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May 2021 – Volume 45 • Number 5

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Articles in May 2021

Foundational Brush Technique

When I first started playing brushes, I copied what I heard on recordings, and what people like Joe Morello were doing. When Joe came to town, I would get as close as I could to watch how he played brushes.…

By Ed Soph. Presented by Drum Channel.
May 17, 2021

Corey Coverstone - Dirty Honey Beats the Odds

So-called media pundits can blather on and on about rock music being dead, but all a true believer needs to do to put the lie to such talk is bring up Dirty Honey. This is a rock band that didn’t…

By Billy Amendola
May 17, 2021

Realistic Reggae Rock, Part II

Awesome Drum Fill Ideas for Irie Playing In the April issue, we kicked off your journey through Carmine Appice’s Realistic Reggae Rock with a session on hi-hat patterns. This month, Carmine unveils some cool and authentic reggae fills. Dig in!…

By Carmine Appice
May 17, 2021

Dave Weckl

The Sublime Power of Supporting Music with “Special Sauce” What inspires the human spirit to pursue and achieve greatness? In the case of six-time Modern Drummer cover artist and MD Hall of Famer Dave Weckl, there are many levels of…

By Mike Haid
May 17, 2021

Crashes in Your Fills

The stereotypical rock drum fill might be a measure of 16th notes cascading around the kit from snare to toms, but there are many other options. As we progress as players, we want to increase our vocabulary of beats and…

By Dawn Richardson
May 17, 2021
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Brooke Colucci - The Drumming Prodigy Powers Plus

Who cares? That’s my attitude about Plush. Who cares that it’s an all-female band? Who cares that none of the band members are even 21 years old yet? Who cares that they have become social-media darlings, and who cares the…

By Michael Molenda
May 17, 2021

Sly Dunbar

Modern Drummer, April 1985 Certain people expect me to shine all the time, but artists can’t be at their best every day. No one is perfect. If a song is a good song, it’s much easier for me to play…

Modern Drummer
May 17, 2021

Earthworks Audio - DK7 Drum Mic Kit

An ideal multi-mic package for capturing the purest essence of your drumset. The DK7 seven-piece microphone set by Earthworks provides everything you need for detailed and accurate multichannel drum recordings and live-performance amplification. This kit includes four DM20 clip-on gooseneck…

By Michael Dawson
May 17, 2021

Thommy Price

Rock and Roll Hitmaker Brooklyn, New York’s Thommy Price has spent the large majority of his career playing and touring with a diverse array of iconic bands and artists. His four-decade career spans countless gigs and recordings from Mink DeVille…

By Rich Scannella
May 17, 2021

Don Heffington - Remembrance of a Talent

Dec 20, 1950 – March 23, 2021 Drummer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Don Heffington died on March 23, after a short-term fight with leukemia—a loss so many were not ready for. Born into a musical family in Los Angeles, Heffington was…

By Lauren Monroe
May 17, 2021

Yamaha - DTX6K3-X Electronic Drumset

A simple, powerful, and compact solution to keep you playingwhen acoustic drums aren’t an option. Yamaha makes great gear. Period. When it comes to drums—specifically electronics—the company always succeeds in delivering high-quality products to keep you inspired to practice and…

By Michael Dawson
May 17, 2021
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DW and WFLIII

DW MFG Extended Footboard Models DW recently added new XF extended footboard options for the entire range of MFG pedals and hi-hat stands. The pedals are machined from aircraft-grade aluminum in California, and are offered as single and double pedals…

Modern Drummer
May 17, 2021

The Importance of Writing Notation

We have all heard that it’s very beneficial for drummers to learn how to read music. I completely agree. For me, it was one of the many game changers for my drumming. Learning to understand basic notation gave me the…

By Billy Ashbaugh
May 17, 2021

How a Dave Weckl Performance Changed My Life

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Dave Weckl play the drums. At the time, I had heard Dave on records, but had never seen him play live or on TV. One fateful day, I happened to have the…

By David Frangioni
May 17, 2021

Developing Speed Naturally

Almost all young drummers attempt to see how fast they can play at some point. This is a natural stage of development. It is sort of like flexing your muscles just to see how strong you are. Technique is needed…

By Roy Burns, February 1984
May 17, 2021

Ralph Peterson Jr. - A Look at the Life

May 20, 1962 – March 1, 2021 Ralph Peterson Jr.—who came to prominence in the 1980s as one of jazz’s swinging, improv-driven “Young Lions”—succumbed to cancer on March 1. He was just 58 years old. Peterson’s commitment to bebop—as well…

By Michael Molenda
May 17, 2021

Rogers Drums, January 1977

It seems fitting that two far-reaching events were marked by the inaugural January 1977 issue of Modern Drummer: the beginning of MD’s now 45-year reign as the foremost publication for drums and drummers, and an advertisement—our only full-page advertiser at…

Modern Drummer
May 17, 2021

True Colors

Kenny Kuzniar Designs Kit to Celebrate His 30th Anniversary of Drumming Kenny Kuzniar did a bit more than throw a party to mark his 30th year of playing drums. Instead, the Saskatchewan, Canada, drummer worked with Dustin Drummond of Drummond…

By Michael Molenda
May 17, 2021
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Doc Sweeney Drums - Legend Series M22 Drumset

A divine steam-bent beech setup that’ll make you want to retire your vintage kit for good. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Doc Sweeney Drums is straight killing it with its creative, innovative, and inspiring approach to the solid-shell…

By Michael Dawson
May 17, 2021

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