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June 2023 – Volume 47 • Number 6

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Articles in June 2023

On the Cover

The Groove of Sarah Jones

For Sarah Jones, playing drums and grooving is a lifelong commitment. Her most recent gig has her rubbing shoulders with music royalty — whether it’s working out vocal parts with Stevie Nicks for a special version of “The Chain,” grooving…

By Mark Griffith
May 31, 2023
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Master Studies Eighth Notes with Flams

Last month we learned about an often-ignored sound of drumming called Flat Flams. This month we will continue with a study of playing (the more common) Flams. Both sounds are useful on both the snare drum and drumset and are…

By Joe Morello
May 31, 2023
New and Notable

beyerdynamic Reimagines its Classic M Series Microphones

beyerdynamic - the preferred audio brand for live music and studio professionals globally - is unveiling a redesign of its storied M Series mics at NAMM 2023. The iconic M Series, which has recorded Jimi Hendrix’s explosive guitar riffs and…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2023
EYE CANDY

Rufus “Speedy” Jones’ Slingerland White Marine Pearl double bass kit

Rufus “Speedy” Jones earned his nickname while playing for the big bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Rufus was never an overly subtle player; he could always be counted on to light a fire under other players. Rufus used…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2023
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Features

Clem Burke: Drummer, Band Member, Session Man, Medical Researcher

Finding a drummer that has led several cool bands and recorded several high-quality rock records with those bands might not be that hard. Finding a drummer that has done dozens of sessions with people like Pete Townsend, Iggy Pop, Nancy…

By Mark Griffith
May 31, 2023
Departments

OUT NOW! New Recordings in the June 2023 Issue

Modern Drummer is spotlighting certain new recordings that have the drums at the center of their sound. These recordings might be drummer-led, or just include a high-quality, special, or unique drumming and musical performance from the drummer and/or musicians in…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2023
Collector's Corner

Steve Smith’s 1980 Sonor Phonic Kit

In early 1980 Journey was preparing to hit the road to support their album Departure which included the hit single “Any Way You Want It.” By that time, the band was a headline act playing arenas across North America and…

By Donn Bennett
May 31, 2023
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Tone Wings Add Some Focus to Your Drum Tone

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first saw Tone Wings by Liquid Sound technologies. It’s not your every-day drum product. At first glance, you might think they fell off a piece of expensive furniture. However, garnering my…

By Jason Mehler
May 31, 2023
Teacher's Forum

Understanding the Language of Music Key Signatures and Scales

Modern Drummer founder Ron Spagnardi wrote a very educational book called Understanding the Language of Music, a Drummer’s Guide to Theory and Harmony. This book presents the basics of theory and harmony in a very organized and easy to understand…

By Ron Spagnardi
May 31, 2023
JAZZ INSIGHTS

Knowing When to Say Goodbye

A life-long commitment to any job or ideal is noble. But sometimes it’s just time to pack up your things, say “thanks, bye,” and hit the road. While folding the cards and getting up from the table might seem like…

By Peter Erskine
May 31, 2023
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Evans Hybrid Sensory Percussion Sound System An Open Canvas for Sonic Expression

As a product that began as a successful Kickstarter campaign by Sunhouse Technologies, Sensory Percussion™ has matured and evolved thanks to a partnership with EVANS drumheads. The joint venture has created the new EVANS Hybrid Sensory Percussion Sound System. This…

By Jason Mehler
May 31, 2023
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Kit of the Month

Taurus Lovely’s “Crown of Thorns” kit

Taurus Lovely is the touring drummer for the Tina Turner Broadway show entitled Tina. For Modern Drummer’s Kit of the Month, Taurus has brought us his Treehouse custom “Crown of Thorns” drum kit. It is an all-Maple shell kit with…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2023
Basics

Stop Skipping Steps!

Many people never realize their life through rhythm by unknowingly skipping steps. I get it, this is how I started too! I was eager to get right to bashing out the joyful roar I was hearing from my drumming heroes.…

By Chris Lesso
May 31, 2023
New and Notable

Latin Percussion Launch Panderos De Plena Folkloric Puerto Rican Drums

Latin Percussion is pleased to present its new Panderos De Plena, a collection of handheld drums to honor the rhythmic heritage and culture Puerto Rico. This further expands the brands extensive range of professional world and ethnic percussion instruments. Latin…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2023
Rock 'n' Jazz Clinic

The Bass Drum Owners Manual: The Leg Stroke

This month Modern Drummer will continue to include excerpts from Michael Packer’s essential book on bass drum control and technique The Bass Drum Owners Manual: Applying the Moeller Technique to the Bass Drum. As you will see, this is a…

By Michael Packer
May 31, 2023
A DIFFERENT VIEW

Christian McBride

We all know the old saying, “Drummers don’t hire drummers, other musicians hire drummers.” So it makes sense to listen to other musician’s opinions of drummers. It doesn’t take much to get bassist Christian McBride to discuss drummers. As a…

By Mark Griffith
May 31, 2023
Rock Perspectives

The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming Feet Only

In the new and revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming, Bobby includes nine new double bass drumming chapters. The new and expanded edition covers contemporary techniques such as bass drum double strokes, feet-only exercises, binary and ternary…

By Bobby Rondinelli and Michael Lauren
May 31, 2023
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Outlaw Drums Sound Control Technology Snare A Clean Sounding, Extremely Stable, Stave Constructed Snare Drum

Outlaw Drums are known as high quality stave construction drums that are built from centuries-old wood. They ooze with history. For anyone who owns one of these drums, they know how great they sound. Yet, in some circumstances and environments,…

By Brian Hill
May 31, 2023
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