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June 2021 – Volume 45 • Number 6

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Articles in June 2021

YOYOKA

How An 11-Year-Old Drummed Her Way to International Stardom Warning: Do not pit your productivity and public standing against that of 11-year-old YOYOKA, because unless you happen to be Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson all rolled into one…

By Michael Molenda
Jun 18, 2021

Syncopated Fills

This month, we’ll explore another type of drum fill—one that incorporates syncopation. Syncopation is displacing the regular metric accent and emphasizing the weak beat. In this context, that means resting on the downbeat. With one or more of the strong…

By Dawn Richardson
Jun 18, 2021

Roland – VAD306 Compact Electronic Drumset

This past year, Roland unveiled the new VAD (V-Drums Acoustic Design) series. These innovative drums provide a familiar acoustic drumset look and playing experience, but with all the technological advantages of their electronic mod-ules, mesh pads, and rubber cymbals. We…

By Michael Dawson
Jun 18, 2021

Balancing Grunt Work and Creativity

This is a follow up to the March 2021 article I did for MD entitled “Practice Like a Pro.” (You can find it at moderndrummer.com.) In that piece, I shared techniques that can be used to effectively learn songs. Muscle…

By Billy Ashbaugh
Jun 18, 2021

A Wealth of Options

Christian Morissette’s Rig is Ready for Any Style Christian Morissette is a psychologist in Quebec, Canada, who somehow finds the time to not only pursue his passion for drumming, but also to do session work, run a home studio, teach…

By Michael Molenda
Jun 18, 2021
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Terry Keating

Spreading the Gospel of Bonzo Terry Keating’s Bonzoleum channel has been a fixture on YouTube for the wide community of John Bonham devotees since 2008. Keating is prolific, with hundreds of videos ranging from play-throughs of songs, a wealth of…

By Clementine Moss
Jun 18, 2021

Sean J. Kennedy Salutes Ray Deeley

I studied drums and percussion with Ray Deeley while I was a high-school student back in the mid 1980s. Ironically, so did my wife, Heather, who went to a different high school about an hour away from where I lived.…

Modern Drummer
Jun 18, 2021

Experiential Healing and Drumming

Experiential healing is a therapeutic technique for consciously participating in our own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing processes. It is healing with awareness and purpose to unlock feelings, thoughts, and pain that may be keeping us in patterns of…

By Lauren Monroe
Jun 18, 2021

Hearts, Minds, and Eyeballs

Three Drummers Reveal Their Paths to Social Stardom It’s no secret that the new normal for developing a music career—or almost any business for that matter—is being discovered via an online video that goes viral. Of course, generating massive audience…

By Billy Amendola
Jun 18, 2021

Evelyn Glennie

The Rhythm of Resonance and Feel Dame Evelyn Glennie is a world-class musician, a master listener, and an extraordinary human who is perhaps the first person to make a life-long career strictly as a solo percussionist. You cannot categorize her…

By Dana Parker
Jun 18, 2021

The Power of Exciting an Audience

Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but Nandi Bushell is the youngest drummer ever to grace the cover of this magazine. (Honorable mention to 16-year-old Tony Royster Jr., who appeared on the January 2000 cover along with Dennis Chambers.)…

By Michael Molenda
Jun 18, 2021

John Densmore

Modern Drummer, December 1982 “On the Doors albums, I always went for the drums to have real personality. I always had the bottom heads off all of my drums, and I hated new skins and new drums. I liked to…

Modern Drummer
Jun 18, 2021
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Double-Bass Eighth Notes with Foot Two

Realistic Double Feet can be performed on a double-bass drum set or a regular drum set with foot one playing the bass drum and foot two playing the hi-hat. For this exercise, dive into the rhythmic concept first, and then…

By Carmine Appice Excerpted from Realistic Double Feet
Jun 18, 2021

Six-Way Independence

In my “Six-Way Independence” master class on Drum Channel, I wanted to give my students the opportunity to learn the way I learned, and how I came up with my concepts. I started thinking about all of the combinations I…

By Marco Minnemann, Presented by Drum Channel
Jun 18, 2021

Three-Against-Four Polyrhythm

These exercises will guide you through a fusion of African and American elements. On the American side, we have shuffle and shuffle-funk. On the African side, we have the rhythms from Cameroon known as mangambe and bikutsi. Playing these exercises…

By Jonathan Joseph and Steve Rucker Excerpted from Exercises in African-American Funk
Jun 18, 2021

The Frankie Banali Collection

In the early 2000s, I received a call regarding some Elvin Jones items I was selling. It was quickly apparent the person I was speaking to had studied Elvin’s playing intensely and had been deeply influenced by him. Our conversation…

By Donn Bennett
Jun 18, 2021

Marco Minnemann

Composition Takes Center Stage Germany’s Marco Minnemann exploded onto the drumming scene in the late 1990s with his extreme interdependence innovations and advanced technique that quickly earned him international super-drummer status. His fearless, dynamic, and entertaining approach to soloing includes…

By Mike Haid
Jun 18, 2021

Bobby Morris 1928 – 2021

When Bobby Morris first reached out to see if Hudson Music would be interested in publishing his autobiography, My Las Vegas, I had two concerns. First, “Do enough people in the Hudson Music audience know who he is?” And second,…

By Rob Wallis
Jun 18, 2021

Gruv Gear – VELOC Drum Transport

Gruv Gear is a lifestyle-accessories brand that provides musicians with thoughtful and innovative products that help keep things organized, efficient, and stylish. We reviewed the company’s stick and accessory bags in the November 2020 issue, and we were blown away…

By Michael Dawson
Jun 18, 2021
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Sandy Ficca

Igniting Firefall for 36 Years It’s a blisterin’, burnin’, and blazin’ hot day in the summer of 1970, and 18-year-old Sandy Ficca is more than a little nervous. In fact, he’s flat-out scared. Running one hand through his shoulder-length hair…

By Nelson Duffle
Jun 18, 2021

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