock groups of the past decade. He’s also released an…

Story by Adam Budofsky | Photos by Alex Solca
Dec 28, 2017
Departments

Tailor-Made Top Hat

Chuck Riebling of Ellicott City, Maryland, started putting this kit together in 2004 after purchasing four blank maple Keller shells. He then brought the drums—a 10-ply 7x13 snare, 6-ply 8x12 and 14x14 toms, and a 10-ply 14x20 bass drum—to vintage…

Modern Drummer
Dec 28, 2017
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