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January 2016 Issue – Volume 40 • Number 1

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Articles in January 2016

Education

Triplet Fill Concepts Part 2: More Three-Over-Four Fills

  by John Xepoleas Welcome to the second lesson in our series on jazz-style triplet fills. This month we’ll continue with the three-over-four triplet concept. For this version of the fill, you’ll play the first three notes of the phrase…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
Catching Up With

Catching Up With...Zach Danziger

Throughout the arts there are the trailblazers who establish the paths that others follow. Beginning in the mid-’90s, Zach Danziger began exploring and building what he calls his “hybrid electronic drumkit.” Many drummers have augmented acoustic drums with electronics, but…

Modern Drummer
Nov 6, 2015
Features

40 Years of Innovation - A look at Drum Gear Then...and Now

Drums are as old as history, and possibly older—there’s probably a cave drawing somewhere depicting a guy happily jamming away. Cymbals, too, are so ancient that they figure prominently in the Old Testament. The drumset, on the other hand, was…

Modern Drummer
Nov 6, 2015
Features

Modern Drummer: The First Decade

In the mid-’70s, a relatively unknown drummer named Ron Spagnardi had a big idea: to create the first independent magazine for and about drummers. He had no funds to speak of, and even less experience in publishing. He did, however,…

Modern Drummer
Nov 6, 2015
Collector's Corner

Eddie Knight: A Living Legend of Leedy Lore

Eddie Knight with his ’30s Broadway Standard in rainbow pearl finish by Harry Cangney When I walked into the South Bend, Indiana, drum studio of veteran drummer/teacher/collector Eddie Knight, I picked up more sensory input than I could process. On the…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
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Concepts

Endorsements Part 2: Are You Really Ready?

Photo by Miguel Monroy by Russ Miller Last month we started our discussion of product endorsements with the equipment manufacturers. I encourage you to read through that article again to familiarize yourself with some of the terms we’re using this…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
Features

Neil Peart

For his (record) ninth MD cover-story interview, Rush’s drummer holds a typically fluid and intense discussion of soloing and set lists, the very real differences between his drumming past and present, and the much-speculated topic of his band’s future. Interview…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
Education

How to Practice: Get the Most Out of Whatever Time You Have

by Gary Williams Enthusiasm is your fuel to improve your drumming. You probably spend time working on grooves and fills, playing along to recordings, searching YouTube for videos, attending concerts, practicing from method books, and jamming with other musicians. These…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
Equipment

Tycoon - Triple Play Cajon

Tycoon Triple-Play Cajon Three distinct playing surfaces for ultimate tonal variety. For thirty-plus years, Tycoon has been manufacturing top-quality hand percussion instruments at its own factory in Thailand. The company’s expansive catalog includes authentic representations of Latin American congas, bongos,…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
Catching Up With

Catching Up With...Travis Orbin

The greatest session drummers of yesteryear would dart from one legendary L.A. or New York studio to the next, where they’d crank out smash hits that the world would be singing along to a few short weeks later. Today’s busiest…

Modern Drummer
Nov 6, 2015
Critique

Critique

Frank Zappa Roxy: The Movie Fans of Zappa and the Mothers’ seminal double-drum-powered live album Roxy & Elsewhere, rejoice! Recorded over three nights in December 1973, Roxy: The Movie is the visual companion to the classic live Frank Zappa album…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
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Equipment

New and Notable

Zildjian Premium Cymbal Bags and Cases The Zildjian 24" rolling cymbal vault, which features a molded polyethylene shell that holds five to ten cymbals, provides protection and durability. For lightweight yet sturdy transport, the 22" and 24" premium cymbal bags…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
Kit of the Month

Kit of the Month

"I am always experimenting with objects of all kinds to create new sounds, colors, and textures,” Brian Melick of Ravena, New York, says. “With my son at a Lego BrickFair in Virginia, I watched two children and their parents build a…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
Equipment

Yamaha - Stage Custom Birth Hybrid Kit

Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Hybrid Kit An all-in-one setup for blending acoustic and electronic elements. by Michael Dawson Being that it manufactures acoustic drums, electronic pads, sound modules, drum triggers, and a full range of hardware, Yamaha is in a…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
Education

Progressive Drumming Essentials

  Part 6: Syncopated Double Bass...the Easy Way by Aaron Edgar When I began working on double bass, I was inspired by drummers like Gene Hoglan, Raymond Herrera, and Thomas Lang, all of whom seemed to have a never-ending supply…

Modern Drummer
Nov 19, 2015
Education

World Groove Independence Mash-Up

  Improving Facility With Afro-Cuban Inspiration by Mike Johnston When I began writing my latest book, Groove Freedom, the goal was to gain flexibility both within my students’ grooves and my own. As I practiced the book’s systems, I realized…

Modern Drummer
Nov 18, 2015
Departments

News

Out Now   Converge Thousands of Miles Between Us Metalcore pioneer Converge is dropping the multi-format audio/video release Thousands of Miles Between Us, the centerpiece of which is a full twenty-song show filmed in HD on the All We Love…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
Equipment

The War on Drugs’ Charlie Hall

The War on Drugs hit the ground running after Lost in the Dream was released in March 2014, and never slowed down in 2015. MD caught up with drummer Charlie Hall while the band was performing in Miami. “On this…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2015
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