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May 2023 – Volume 47 • Number 5

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Articles in May 2023

The 4 Practice Pockets: #4. Celebrate the Wins

“Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.”-May Sarton CELEBRATE, THE FUN PRACTICE To celebrate is to refill your well of enthusiasm,…

By Chris Lesso
Apr 30, 2023

Art Blakey’s Gretsch 1960s Custom Moon Glow Flame kit

Art Blakey was an individualist in every way, including the look of his drum kit. The Gretsch kit shown here features a 14x20 bass drum, 8x12 and 9x13 rack toms, a 16x16 floor tom, and a 5x14 metal snare. The…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2023

OUT NOW! May 2023 – Volume 47 • Number 5

Modern Drummer is spotlighting certain 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 performance from the drummer and/or musicians in…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2023

The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming: Double Strokes

In the new and revised edition of the Encyclopedia Of Double Bass Drumming, Bobby includes nine new double bass drumming chapters. The new and expanded edition covers contemporary techniques such as bass drum double strokes, feet-only exercises, binary and ternary…

By Bobby Rondinelli and Michael Lauren
Apr 30, 2023
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1930-39 Leedy Butterfly Girl Trap Kit with Rolling Console

The year is 1930, the place is Bridgeport, Conn. Composer and drummer Oscar F. Knablin plays this set of drums at the Fox-Poli Theater. How do we know this? Oscar was kind enough to write this information on the inside…

By Tim Northup
Apr 30, 2023

Snare Drum Duets: Duet 1

As an ongoing tribute to Ron Spagnardi who founded Modern Drummer Publications in 1977 and was an excellent drum teacher and author in his own right, Modern Drummer has been including some of the articles, exercises, and pieces that Ron…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2023

Joe McCarthy The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band The Pan American Nutcracker Suite

What’s a Connecticut Yankee doing residing in Little Havana (Miami, Florida)? Most likely teaching, winning Grammys, and leading an innovative, ground-breaking ensemble called New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band. Like many, Joe McCarthy sought refuge from NYC due to…

By Bob Girouard
Apr 30, 2023

Mike Portnoy The Winery Dogs and the Power of III

Mike Portnoy must be the busiest drummer in the business. He is an active touring and recording member of no less than ten different bands, and he does some sideman work. In the 12 years since he left Dream Theater…

By Mark Griffith
Apr 30, 2023

DW Launches the Alex Gonzalez DW ICON™ Snare

Drum Workshop, Inc. is proud to present the Alex Gonzalez DW ICON™ Snare; a tribute to the legendary drummer of Latin pop icons Maná. Alex Gonzalez and his band, Maná, are one of the biggest pop/rock bands in the world.…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2023

Latin Percussion Launches Tito Puente Signature Timbale and Cowbell Sets

Latin Percussion is proud to launch the limited-edition Tito Puente Signature Timbale and Cowbell sets to mark the centennial of the birth of ‘El Rey del Timbal’. Famed composer, band leader, and percussionist, Tito Puente, had a career that spanned…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2023

PDP Concept Metal Snare Drums Brushed Aluminum, Copper, and Brass Shells

Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP) was formed by Drum Workshop (DW) in 1999 to provide a more affordable premium quality brand of drums, pedals, and hardware. PDP features “boutique-inspired, player friendly features, and best-in-class build-quality to more drummers around the…

By Brian Hill
Apr 30, 2023
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Mark Pusey Ed Sheeran’s Rhythmic Conscience

If there was a singular word that could describe Mark Pusey it would be “hungry.” His appetite for drums and those who play them is nothing short of immense. Moreover, his ability to articulate the aspects of contemporary drumming in…

By Bob Girouard
Apr 30, 2023

Your Sonic Universe Awaits with Evans Hybrid and Sensory Percussion

EVANS Drumheads, maker of the most technologically advanced drumheads on Earth, is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Sunhouse Technologies Inc. Building upon Sunhouse’s foundational Sensory Percussion technology, the joint venture features completely redesigned versions of both the hardware…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2023

The Bass Drum Owners Manual: Applying the Moeller Technique to the Bass Drum

This month Modern Drummer will begin 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…

By Michael Packer
Apr 30, 2023

Flam Studies

In all of our learning, we (hopefully) concentrate of the creative use (and sound) of flams. However, in our desire to play the “perfect” open and fat flam sound, we often ignore the (also unique) sound of “flat flams.” These…

By Joe Morello
Apr 30, 2023

WFL III Drums Birdseye Maple Snare Classic Maple Mahogany Shell with a Modern Twist

William F Ludwig III, WFL III Drums chief drum designer, sent Modern Drummer one of their new G2 shell series, Birdseye Maple snare drums for us to put through the paces. WFL III Drums have been upping their game considerably…

By Brian Hill
Apr 30, 2023

Going Above and Beyond

In Robert Girouard’s excellent interview this month with Ed Sheeran’s drummer Mark Pusey, they talk about “having more skills than you need for the job.” I was extremely happy to see Mark mention this, as it is something that I…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2023

Sonor and Paiste Beauty from the UK

For this month’s Kit of the Month, Modern Drummer brings you London, England’s Arnaldo “Arnie” Rogano’s drum set that he uses with his band Madre Sun. His drums are Sonor, his cymbals are Paiste Rude’s, his heads are Remo, his…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2023
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Warren Huart Home Studio Recording, The Complete Guide

Drummers are musicians, and today more musicians are also engineers and producers. But that isn’t always a natural progression. Learning about music production and engineering can be very confusing. There are many different ways to record and mix music, and…

By Mark Griffith
Apr 30, 2023

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