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November 2023 – Volume 47 • Number 11

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Articles in November 2023

OUT NOW! November 2023

Modern Drummer is spotlighting 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 the…

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2023

Drummers Make the World Go ‘Round

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Avedis Zildjian Company. Founded in 1623, Zildjian is the oldest musical instrument company in the world as well as the oldest company in the USA. Zildjian has a great past because it…

By Peter Erskine
Nov 1, 2023

The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming: Skiplets

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
Nov 1, 2023

Drum Workshop’s New Hybrid Purple Core Shells, Serious Low-End with Serious Durability

Drum Workshop’s John Good has been experimenting for years with a hybrid shell idea that would provide the lowest fundamental tone from a drum shell without sacrificing strength. After much experimenting, he finally succeeded. That prompted DW to send Modern…

By Brian Hil
Nov 1, 2023

Be Undeniable

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”  -Steve Martin Whether you want to be a rising star on stages around the world or simply cultivate a daily drumming meditation in your practice room, be undeniable in all you do. It’s…

By Chris Lesso
Nov 1, 2023
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Transcriptions. Vocabulary.

This month Modern Drummer is glad to welcome Marc Atkinson. Marc’s transcription of Vinnie Colaiuta’s drumming on Frank Zappa’s “The Deathless Horsie” will astound you and leave you laughing and bewildered. Marc’s precision, attention to detail, and his ability to…

Mark Griffith
Nov 1, 2023

New and Notable

Lauten Audio Snare Mic  Family-owned microphone maker, Lauten Audio, has announced the release of Snare Mic — a purpose-built FET condenser microphone designed explicitly for use on snare drums. At only 4.2” in size, Snare Mic is optimized for use…

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2023

Nick Mason’s Solo Tour Set

Drums: Drum Workshop. Custom Painted by Katy Hepburn (Recreation of 1973 Ludwig Kit influenced by Katsushika Hokusa) Bass Drums: 20” and 22 “.  Toms: 10”, 12”, 13”, 14”, 16” , 18”. Snare: DW Edge 14” Cymbals: Paiste. Prototype 8” Micro…

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2023

1928 Ludwig Rialto and 1933 Ludwig Pioneer Trap Kits

The drum set has come a long way from the simple trap kits of the 1920s and 30s. Ironically, many drummers today are returning to these very simple sets for busking (type) gigs, favoring the convenience and ease of packing…

Tim Northup
Nov 1, 2023

Techra Drumsticks

Drumsticks that are not made from wood is not a new idea. Those of us who have been around for a while have seen the idea come and go with varied amounts of success. One of the problems was that…

By Mark Griffith
Nov 1, 2023

Fill-In Studies Groups of Four Fill-ins

Joe Morello advanced the idea of endurance exercises with his Fill-In Studies included in his book Master Studies. These are not “drum fills,” instead they are endurance exercises built on the idea of filling in between the primary rhythm of…

By Joe Morello
Nov 1, 2023
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Cymbal Swap: Try Cymbals Before You Buy

If you’ve ever shopped for cymbals, you know that it can be frustrating and expensive to find the perfect cymbal that harmonizes flawlessly with your drum kit and produces the sound you desire. A new service called Cymbal Swap is…

By Jason Mehler
Nov 1, 2023

"The Deathless Horsie"

Recorded live at the Odeon Hammersmith in London England on February 19th, 1979, Frank Zappa’s “The Deathless Horsie” was the show opener and appeared on the recording Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar. Vinnie Colaiuta’s drumming is an unbelievable display…

Transcription by Marc Atkinson
Nov 1, 2023

Drummer and A&R Person, Dave Rath - It’s the Drums That Makes People Move

  Maybe you are in a band that is trying to “make it” and get signed, but young musicians and bands must navigate a lot of things these days. And with many of those things, come different people with different…

By Mark Griffith
Nov 1, 2023

Michael “Cavs” Cavanagh: The Rhythmic Force Behind, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Michael “Cavs” Cavanagh, the drummer of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, has been captivating audiences around the world with his explosive drumming and dynamic rhythms. As the backbone of one of the most innovative and genre-bending bands of our…

By Danny “Ziggy” Laverde
Nov 1, 2023

Mysterious Traveller

This month’s Kit of the Month comes to us from Phil Raskin. This Slingerland 12, 13, 14, 16, 18 set was originally owned by drummer and educator Skip Hadden. The drums originally had a natural finish but are now finished…

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2023

The Bass Drum Owners Manual: Groove Etude and Hi-hat Substitutions

This month Modern Drummer will continue 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 have seen in previous months,…

By Michael Packer
Nov 1, 2023

Jeremy Dutton: The Power of Community

The recent tradition of jazz drummers from Houston, Texas is a long and always growing list. Among them has been Sebastian Whittaker, Chris Dave, Eric Harland, Kendrick Scott, Jamire Williams, and now Jeremy Dutton. Jeremy has been on the New…

By Mark Griffith
Nov 1, 2023
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Pat Steward: Making Adjustments with Bryan Adams

You might know drummer Pat Steward’s name, but you’ve definitely heard his drumming. Pat’s relentless drive on iconic Bryan Adams songs like “Kids Wanna Rock,” “Summer of ‘69” and “One Night Love Affair” makes them jump out of the speakers.…

By Mark Griffith
Nov 1, 2023

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