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September 2023 – Volume 47 • Number 9

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Articles in September 2023

Brent Fitz: His Inspiring Journey

Photo by Ilya Mirman As the rhythmic backbone of some of rock music’s biggest acts, Brent Fitz has established himself as one of the most talented and versatile drummers in the industry. From his thunderous beats to his intricate piano…

By Daniel “Ziggy” Laverde
Aug 31, 2023

Step Up and Raise Your Standards!

Getting to your next level of excellence comes in evolutions, not revolutions. We all share the battle of fighting self-sabotage from our “shadow selves.” This lesser part of us survives by running to the light of ease and safety. Fighting…

By Chris Lesso
Aug 31, 2023

Sick New World Fest in Las Vegas A Rhythmic Extravaganza

Las Vegas recently witnessed a musical explosion like never before as the Sick New World Fest took over the city. This high-octane festival became the talk of the town, bringing together drummers and music lovers from all corners of the…

By Daniel “Ziggy” Laverde
Aug 31, 2023

Ron Spagnardi 1943-2003 Remembered After Twenty Years

It was twenty years ago this month that Modern Drummer Founder and Publisher Ron Spagnardi succumbed from his battle with cancer. Although Ron wasn’t comfortable with the term “visionary,” that’s exactly what he was. Every drummer around the world owes…

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2023

ddrum Dominion Birch 4PC Shell Pack With Paper White Birch Wrap Quality Drums, Compact Price

In 2005 ddrum raised the bar when it comes to drum quality and price when they released their Dominion series drums. They recently introduced an upgraded version of their Dominion Birch series drums, improving upon both quality and aesthetics. This…

By Jason Mehler
Aug 31, 2023
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Roland Zenology Pro

For decades, Roland sounds have had a massive influence on music. Our legendary instruments have defined genres like techno, house, rap, trap, and hip hop, and deeply influenced pop, rock, and film music. This long legacy has culminated in the…

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2023

The Bass Drum Owners Manual: Applying the Heel Up Technique to Grooves

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 will see, this is a…

By Michael Packer
Aug 31, 2023

Pearl and Drummer Dennis Chambers Create New 10-over 8 Signature Snare.

To be truly great, one must evolve over time. Drumming legend Dennis Chambers took this to heart when considering the transformation of his snare drum sound. Designed for sonic evolution, the new Pearl Dennis Chambers Signature Snare drum employs the…

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2023

African and American Combinations

The next step in our African-American journey is to combine the long-three polyrhythm in bikutsi with mangambe and shuffle-funk elements. Let’s begin by playing the mangambe right-hand pattern on the cymbal and the six over four polyrhythm with the foot…

By Jonathan Joseph
Aug 31, 2023

Drumming for the Brain: Unlocking the Neurological and Psychological Benefits of Rhythmic Therapy

I’ve known this month’s guest columnist Karl Sterling for just about as long as I’ve been a professional drummer (fifty years ago his parents used to bring him to gigs when I was the drummer for Stan Kenton). A former…

By Karl Sterling with Peter Erskine
Aug 31, 2023

ProMark Retractable Nylon Brushes

ProMark has introduced two new versions of retractable nylon brushes in heavy and light weight versions. The Heavy Nylon Brush comes in a 2B size handle with black bristles and offers increased volume and attack. This brush might be more…

By Brian Hill
Aug 31, 2023

The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming: Feet Only—Triplets

In the new and revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming, Bobby Rondinelli 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…

By Bobby Rondinelli
Aug 31, 2023
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Latin Percussion Launches New Range of Frame Drums

Latin Percussion continues to develop their collection of world percussion instruments with the introduction of a new range of Frame Drums to include the Tar and Bendir. Based on some of the most ancient musical instruments the new Tar and…

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2023

Vic Firth Terra™ Series

Vic Firth’s new series of drumsticks celebrates the natural beauty our earth gifts us in each drumstick we make. Using a proprietary staining process, the unique and beautiful grains are exposed so that no two pairs are alike. Crafted from…

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2023

Two 1930s Slingerland Green Trap Kits

Here’s a little history of how Slingerland got into the drum business. In the 1920’s the banjo was very popular in music of day. Up until 1927 Slingerland was a banjo company. Ludwig had been a drum company since 1909.…

By Tim Northup
Aug 31, 2023

“Chapinism” to Jazz Solos: Solo applications from Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Vol 1 Coordinated Independence

I had the chance to study with the great Jim Chapin during the last four years of his life. Jim passed away at 90 years of age on Independence Day (July 4, 2009). Ironically, he has been referred to as…

By Stephane Chamberland, inspired by Jim Chapin
Aug 31, 2023

Snare Drum Duets: Duet 3

Ron Spagnardi wrote a terrific book called Snare Drum Duets: 25 Duets For Two Snare Drummers. It offers a selection of 25 challenging duets that range in difficulty from relatively simple to more complex. A wide assortment of time signatures…

By Ron Spagnardi
Aug 31, 2023

Old and New September 2023

Firstly, NO, I’m not calling anyone “old!” However, it is possible that no issue of Modern Drummer portrays the idea and the relationship of old and new, better than this month’s issue. What more can be said about Max and…

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Aug 31, 2023
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Vinnie Paul Replica Pearl “Damage Plan Kit”

This month’s Eye Candy kit is a Pearl set that was custom created by John Douglas. This is a replica of Vinnie Paul’s Damage Plan kit. The kit features two 24 x 26 bass drums, 14 x 14 and 15…

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2023

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