Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.


Video Tour! Will Calhoun's Living Colour Kit

 This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the November 2016 issue, which is available here. Gearing Up On Stage And Up Close Will Calhoun's Living Colour Kit Interview, photos and video by Miguel Monroy We recently…

Modern Drummer
Sep 30, 2016

VIDEO DEMO! Maxwell Drums Nesting Kit

This excerpt is taken from the complete review that appears in the June 2015 issue, which can be purchased here. June 2015 Product Close-Up Maxwell Drums Nesting Kit Big, versatile tones in an ultra-compact package.  If you’ve ever had to pack…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2015

Showroom: Simmons SD100KIT Electronic Drumset

Sporting a new industrial design and a space-conscious footprint, the SD100KIT electronic drumset is ideal for beginners, students, and drummers looking for a practice kit. Compact enough to fit neatly into a bedroom, office, or home studio, the SD100KIT features…

Modern Drummer
Apr 19, 2015

Product Close-Up: Natal Walnut US Rock Drumset (VIDEO)

This review originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of Modern Drummer, which can be purchased here.  Product Close-Up Natal Walnut US Rock Drumset A top-notch kit created for aggressive, deep, punchy sounds. Natal’s history and vision are worth exploring. The…

Modern Drummer
Mar 13, 2015

In the Pocket: “Rock Steady??? Demystified (VIDEO)

This article is an excerpt from the April 2015 issue, which can be purchased here.  In the Pocket “Rock Steady” Demystified Four Steps to Mastering Advanced Funk Grooves by Jim Payne Have you ever checked out Bernard Purdie’s beat on…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2015

Product Close-Up: Premier Modern Classic Club Drumset (VIDEO)

The following review originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of Modern Drummer, which can be purchased here. Product Close-Up Premier Modern Classic Club Drumset The subtle vintage/retro vibe of this kit makes it look as timeless as it sounds. Inside…

Modern Drummer
Feb 25, 2015

NFUZD Audio at NAMM 2015 (VIDEO)

In this video from NAMM 2015, Jeff Mulvihill from NFUZD Audio shows us the company’s first electronic kit, from the Inspire Series. NFUZD Audio has introduced the Inspire Series trigger pad drumset pack. First is the 3-zone, 14" snare trigger.…

Modern Drummer
Feb 20, 2015

Showroom: Bucks County Drums’ Unique Semi-Solid Drum Shell

Bucks County Drums’ patent-pending semi-solid drum shell fuses a solid wood shell to the interior of a super-thin ply shell. The ply shell holds the solid component intact and doesn’t allow it to move. The drumhead only touches the solid…

Modern Drummer
Jan 22, 2015

LESSON! Rock & Jazz Clinic: Odd Groupings Over Samba (From the Feb. 2015 Issue)

The following excerpt is taken from the February 2015 issue of Modern Drummer. Rock & Jazz Clinic Odd Groupings Over Samba by Mike Johnston What do you do when you have two things in the refrigerator or pantry that taste…

Modern Drummer
Jan 13, 2015

Showroom: Sound Percussion Labs Introduces Kicker Pro and Lil’ Kicker Drumkits

Sound Percussion Lab’s new Kicker Pro is a 5-piece, student-size drumkit that combines sleek, modern design, rugged construction, and professional features including tunable drumheads, a full-size chain drive bass drum pedal, and multi-ply, real poplar wood shells. With an 18x14…

Modern Drummer
Jan 8, 2015

Showroom: Sonor Celebrates 140th Anniversary With Vintage Series Drums

Celebrating the 140th anniversary of the company, Sonor brings back an iconic look and sound of the time between the 1950s and early 1970s. The Sonor team, in cooperation with artists and collectors, worked to bring the Vintage series drums…

Modern Drummer
Jan 5, 2015

Showroom: Gretsch Adds Walnut and Birch to the Renown Series

Gretsch’s Renown Walnut is a new line designed for the experienced player who is looking for a differentiated kit that delivers deep, rich tones with clear attack. “Our Renown Maple series has been a fantastic sounding and performing drumset for…

Modern Drummer
Dec 26, 2014

Product Close-Up: Canopus New Yaiba Bop and Groove Drumsets (December 2014 Issue)

The complete review of Canopus New Yaiba Bop and Groove Drumsets, which appeared in the December 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.   Canopus New Yaiba Bop and Groove Drumsets Although they’ve been updated to be more affordable, these two Japanese-made…

Modern Drummer
Dec 25, 2014

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