May 1984 – Volume 8 • Number 5


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Articles in May 1984

Chris Frantz — Talking tom-toms

Mr. Frantz had good reason to be feeling positive as we sat down to talk in the lounge of San Francisco's Miyako Hotel. Talking Heads, armed with a new record titled Speaking In Tongues, had just broken West Coast attendance…

by Robin Tolleson
Jun 19, 2018

Percussion Colors, Part 2

Last time we discussed how the use of hand-percussion instruments can add color and spice to the music you create. We outlined a few of the items that make up the percussionist's "pallet," including cowbell, tambourine, and the afuche. This…

by David A. Mason
Jun 19, 2018

Quiet Riot's Frankie Banali

For starters, Frankie Banali looks like a heavy metal rock drummer. His long, shaggy and curly black hair coupled with a face of innocence turned sour seems just right for one who pounds the beat for an outfit such as…

by Robert Santelli
Jun 19, 2018

Expanding the Paradiddle – Part 3

As was stated in Part 2, this article will examine ways to obtain polyrhythmic patterns by using paradiddles. These exercises should be practiced with a metronome until a natural feel for the rhythms is achieved. Again, keep the muscles relaxed…

by Chuck Kerrigan
Jun 19, 2018

Keith Copeland

After meeting and interviewing Keith Copeland, there's one word that seems to represent his overall approach to drums: tradition. My dictionary has three definitions for that word. Two of them apply here: "The passing down of a culture from generation…

by Scott K. Fish
Jun 19, 2018

Tuning And Muffling

In order to tune or tension your drums for the best possible sound, start out with no muffling. The exception to this rule would be the bass drum where virtually all drummers use some muffling to achieve either a low,…

by Roy Burns
Jun 19, 2018

Pheeroan Ak Laff — groovin free

In America, the 1960s were a time when the jazz age made a sincere, although tentative, attempt to establish relations with the up-and-coming members of the R&B and rock generations. Evolutionary pressures in jazz made it seem as if the…

by Chip Stern
Jun 19, 2018