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March 2024 – Volume 48 • Number 03

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Articles in March 2024

Features

Andy Gander - Rhythmic Doctor from Down Under

In North America, unfortunately we rarely think about the tradition of drumming from other countries. Some of us have studied the evolution of English drumming. And if we have really dug deep maybe we have started to investigate the traditions…

Daniel Bedard
Mar 1, 2024
Rock 'n' Jazz Clinic

The Bass Drum Owners Manual: Hand and Foot Etudes #1 and #2

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…

Michael Packer
Mar 1, 2024
Product Close-Up

Xvive PX Personal Mixing System

For drummers who use in-ear monitors, it can be challenging to get the right mix of instruments, click track and backing tracks in your ears. It’s nice when you can control the mix right from your seat. Traditionally, this involves…

Jason Mehler
Mar 1, 2024
Out Now

Out Now - March 2024

Modern Drummer enjoys spotlighting 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 performances from the drummer and/or musicians in the…

Modern Drummer
Mar 1, 2024
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Teacher's Forum

Duet 5

Ron Spagnardi wrote a terrific book called Snare Drum Duets: 25 Duets for Two Snare Drummers. It offers a selection of 25 challenging duets that range in difficulty from relatively simple to more complex. A wide assortment of time signatures…

Ron Spagnardi
Mar 1, 2024
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Scorpion Percussion Immortal Series Drumsticks - A Venomous Mix of Style and Functionality

Though the company has been around since 2008, Scorpion Percussion has really made waves in the past few years. Maybe it’s the cool factor. The drumsticks with the green grip and the menacing scorpion logo keep popping up on-stage with…

Jason Mehler
Mar 1, 2024
Collector's Corner

1928 Ludwig “Ludwigold” The “Rajah-Supreme” Trap Set

Drum finishes are an interesting part of drum history. In 1926, Ludwig introduced a textured gold sparkle painted finish called “Stipelgold.” This was quickly replaced in 1927 with the “New Ludwigold Iridescent Display Finish.” In 1927, the Ludwig drum company…

Tim Northup
Mar 1, 2024
Features

Michal Miskiewicz - Playing ECM’s Air with Feeling

Jazz is a truly American artform, as is jazz drumming. However, that doesn’t mean that this important resource hasn’t been exported to the rest of the world. Poland was an importer of American jazz in the 1950s and 60s. But…

Mark Griffith
Mar 1, 2024
Transcriptions

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” - Transcription by Marc Atkinson

This month’s transcription dives into the opening track from the iconic Nirvana album Nevermind, spotlighting the incredible drumming of Dave Grohl. It’s a masterclass on how to drive a band. Once the drums kick in the energy is relentless with…

Marc Atkinson
Mar 1, 2024
New and Notable

New And Notable March 2024

Pearl’s Midtown Series All-In-One Drum Set With Giggable Hardware. At home on the street and stage, Pearl’s ultra-portable Midtown Kit has become a vital tool for the gigging drummer on the move. Pearl offers Midtown as a complete drum set…

Modern Drummer
Mar 1, 2024
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Triplets with Flams

These exercises should be played as written, on a snare drum or practice pad, without accenting the flams. After playing these at a medium dynamic, practice them at various dynamic levels, from very soft to very loud. You should also…

Joe Morello
Mar 1, 2024
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Features

Mikkey Dee - Playing Heavy Music on the Drums

From 1985 through 1989 drummer Mikkey Dee created a modern style of progressive hard rock drumming with the band King Diamond. The recordings and the drumming on Abigail and Conspiracy laid the groundwork for many of today’s most extreme metal…

Mark Griffith
Mar 1, 2024
JAZZ INSIGHTS

As Time Goes By

“The fundamental things apply, As time goes by …” So goes the song written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931, made famous by its appearance in the classic film, Casabalanca. The man who composed the score for that film and others…

Peter Erskine
Mar 1, 2024
Basics

To Master Your Craft, Go Outside of It

I have many favorite “drummers” that aren’t drummers at all: Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Eddie Van Halen, and Bruce Lee. These non-drummers have just as much impact on my expression as the great drummers. Sticking within your field, can make…

Chris Lesso
Mar 1, 2024
EYE CANDY

Carlos Palmet’s Pitbull Trilogy Tour Set

DRUMS: Mapex Saturn Evolution Hybrid in Gun Metal Grey Lacquer with Black Brushed Hardware: 16x22 Maple/Walnut Hybrid Bass Drum, 7x10 and 8x12 Birch/Walnut Hybrid Rack Toms, 16x16 Floor Tom, 16x18 EVO Kick/Floor Tom Hybrid by Mark Bennet (Maple/Walnut), 16x18 Gong…

Jason Mehler
Mar 1, 2024
Kit of the Month

Bryan’s Fibes Homage

This month’s Kit of the Month comes from Cleveland, Ohio’s Bryan Beyer. The kit is a Fibes clear Crystalite setup that he uses in his Pink Floyd tribute band called Dark Side of the Moon. The kit shown consists of…

Modern Drummer
Mar 1, 2024
Features

Dirty Honey’s Jaydon Bean - Can’t Find the Brakes

Dirty Honey is going full speed ahead, keeping the rock and roll flame burning and breaking the rules. Their song “When I’m Gone” was the first single by an unsigned band to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock…

Mark Griffith
Mar 1, 2024
Rock Perspectives

The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming - Eighth Note Triplets

This article of double bass drumming with eighth note triplets comes from the original book Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming, which is also included in the new and revised edition. Triplets are a challenging aspect of double bass drumming due…

Bobby Rondinelli
Mar 1, 2024

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