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Articles in May 2015

Catching Up With... Tyshawn Sorey

Catching Up With... Tyshawn Sorey The top-call jazzer’s output is a never-ending tribute to making the most of whatever materials are at hand. His latest solo collection continues the trend. by Kevin Micallef Performing at the New York City club…

Ken Micallef
Feb 23, 2017

GoPro - Hero3+ Black Edition Music Bundle (Video)

Product Close-Up GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition Music Bundle A near-perfect solution for capturing quality drum videos from any vantage point. We drummers have tried everything we can think of to record ourselves, whether in individual practice, in band rehearsal, or…

Nick Amoroso
Feb 23, 2017

Cymgard - Cymbal Accessories (Video)

Product Close-Up Cymgard Cymbal Accessories A dual-purpose product that provides ultimate edge protection and significant sound reduction. The drum industry has plenty of cymbal accessories, including mutes, bags, and fancy felts. So what’s next? Cymgard thinks it has the answer,…

Miguel Monroy
Feb 23, 2017

Castle - Tapered Snares (Video)

Product Close-Up Castle Tapered Snares Conical stave-shell drums for lively, diverse tones. Massachusetts-based craftsman David Cheney has developed a unique conical snare drum shell with function as its focus. The shell is created using solid wood staves and features a…

David Ciauro
Feb 23, 2017

Catching Up With... Nikki Glaspie

Catching Up With... Nikki Glaspie Just when you think that this groove merchant, who’s worked with Beyoncé and Dumpstaphunk, couldn’t possibly be any funkier, she takes her beats to the Nth Power. by Robin Tolleson “My music is totally across…

Robin Tolleson
Feb 23, 2017

Catching Up With... Tony Palermo

Catching Up With... Tony Palermo The members of Papa Roach had planned to focus on heaviness for their latest album. But it soon became clear that there was going to be more to the story of F.E.A.R. by Steven Douglas…

Steven Douglas Losey
Feb 23, 2017

10 Essential Drummer Autobiographies

10 Essential Drummer Autobiographies The most popular musician autobiographies tend to come from famous singers and guitar heroes. But drummers can tell a tale as well as anyone else. Here’s a ten-pack of proof. by Patrick Berkery Tony Allen An…

Patrick Berkery
Feb 23, 2017

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Encore Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti A high-flying double album featuring some of John Bonham’s most exciting drumming hits shelves again, with cleaned-up sound and a bunch of bonus workshop tracks. Pound for pound, Physical Graffiti is Led Zeppelin’s fattest album.…

Michael Parillo
Feb 23, 2017

Take Your Shuffle to the Max!

In The Pocket Take Your Shuffle to the Max! Layering in Quarter-Note Triplets by Greg Sundel The two most common types of shuffles are the jazz and blues shuffle. We won’t get into the history here, but the obvious difference…

Greg Sundel
Feb 23, 2017

Britt Walford - Slint's Rhythm Machine Revs It Up With Watter

by Hank Shteamer His list of recordings over the past three decades isn’t vast, and his drumming charms aren’t the type that 32nd-note junkies fawn over. But his contributions to landmark albums by indie-rock kings and queens cannot be overstated.…

Hank Shteamer
Feb 23, 2017

Zildjian 21" K Custom Organic and 20" K Constantinople Renaissance Rides (Video)

Product Close-Up Zildjian Crash/ride versatility is the name of the game with these new, dark offerings. Zildjian recently teamed up with two of its artists, drummer/educator Pat Petrillo and jazz great Adam Nussbaum, to create specialized signature rides designed to…

Michael Dawson
Feb 23, 2017

Drum Miking 101, Part 4: Four Microphones

Electronic Insights Drum Miking 101 Part 4: Four Microphones by John Emerich At this point in the series, you should have a good idea of how microphone placement affects the sound of your drums. A closer distance between the mics…

John Emerich
Feb 23, 2017

Jojo's Modified Swiss Triplets - A Slick Sticking for Quick Jungle Grooves

Rock 'N' Jazz Clinic by Terry Branam Jojo Mayer’s command of the jungle/drum ’n’ bass style took the drumming community by storm. Mayer manages to traverse the blinding tempos and computerized breakbeats effortlessly, thanks to flawless technique and his creative…

Terry Branam
Feb 23, 2017

Up & Coming - The Contortionist's, Joey Baca

Up & Coming The Contortionist's, Joey Baca by Ben Meyer This phenomenal young talent clearly takes the term progressive metal drumming at face value, pushing his playing in more and more compelling ways with each new recording. More proof of…

Ben Meyer
Feb 23, 2017

Pataflafla Builder - Exercises for Developing a Challenging Yet Musical Rudiment

Strictly Technique Pataflafla Builder Exercises for Developing a Challenging Yet Musical Rudiment by Bill Bachman One of the most beneficial of the forty PAS rudiments is the pataflafla. It’s one of the few where each hand plays a totally different…

Bill Bachman
Feb 23, 2017

On The Cover - Jojo Mayer

On The Cover Jojo Mayer His passionate call for artistic dissent may at first seem at odds with his tireless historical research. But everything Nerve’s drummer/leader does and says has a singular purpose: feeding the fire of boundless creativity. Story…

Adam Budofsky
Feb 23, 2017

GMS - Special Edition Series Drumset

Product Close-Up GMS Special Edition Series Drumset Custom-shop quality at production-level prices? Sold! Back in 1987, when Long Islanders Rob Mazzella and Tony Gallino joined forces to create the GMS Drum Co., there weren’t many companies offering custom drumsets that…

Michael Dawson
Feb 23, 2017

Traditional Percussion on Drumset, Part 2: Bongos

Around The World Traditional Percussion on Drumset Part 2: Bongos by Arturo Stable In order to fully understand the function and possibilities of the instrument called bongo, you must explore the Cuban styles of changui, rumba, and son. According to…

Arturo Stable
Feb 23, 2017

Concepts - Defining Your Role

Concepts Defining Your Role Six Degrees of Communication by Russ Miller Music is a team effort, and figuring out our position on the team is key. This will help us better communicate in any scenario, which leads to more contentment…

Russ Miller
Feb 23, 2017

Ty Segall

Ty Segall The multi-instrumentalist—who’s never off the drums for long, on stage or in the studio—always hits that sweet spot between retro and radical. At first blush, you’d likely mistake Ty Segall for your stereotypical Southern California slacker. He’s a…

David Jarnstrom
Feb 23, 2017