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Articles in May 2017

George Marsh's Inner Drumming

Inside Methods George Marsh's Inner Drumming by Elizabeth Walsh You’re not going to work on any of the standard drum rudiments in this book. The notation is unfamiliar, and awareness of the energy flow within your body is a key…

Elizabeth Walsh
Mar 29, 2017

Sunhouse - Sensory Percussion Electronic System

Product Close-Up Sunhouse Sensory Percussion Electronic System Innovative technology that combines the natural expressivity of acoustic drums with the limitless power of software. The goal for Sunhouse’s super-advanced Sensory Percussion system is to, as much as possible, remove machinery from…

Michael Dawson
Mar 29, 2017

Septuplet Fives - Polyrhythmic Permutation Rock Perspectives Septuplet Fives Polyrhythmic Permutation by Aaron Edgar Seven over five can be a challenging polyrhythm to master. We’ll start building this rhythm by playing every fifth septuplet partial in a measure of 5/4. It can take plenty…

Aaron Edgar
Mar 29, 2017

Mastodon's Brann Dailor

As you read this, Mastodon’s brand-new album is dropping all over the world. As usual, fans will get exactly what they expect—plus a little something new. Story by David Ciauro Photos by Jimmy Hubbard Mastodon’s discography follows a linear pattern,…

David Ciauro
Mar 29, 2017

David Gilmour's Steve DiStanislao

Interview and photos by Sayre Berman Steve DiStanislao is the drummer of choice for legendary artists such as Crosby, Stills and Nash, Kenny Loggins, Don Felder, and his current employer, David Gilmour. “I tour with many different artists, and I…

Sayre Berman
Mar 29, 2017

An Editor's Overview - Influencers

by Willie Rose “If I am an influence, I hope I’m a good one,” said this month’s cover artist, Steve Gadd, in his very first Modern Drummer cover story, in 1978. “I don’t play to be an influence. I feel…

Willie Rose
Mar 13, 2017

Ziv Ravitz

Features Ziv Ravitz The Urgency of Now Story by Jeff Potter Photos by Bastien Burger “It’s hard to define what jazz is these days,” Ziv Ravitz says. “In the end, it’s the spirit of everything being possible.” A drummer of…

Jeff Potter
Mar 29, 2017

Rockin’ at a Snail’s Pace - Variations for Slower Tempos

Basics Rockin’ at a Snail’s Pace Variations for Slower Tempos by Joel Rothman Playing slow tempos can be one of the most difficult things to master. As the distance from one beat to the next increases, the ability to accurately…

Joel Rothman
Mar 29, 2017

Kit of the Month - Compact Clubber

Kit of the Month Compact Clubber This light, tight, and customized setup comes from Steve Fruda, from Norwalk, Connecticut, who decided to downsize after a few seasons of nonstop wedding gigs with his New York City–based band, the Elements. The…

Modern Drummer
Mar 29, 2017

1,000 Ways to Practice a Single Page, Part 3: Incorporating Flams Strictly Technique 1,000 Ways to Practice a Single Page Part 3: Incorporating Flams by Libor Hadrava Last month we applied a set of written rhythms to the drumset by accenting the figures within continual 16th notes and experimenting with…

Libor Hadrava
Mar 29, 2017

Do I Need an Attorney? Part 2: Navigating Contract Negotiations

Concepts Do I Need an Attorney Part 2: Navigating Contract Negotiations by Russ Miller In last month’s column, we discussed whether or not you should hire a lawyer for your business dealings. This time we dive a bit deeper into…

Russ Miller
Mar 29, 2017

Fred Pierce's Studio Drum Shop

Retailer Profile Fred Pierce's Studio Drum Shop Overland, Missouri Interview by Patrick Berkery Photos by Madison Thorn For forty-five years, Fred Pierce has been serving drummers of the St. Louis area in a cozy space he bought outright back in…

Patrick Berkery
Mar 29, 2017

Brazilian Girls' Aaron Johnston

  Features Brazilian Girls' Aaron Johnston With his rudimental training, skillful electronic programming, and vast international influences, this New York City–based multi-instrumentalist and producer represents the future of drumming as well as anyone who comes to mind. Story by Henri…

Henri Benard
Mar 29, 2017

Modern Drummer 2017 Readers Poll Winners

Introducing... the 2017 Modern Drummer Readers Poll Winners Hall of Fame Peter Erskine It’s tough to imagine a more thoughtful player than Peter Erskine. In his introduction to Erskine’s June 2016 MD cover story, Rick Mattingly compared Peter’s career to…

Modern Drummer
Mar 29, 2017

A&F Drum Co. - 4x14 Raw Brass Snare

  Product Close-Up A&F Drum Co. 4x14 Raw Brass Snare A contemporary take on iconic turn-of-the-century drums. There’s a new player on the high-end drum scene. The Antoun and Family Drum Company was founded in 2012 in Austin, Texas, and…

Stephen Bidwell
Mar 29, 2017

Groove Construction, Part 12: 16th-Note Metronome Training Rock 'n' Jazz Clinic Groove Construction Part 12: 16th-Note Metronome Training by Jost Nickel In this lesson we’ll work on perceiving a metronome on various 16th-note partials. These exercises will improve your ability to hear different rhythms before you…

Jost Nickel
Mar 29, 2017

Gibaltar - G Drive Stealth Pedals

Product Close-Up Gibraltar G Drive Stealth Pedals Simple, smooth, and powerful options in a sleek black design. In addition to continuously redefining what can be done with drum racks, Gibraltar has a solid reputation for producing simple, functional, and affordable…

Michael Dawson
Mar 29, 2017

Steve Gadd - The Innovator

Jazz fans lucky enough to be in New York City this past November had the opportunity to see three great masters pour out their hearts, extend their technique, and recapture past glories. Pianist Chick Corea, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer…

Story by Ken Micallef | Photos by John Fell
Mar 29, 2017

What's Your Favorite Steve Gadd Track and Why?

Readers' Platform What's Your Favorite Steve Gadd Track and Why? For drummers, it could be hard, if not impossible, to pick out one standout track from the extensive and legendary career of this month’s cover artist, Steve Gadd. His feel…

Modern Drummer
Mar 29, 2017