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June 2017 Issue – Volume 41 • Number 6

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Articles in June 2017

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

Anika Nilles

Welcome to the New Age

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

Dr. Dog's Eric Slick goes solo, Josh Eppard tours with Coheed and Cambria, and more

Out Now Eric Slick on PalisadesOn April 21, Eric Slick, the drummer for the ’60s-influenced indie-rock band Dr. Dog, released his debut solo album, Palisades. Although he also recruited drummer Ricardo Lagomasino to contribute, Slick plays the majority of the…

Various Authors
Apr 26, 2017

Split Hybrid

Kit of the Month Split Hybrid This hybrid electronic/acoustic drumset comes to us from the New York City–based drummer Howard Alper, who explains that the ability to combine traditional acoustic drums with loops and samples enables unique solo performances on…

Modern Drummer
Apr 26, 2017

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
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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

Hi-Hat Splashes - Spicing Up Your Backbeats

https://vimeo.com/214561697 Basics Hi-Hat Splashes Spicing Up Your Backbeats by Rich Redmond The hi-hat foot splash is an under-used voice, especially among younger players. Performing the splash requires getting the ball of the foot and much of the leg involved in…

Rich Redmond
Apr 26, 2017

Chicago II

Dapper Dan - Seraphine as he appeared in the pull-out poster included in Chicago II Encore Chicago II by Patrick Berkery “If you think Chicago is your mom’s band, then, man, I want to party with your mom!” So said…

Patrick Berkery
Apr 26, 2017

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

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

Reasons to Love: Roger Hawkins

Photo by Deborah Feingold Reasons to Love: Roger Hawkins by Jeff Potter Speaking matter-of-factly but with a hint of reflective wonderment, Roger Hawkins chuckles, “We just kind of made it up as we went along.” Specifically, the ace session drummer…

Jeff Potter
Apr 26, 2017

Groove Construction - Part 13: Left-Handed Split Grooves

https://vimeo.com/214560953 Rock 'N' Jazz Clinic Groove Construction Part 13: Left-Handed Split Grooves by Jost Nickel In this workshop we’re expanding a groove concept that I introduced in the January 2017 issue, in which we split the right hand between two…

Jost Nickel
Apr 26, 2017
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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

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

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

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

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

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

Vic Firth - Modern Jazz Collection

https://vimeo.com/210265794 Product Close-Up Vic Firth Modern Jazz Collection A quintet of versatile sticks beta-tested by some of today’s top improvising artists. Since its inception, Vic Firth has relied on input and feedback from its endorsing artists when considering adding new…

Michael Dawson
Apr 26, 2017
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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

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