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Rom Gov of Empty Trail in On The Beat

Talks New Project and Gear Hello Modern Drummer family and drum community! It’s great to be featured here for the second time (see link below for my first OTB). I’ve been playing drums since I was eight years old, and…

Modern Drummer
Jan 3, 2019

Industry Spotlight - DIXON Product Showcase

Industry Spotlight DIXON Product Showcase Text and video by Miguel Monroy We recently had the opportunity to visit Dixon Drums & Hardware for its first-ever Product Showcase. The hybrid event brought in local drummers from the St. Louis area and…

Modern Drummer
Mar 21, 2017

Episode 83: Matt Garstka, How to Practice Syncopation, Dixon Little Roomer, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss April 2017 cover artist Matt Garstka of the progressive band Animals as Leaders. In the education segment, the hosts discuss some fun ways to interpret the written rhythms in Ted Reed’s classic book…

Modern Drummer
Mar 10, 2017

VIDEO DEMO! Get the Most Beat for Your Buck: 4 Options for Building a Primo Snare Collection on a Workingman’s Budget

This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the August 2015 issue, which can be purchased at: http://wp.me/p1bQfj-fuj Shop Talk Get the Most Beat for Your Buck 4 Options for Building a Primo Snare Collection on a…

Modern Drummer
Jun 30, 2015

Showroom: Dixon Gregg Bissonette Signature Snare Drums

Dixon has released two Gregg Bissonette signature snare drums. Bissonette chose two 6.5x14 models. One sports a hammered-brass beaded shell with tube lugs. It also includes an adjustable butt plate so the snare wires can be adjusted with either hand.…

Modern Drummer
Mar 27, 2015

Dixon Drums and Hardware at NAMM 2015 (VIDEO)

In this video from NAMM 2015, Dixon drums brand manager, Jim Uding, shows us an assortment of sets, hardware, and snare drums available from Dixon for 2015. First up is Gregg Bissonette’s Artisan series Ultra Maple drumkit in sea-foam green…

Modern Drummer
Mar 3, 2015

Rock & Jazz Clinic: Progressive Independence: Rock Revisited (VIDEO)

Progressive Independence: Rock Revisited A Step-by-Step Method for Building Creative Coordination by Miguel Monroy Fifteen years ago, the founder of Modern Drummer, Ron Spagnardi, published a book devoted to developing independence for rock and funk drumming. This book, Progressive Independence:…

Modern Drummer
Feb 11, 2015

Dixon Drums and Gregg Bissonette Northern California Clinic Tour Wrap-up

For students and enthusiasts of any instrument, there are few moments as valuable as an in-depth and intimate session with a professional. Drummers in Northern California were given that opportunity when Ringo Starr’s Gregg Bissonette and Dixon put on clinics…

Modern Drummer
Oct 10, 2014

VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Dixon Cajon Pedal Plus (From the June 2014 Issue)

by Miguel Monroy Wilco’s Glenn Kotche gave an interview in the January 2013 issue of Percussive Notes, in which he cited Max Roach as an influence to his multi-percussion approach to the drumset: “ called drumset the original multicultural and…

Modern Drummer
Jun 2, 2014

Gregg Bissonette Joins Dixon Drums

Dixon Drums and Hardware has announced the addition of Los Angeles–based, Grammy-winning recording and touring drummer Gregg Bissonette to its artist program. According to Dixon, Bissonette’s choice of Dixon comes from their synergetic vision to advance the art of drumming…

Modern Drummer
Apr 17, 2014

WIN a 9-piece Dixon Artisan Limited Wild Zebra Black Fade Kit with Hardware

Dixon Artisan Limited encourages innovation and advancement in the art of shell making by challenging its craftsmen with custom orders and the purchase of limited hardwoods, combining design, resources, and craftsmanship to produce these masterpiece outfits. Artisan Limited Wild Zebra…

Modern Drummer
Mar 1, 2014

Dixon Launches New “Build Your Artisan??? Web Page

Dixon drums recently added a new page to its playdixon.com website where players can customize a one-of-a-kind Dixon drumset. “The Build Your Artisan page is the finishing touch on our popular flagship series,” says Dixon product manager Jim Uding. “This…

Modern Drummer
Oct 3, 2013

Product Close-Up: Dixon Artisan Select Drumset (w/ VIDEO)

April 2013 Product Close-Up Dixon Artisan Select Drumset by Miguel Monroy Imagine the day finally comes when you get to purchase your dream drumset. You’ve been researching the characteristics of different species of wood, you’ve thought of the coolest color,…

Modern Drummer
Feb 20, 2013

Dixon Artisan Rose Gum Snare

Crafted from select Australian rose gum hardwood, this unique snare was created in collaboration with the iconic drum maker Chris Brady. The drum has a 9-ply, 5.4 mm shell and is offered in 6x13, 5 1/2x14, and 6 1/2x14 sizes.…

Modern Drummer
Jun 5, 2012