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Articles in June 2017

Education

Playing Melodically - Part 1: “Billie’s Bounce”

https://vimeo.com/214234350 Jazz Drummer's Workshop Playing Melodically Part 1: “Billie’s Bounce” by Peter Erskine In this new series I hope to present my thoughts and pass along some experience and insights on playing jazz. Many of the upcoming topics will be…

Peter Erskine
Apr 26, 2017
Equipment

Zildjian - K Custom Special Dry Series

Product Close-Up Zildjian K Custom Special Dry Series The orginal dark, dry cymbals return with an expanded palette. Zildjian originally released a limited range of Special Dry series cymbals in 2003, and many drummers flocked to them for their unique…

Michael Dawson
Apr 26, 2017
A Different View

Russ Titelman

Photo by Matty Amendola Features Russ Titelman The man at the helm of classic tracks like Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” and Randy Newman’s “Rednecks,” and Eric Clapton’s Unplugged and Journeyman albums, takes us inside the making of a hit. by…

Billy Amendola
Apr 26, 2017
Departments

Stanton Moore Drum Academy

Inside Methods Stanton Moore Drum Academy by Stephen Bidwell New Orleans groove juggernaut Stanton Moore has been one busy timekeeper, working seemingly nonstop since his main project, Galactic, took off around twenty years ago. Moore is involved in myriad projects,…

Stephen Bidwell
Apr 26, 2017
Features

Anika Nilles

Welcome to the New Age

Story by Michael Dawson | Photos by Alex Solca
Apr 26, 2017
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Features

Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer

Features Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer Story by Bob Girouard Photos by Craig Clingan Listen to Don Brewer’s powerful drumming on FM staples like “I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home” and “Footstompin’ Music.” Now zero in on his he-man vocals on…

Bob Girouard
Apr 26, 2017
An Editor's Overview

MD Archive Online

An Editor's Overview MD Archive Online Hello, longtime subscribers, casual readers, and newcomers to the MD family! We are super-excited to announce that—for the first time in our forty-plus-year history—every single issue of Modern Drummer is now available for viewing…

Michael Dawson
Apr 26, 2017
Education

Septuplet Permutations - Diving Deep Into an Odd Subdivision

https://vimeo.com/214568749 Rock Perspectives Septuplet Permutations Diving Deep Into an Odd Subdivision by Aaron Edgar I find that the best way to become proficient with a new subdivision is to isolate each partial within the grouping and then combine the partial…

Aaron Edgar
Apr 26, 2017
Concepts

Hone Your Human GPS - Setting Goals, Defining Problems, and Devising Solutions

Concepts Hone Your Human GPS Setting Goals, Defining Problems, and Devising Solutions by Mark Schulman I’ve researched how people define GPS as it relates to the human condition, and I think best-selling author Jim Samuels’ philosophy is the simplest and…

Mark Schulman
Apr 26, 2017
Departments

Hybrid Setups: Pros? Cons?

Readers' Platform Hybrid Setups: Pros? Cons? In recent years, electronic/acoustic hybrid setups have seen a relatively rapid rise in popularity. And it’s easy to see why, considering the dominance of produced sounds and tones in modern popular music and the…

Readers' Responses
Apr 26, 2017
Equipment

Nord Drum - 3P Multipad

Product Close-Up Nord 3P Multipad A powerful percussion-modeling synthesizer with nearly limitless sonic potential. These days, Swedish company Nord is most known for its distinctive red-colored keyboards. But the company’s founders, Hans Nordelius and Mikael Carlsson, originally collaborated in 1983…

Michael Dawson
Apr 26, 2017
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Equipment

Brass Ball Drums - Stave-Shell Snares

Product Close-Up Brass Ball Drums Stave-Shell Snares Innovative snares with a concave contour. Every so often, established drum shell designs are revisited for different reasons—to achieve increased resonance, to offer distinctive appearances, or to incorporate unconventional materials for construction. From…

Stephen Bidwell
Apr 26, 2017
Equipment

Medeski, Martin and Wood’s Billy Martin

Gearing Up Medeski, Martin and Wood’s Billy Martin Interview by Dave Previ Photos by Paul LaRaia We recently visited MMW co-founder Billy Martin at his home studio, which is a custom-built shed on the drummer’s New Jersey property that he…

Dave Previ
Apr 26, 2017
Backbeats

The 2016 Guitar Center Drum-Off Grand Finals

Backbeats The 2016 Guitar Center Drum-Off Grand Finals Story by John Martinez Photos by Alex Solca This past January 14, Guitar Center held its twenty- eighth-annual Drum-Off Grand Finals, at the Novo club in downtown Los Angeles. Over the course…

John Martinez
Apr 26, 2017
Education

1,000 Ways to Practice a Single Page - Part 4: Orchestrated Flams on the Drumset

https://vimeo.com/214572182 Strictly Technique 1,000 Ways to Practice a Single Page Part 4: Orchestrated Flams on the Drumset by Libor Hadrava Last month we learned how to interpret a single page of rhythms using flams. In this lesson we’ll apply this…

Libor Hadrava
Apr 26, 2017
Features

Rival Sons' Michael Miley

In the school of hard rock, the members of RIVAL SONS are at the top of their class. But even after logging thousands of miles opening for legends like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, they know that the journey never…

Ken Micallef
Apr 26, 2017
Critique

Marcus Baylor takes the reins, Bowie memoir, and more

Critique Recordings The Baylor Project The JourneyA former Yellowjacket and his creative/life partner drop a funky and finely detailed collection that isn’t shy to show a little tenderness or to head down lots of creative avenues. As the album-opening “Block…

Various Authors
Apr 26, 2017
Features

Poison’s Rikki Rockett

Features Poison’s Rikki Rockett Story by Patrick Berkery Photos by Alex Solca In July of 2015, Rikki Rockett, the happy-go-lucky drummer for one of the most notorious bands to emerge from the Sunset Strip in the ’80s, was diagnosed with…

Patrick Berkery
Apr 26, 2017
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