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September 2021 – Volume 45 • Number 9

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Articles in September 2021

Vintage Ad

ROC Drums May 1986

Many years ago, a friend of mine told me these crazy awesome Stratocaster clones were being sold out of a storefront on Dorman Avenue in San Francisco. We decided to investigate, and a man who looked more like a teenager…

Modern Drummer
Sep 30, 2021
Style Council

Custard Pie Brings the Funk

Picturesque Alsace borders France, Germany, and Switzerland. The region may present a storybook-like setting of timber-framed architecture, castles, and even the mythical birthplace of the Easter bunny. In reality, it is a fairy-tale land formed from turbulence. Originally settled by…

By Michael Molenda
Sep 30, 2021
Lessons

Authentic Latin Rhythms

Listening implants music in a person at a very early age. Listening is accepting all different genres of music—from ethnic to jazz, rock, classical, Latin, African, and everything else. This is when we really begin to understand the different essences…

By Alex Acuña
Sep 30, 2021
Kit of the Month

Muppet Mania Bill Ruck’s Tribute to his Wife

Owen Sound, Ontario drummer Bill Ruck grew up with a fascination for the three players who would become his main stylistic influences: Buddy Rich, John Bonham, and Dino Danelli. “My parents were in their 40s when I was born, so…

By Michael Molenda
Sep 30, 2021
HOME RECORDING

How to Make Friends with Vocalists

I cracked up during one of Rat Scabies’ interview segments in the recently released Count Me In documentary. The Damned drummer related the following wisdom about performing punk rock back in the “OG era” of the mid 1970s: “If they…

By Michael Molenda
Sep 30, 2021
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Mapex

Saturn Four-Piece Rock Shell Pack Resonance appears to be an essential element of almost every component of the Saturn SR529XU Rock architecture. With a focus on warm and robust tones, these drums sound explosive and articulate in every application—whether that’s…

By Jon Christ
Sep 30, 2021
Backbeats

Rock Doc Drummers

Maybe there’s something in the water. Or the air. Or perhaps it’s simply the streaming services deluging us with content while everyone is looking for anything to take their minds off of the global pandemic. But, wow, a ton of…

Modern Drummer
Sep 30, 2021
Features

Johnny Kelly

Filling In the Noize I’ve played guitar in Quiet Riot off and on since 2004, and permanently since 2010. Before my band mate and drummer Frankie Banali passed away from cancer in 2020, he made it clear he wanted Quiet…

By Alex Grossi
Sep 30, 2021
Lessons

16th-Note-Triplet Hand and Foot Patterns

Excepted from Building Bass Drum Technique The patterns on the following four pages are built around hand and foot coordination with 16th-note triplets. The exercises become increasingly difficult as you work your way through. A slower tempo at the onset…

By Ron Spagnardi
Sep 30, 2021
Art Rock

Hugh Syme’s Four Decades of Rush Dreamscapes

Rockers, art directors, and artists have made great teams since the glory days of album art—even right up to the slightly less awesomeness of tiny, non-tactile images on Spotify and other streaming services. From Reid Miles’ iconic Blue Note album…

By Michael Molenda
Sep 30, 2021
Tribute

My Drum Kit Monument to Musical Giants

In music, it is not who you are, but who you are with. I have been incredibly lucky to write, record, and perform with some amazing musicians for more than half a century. Sadly, many of these band mates are…

By Corky Laing
Sep 30, 2021
Lessons

Rock Pattern Exercises

Excepted from Rudiments to Rock Carmine Appice designed Rudiments to Rock specifically to provide beginning drum students with fresh ideas and procedures. Through the book’s exercises and explanations, Appice takes novice percussionists from basic fundamentals to the more difficult, modern…

By Carmine Appice
Sep 30, 2021
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Features

Bernard Purdie

Excerpted from the November 1985 Cover Story Known as the “Father Time” of modern drumming, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie has drummed up an almost unbeatable record of more than 3,000 album credits—many of them smash hits. He has cut across all…

By Connie Fisher
Sep 30, 2021
Collector's Corner

Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault

Logo Heads Several years ago, I made the decision to begin selling off my drum collection. I’d spent decades amassing one of the most extensive collections of rare and vintage drums in the world. One of the biggest factors leading…

By Donn Bennett
Sep 30, 2021
Equipment

NEW GEAR - September 2021

64 Audio U6t Universal In-Ear Monitor Drummers who are done with that wedge blasting away at them a few feet from their drum throne, but don’t want to expend the time and expense to order custom in-ear monitors, should look…

Modern Drummer
Sep 30, 2021
Wellness

The Courage to Connect

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, I want to look at the very uncomfortable topic of suicide. I realize this article isn’t something you would normally find in a musicians’ magazine, but think about it—how many incredible artists,…

By Lauren Monroe
Sep 30, 2021
Timeless Tutorial

The Drummer as Entertainer

It doesn’t seem fair. The band is having a hot night. The singer is wailing, guitars are screaming, keyboards are thumping, and you and the bass player are locked in tight. Everything is falling into the pocket. But you look…

By Bruce Matheson, June 1996
Sep 30, 2021
The Modern Drummer Product Guide

Cool Percussion Goodies

Just as guitar players always seem to be on the lookout for new pedals, percussionists appear to be forever seeking unique things they can add to their armory of stuff to shake, hit, and slap. Many of the products profiled…

By Michael Molenda
Sep 30, 2021
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