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VIDEO! Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Syncopation Revisited, Part 2: 3/4 Applications (From the July 2014 Issue)

by Steve Fidyk We continue this month with more of my favorite ways of interpreting the classic Ted Reed book Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer. This time we explore ways of converting the written manuscript from its…

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Jun 2, 2014

VIDEO! Drum Country: Train Beat Variations (From the May 2014 Issue)

http://youtu.be/4xXrJ-HMgBY by Jim Riley The train beat is a must-have in your bag of tricks. While it’s most commonly used in country and bluegrass settings, with very little digging you can find examples of it in a multitude of genres,…

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May 12, 2014

VIDEO! Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Shifting Sands (From the May 2014 Issue)

http://youtu.be/IVXHAhRfxb0 by Steve Fidyk Transitioning from one time signature, tempo, or musical style to another is a very common technique in modern jazz. These shifts are often referred to as metric modulations, where a specific note value from the current…

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Apr 7, 2014

VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Zildjian Kerope Series Cymbals (From the May 2014 Issue)

by Michael Dawson Zildjian spent the past couple years developing a new line of cymbals with New York City studio drummer/composer Zach Danziger that would recall the worn-in look, soft feel, and warm tones of highly coveted models made by…

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Mar 26, 2014

VIDEO! Product Close-Up: DW Collector’s Series Concrete and Thin Aluminum Snares (December 2013 Issue)

by Miguel Monroy DW is renowned for producing top-quality drums and hardware, and the company has had a consistent output of innovative ideas that meet the needs of the drumming community. The two DW Collector’s series snares we have for…

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Oct 31, 2013

VIDEO! In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 5: Specialty Mics (November 2013 Issue)

  by Donny Gruendler In the first four installments of this series we discussed very broad ideas for achieving stylistically appropriate drum sounds, from pop-rock to traditional jazz. Each setup employed different drums, head selections, and tunings, and we used…

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Sep 26, 2013

VIDEO! Rock Perspectives: Double Bass Workout Part 3 (October 2013 Issue)

by Todd Vinciguerra In this lesson we’ll mix 16th notes, 16th-note triplets, and 32nd notes on the bass drums and play them along with 16th-note-based hand patterns. Remember to play to a metronome or click track, and start off slowly…

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Sep 23, 2013

Rock & Jazz Clinic: Melodic Drumming (October 2013 Issue)

In this lesson we’re going to explore a way to represent a melodic guitar riff from a classic-rock tune on the kit, while playing the song’s drumbeat at the same time. Be sure to check out the complete article in…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2013

In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 4: Classic Jazz (October 2013 Issue)

Small-group jazz drumming is synonymous with legendary players such as Art Blakey, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams. Although these five gentlemen had very different approaches to timekeeping, each contributed to the jazz art form and…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2013

Strictly Technique: Irish Spring (April 2012)

(April 2012 Issue) Strictly Technique Chops Builders: Irish Spring (Without Accents) by Bill Bachman In this lesson, we’re going to go old school—with a new twist. What we’re working on is a standard exercise called “Irish Spring” that comprises swung…

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Jul 29, 2013