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VIDEO! Solid Soloing, Part 2: Changing Note Rates (From the January 2015 Issue)

The excerpt below is taken from the January 2015 issue of Modern Drummer. Drum Soloist Solid Soloing Part 2: Changing Note Rates by James Murphy In this miniseries we’re utilizing my “glue” method to gain freedom and flow while soloing.…

Modern Drummer
Dec 23, 2014

Product Close-Up: Gretsch Catalina Ash Drumset (December 2014 Issue)

This review of Gretsch’s Catalina Ash kit originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Revived and revised, the latest mid-price offering from one of the most historic names in drums just got that much better.  …

Modern Drummer
Dec 18, 2014

Basics: Radio Beats (From the January 2015 Issue)

Radio Beats 7 Real-World Applications of Essential, Time-Honored Grooves by Rich Redmond In this month’s article, we take a look at some popular grooves on country radio right now. All of them are variations of what I call “money beats,”…

Modern Drummer
Dec 16, 2014

Electronic Insights: Drum Miking 101, Part 1: Single-Microphone Setups (From the January 2015 Issue)

by John Emrich In this series of articles we’ll look at how to mike a drumset, starting with a single microphone and adding one each time until we arrive at a complete close-mike configuration. The idea behind the series is…

Modern Drummer
Dec 11, 2014

PinchClip Replaces Wingnuts on Cymbal Stands and Hi-Hats

The patent-pending PinchClip from William Feldman Studio is an accessory that replaces conventional wingnuts on many types of threaded drum hardware, including cymbal tilters and hi-hat clutches. The stainless-steel flange flexes when pinched so that the holes in its overlapping…

Modern Drummer
Nov 14, 2014

Drumset Supersets: A Combined Method for Quickly Developing Speed, Endurance, Control, Coordination, and Reading

  by Blake Paulson Inspired by Gary Chester’s popular tutorial The New Breed, Blake Paulson’s method book Drumset Supersets quickly gets into the nitty-gritty by having students learn and memorize ostinatos for the hands and then tackle a series of…

Modern Drummer
Nov 13, 2014

Diamondback Drumsticks Combine Laser-Engraved Handles With Premium-Grade Hickory Sticks

Bringing modern technology to the classic drumstick design, Diamondback offers the quality and consistency of premium American-made hickory drumsticks plus a textured grip. The laser-engraved handle is said to be less abrasive than a conventional, knurled finish yet safer and…

Modern Drummer
Nov 12, 2014

Showroom: Introducing Sugar Percussion’s Stave-Built Custom Drums

Founded in 2011 and employing skills honed from twenty years of woodworking, Sugar Percussion constructs stave-shell, solid wood drums by hand, one at a time. There are no stock models, and every drum is built after deliberations and conversations between…

Modern Drummer
Nov 7, 2014

Drummer Blog: Magnolia Memoir’s Keith Crutchfield on Tying Together Passion and Entrepreneurship

Hello, my modern (and old-school) drummer friends. The drums have been a passion since I was a kid, and Modern Drummer has always been there for me. So writing this blog for you guys really is an honor. The drums…

Modern Drummer
Nov 5, 2014

Drummer Blog: Benjamin Cartel and Kristoffer Ragnstam on “Songwriter Drums???

Hello MD! What’s the last thing a drummer says in a band? “Hey, how about we try one of my songs”? In my case, it’s actually one of the first things I have said in all bands I’ve ever been…

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2014

Showroom: DW True-Sonic Snare Puts a Modern Twist on a Vintage Favorite

Drum Workshop has recently released a snare drum that pays tribute to an American classic and includes today’s latest innovations and build-quality. This drum, the True-Sonic, features a pre-tensioned, highly-adjustable snare bridge that said to provide orchestral-like sensitivity and articulation.…

Modern Drummer
Oct 20, 2014

Drummer Blog: Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna’s Didi Negron on Living Your Dream

As a traveling musician in the traditional big top, I am able to implement my strong music theory background and improvisational skills while providing accompaniment and action on stage as my role of the “Goddess of Rhythm.” It’s truly an…

Modern Drummer
Oct 16, 2014

VIDEO! Jazz Drummers Workshop: Syncopation Revisited: Part 6: Assorted Applications (from the November 2014 issue)

November 2014 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Syncopation Revisited Part 6: Assorted Applications by Steve Fidyk Welcome to the final installment of our series on ways to interpret the classic Ted Reed book Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer. The…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2014

Showroom: Proline PLDR6 Snare Rack

Proline’s PLDR6 utility rack enables drummers to store and display multiple drums safely, without cases, while keeping them easily accessible for practice, performance, recording, and rehearsals. For professional drummers, the PLDR6 provides a way to display a collection of several…

Modern Drummer
Sep 25, 2014