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Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots

Hi! I’m Josh, and I play drums in a band called Twenty One Pilots. It’s the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life—except for maybe swimming in the ocean once with dolphins in sight. But for real, it’s…

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Feb 5, 2013

Brendan Yates of Diamond Youth

Hello! My names Brendan, and I play drums for the band Diamond Youth. I learned how to play drums by listening to bands that I loved growing up, and I’ve always been into many types of music. My favorite band…

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Jan 7, 2013

Doug Jones of Taddy Porter

Hi! I’m Doug Jones from the Oklahoma rock band Taddy Porter, and I’m ecstatic to blog a second time for Modern Drummer. Our first self-titled album gave me the opportunity to travel across the country and begin to get my…

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Jan 2, 2013

Jimmy Keegan of Spock’s Beard

  Hey MD kids, Jimmy Keegan here with a short Spock’s Beard update. As some of you may know, Nick D’Virgilio has decided to stay fulltime with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. If you get the chance, definitely go see it.…

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Dec 31, 2012

Joseph Reilly of the Winter Sounds

As a kid I always envisioned myself as the guitarist in a hair metal band. But from the minute I first sat behind a drumset, I knew it was my place in a band. I learned how to play from…

Modern Drummer
Oct 10, 2012

Giann Rubio of Daybreak Embrace

Hey, MD readers! This is Sonor endorser Giann Rubio of Daybreak Embrace. I’m a touring drummer from the South Florida area who’s seen a lot, experienced the road (currently writing this at a laundry mat in New Orleans), has had…

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Sep 28, 2012

Phil Chamberlain of To Speak of Wolves

First off, I’d like to thank Modern Drummer for asking me to blog. I’ve been a huge fan of the magazine since I was a kid and couldn’t be more stoked to be a part of this great drum site.…

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May 29, 2012

Get Up: Strategies for Playing Fast and Staying Relaxed (w/ VIDEO)

May 2012 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Get Up! Strategies for Playing Fast and Staying Relaxed by Steve Fidyk It’s widely understood that the faster the tempo, the more relaxed your body needs to be. In some cases, however, players psych themselves…

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Mar 19, 2012

Focus on the Hi-Hat: The Classic Swing Sound (VIDEO)

March 2012 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Focus on the Hi-Hat The Classic Swing Sound by Steve Fidyk   Before small groups reigned supreme and the ride cymbal became king, the beacon in jazz timekeeping was the hi-hat. Jo Jones with Count…

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Jan 31, 2012

Ride Cymbal Phrasing: How Grip and Fulcrum Impact Your Sound (VIDEO)

November 2011 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Ride Cymbal Phrasing: How Grip and Fulcrum Impact Your Sound by Steve Fidyk Here’s a video demonstration of the three ride cymbal grips discussed in my latest article. https://vimeo.com/117291798 For transcriptions and additional insight into…

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Sep 20, 2011

Relative Tempo: Click-Shifting Exercises to Improve Your Sense of Time

August 2011 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Relative Tempo: Click-Shifting Exercises to Improve Your Sense of Time by Steve Fidyk This article discusses ways to improve your sense of timing by shifting a quarter-note click to each 8th-note-triplet or 16th-note subdivision. Here’s…

Modern Drummer
Jun 21, 2011

Justin Lack of Fashion Bomb

Hey, everyone. I’m Justin Lack and I’m a professional drummer and drum teacher from Chicago, Illinois. I’m the drummer for the industrial metal band Fashion Bomb. I also play with singer/songwriter Matt Ryd and a number of other groups in…

Modern Drummer
Jun 13, 2011

VIDEO! Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez & the New World Order 2011 Modern Drummer Festival montage

http://youtu.be/iGD_wFC6L-Y In this montage drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez & the New World Order perform at the 2011 Modern Drummer Festival. Modern Drummer’s 2011 Festival was held at Montclair State University in New Jersey on May 21, 2011. Video/Editing by…

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Jun 6, 2011

Roy Burns: Swing Star, Clinic Pioneer, Entrepreneur, And Beyond

Roy Burns has done it all—and done it well. He’s held the throne of numerous big bands. He’s established himself as an in-demand studio player, teacher, and clinician. He’s written numerous drum instructionals. And he’s one of the founding members…

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May 19, 2011