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February 2023 – Volume 47 • Number 2

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Articles in February 2023

Jerry Shirley’s Humble Pie Ludwig Roses Set

You never know what you’ll find on Craigslist. What initially looked like the crappiest set of drums I’ve ever seen, turned out to be one of the greatest and most iconic rock and roll drum sets of our time with…

By Donn Bennett
Jan 31, 2023

Brann Dailor: Mastodon’s Modern Metal Master

Brann Dailor is an interesting drummer. He was brought up around musicians, and it wasn’t a question of if he was going to play music. It was a question of what instrument would he choose to play? His interest was…

By Mark Griffith
Jan 31, 2023

GEWA G3 Studio Electronic Drum Kit

German musical instrument manufacturer GEWA was founded in 1925 in a region known for its rich musical history. In 2020, GEWA began developing digital drums as part of their drum division. The subject of this month’s product closeup is the…

By Jason Mehler
Jan 31, 2023

Exercises for the Development of Control and Technique

This month we continue to feature the wonderful exercises from Joe Morello’s book Master Studies. While some teachers talk about speed and chops, Joe Morello focused on control and technique. Proper technique and controlling your hands, movements, and the sticks…

By Joe Morello
Jan 31, 2023
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TAMA ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW STAGESTAR SERIES KITS

New for 2023, TAMA has announced the release of their new, super-affordable STAGESTAR drum kits. STAGESTAR provides a full sounding drum set with durable hardware and functional cymbals. 100% Poplar 6ply 7mm shells produce full, dynamic tones for each drum.…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2023

AJ’s Swampy Outlaw Kit

The most recent Kit of the Month comes to Modern Drummer from AJ Newton, who is the drummer for Nautical Rock Band Rusty Shipp based out of Nashville, TN. Michael explains, “Back in 2019 Michael Outlaw of Outlaw Drums built…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2023

Double Bass Drumming Accented Rolls and Accented Patterns with Triplets

As we continue to include sections from Joe Franco’s book Double Bass Drumming, this month Joe teaches us about playing accented rolls and accent patterns over a double bass drum roll that uses his Single Stroke System. This is a…

By Joe Franco
Jan 31, 2023

Persistence

As I read this month’s Modern Drummer, I see a common theme, persistence. Unfortunately, as I look around the musical world (and the world in general,) I see less and less of it. There seems to be a lot of…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2023

Pat Petrillo’s drum solo on “Runnin”

This month’s transcription is Pat Petrillo’s solo on the song “Runnin’” from his recording Pat Petrillo: The Big Rhythm Band, The Power Station Sessions. He explains, “We do a cool version of Earth Wind and Fire’s “Runnin’.” They were in…

Transcription by Terry Branam
Jan 31, 2023

Six- Against-Four Polyrhythm Exercises in African-American Funk

This month we continue with our excerpts from Jonathan Joseph’s book Exercises in African-American Funk: Mangambe, Biktusi, and the Shuffle. We began with last month’s exploration of the three-against-four polyrhythm, the next step in our exploration of African polyrhythms is…

By Jonathan Joseph and Steve Rucker
Jan 31, 2023

The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming Two Consecutive 16th Notes

Bobby Rondinelli and Michael Lauren wrote The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming. It takes a slightly different approach from our ongoing studies from the Joe Franco book on double bass drumming. Last month we began with some basics. This month’s…

By Bobby Rondinelli and Michael Lauren
Jan 31, 2023
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The Art & Challenge of Teaching

I am writing this on the last day of 2022, in preparation for my last semester of teaching full-time at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Why am I leaving such a coveted job? The…

By Peter Erskine
Jan 31, 2023

Phil Seamen: Percussion Genius, Legendary Rebel, and Born Raver By Peter Dawn

One day in late 2022, my phone rang, it was drum industry stalwart John DeChristopher telling me that fellow drum industry vet Colin Schofield was trying to get in touch with me. I emailed Colin only to learn about a…

Story by Mark Griffith
Jan 31, 2023

Pat Petrillo Groove Breakdowns

Pat Petrillo breaks down some important Roots Grooves that every drummer drummer know. EARL PALMER GROOVE: The great Earl Palmer is one of my favorite drummers. He influenced an entire generation of drummers from Ringo all the way up to…

By Pat Petrillo
Jan 31, 2023

The Four Practice Pockets #1 Release Your INTUITION

“Good practice is fluid and adaptable, it mirrors nature.” The IREC practice model (Modern Drummer Dec. ’22) is when we use the four practice pockets of Intuition, Reps, Edges, and Celebration to get more out of the time we have…

By Chris Lesso
Jan 31, 2023

Rogers 1960s Gold Louie Bellson and Sammy Davis Jr. Kit

This Rogers kit was originally owned and used by Louie Bellson in the 1960s. Noted drum historian and drum shop owner Steve Maxwell once owned the kit, and he provides the following description: the kit features two 14X24 bass drums,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2023

ROLAND INSTRUMENTS FOR FIRST TIME DRUMMERS, AND EXAMINING THE PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE EFFECTS OF DRUMMING

Roland TD-02 V-Drum Series The Roland TD-02K and TD-02KV V-Drums kits provide a premium musical experience for first-time drummers, practicing students, and adults looking to start playing drums again. The kits are based around the TD-02 module, which includes 16…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2023

Mark Kelso Expect the Unexpected

Mark Kelso is not your typical Canadian or your typical drummer. He doesn’t follow hockey, root for The Toronto Maple Leafs, live on poutine, or eat all of his meals at Tim Hortons. However, after getting over that initial shock,…

By Bob Girouard
Jan 31, 2023
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Pat Petrillo: Big Rhythm from Jersey

Pat Petrillo is the quintessential hard working professional musician. He is both a “drummer’s drummer,” and to some, an unsung hero. Pat has earned the respect of his peers and has built a great reputation in the drum industry. He…

By Mark Griffith
Jan 31, 2023

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