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! Product Close-Up: Tama Superstar Reissue Snare (From the Feb. 2014 Issue)

The following review originally appeared in the February 2015 of Modern Drummer, which can be purchased at here. Product Close-Up Tama 40th Anniversary Superstar Reissue Snare A fitting tribute to the big, bold birch tones that defined the sound of the…

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Feb 21, 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

VIDEO! The Lindy Beat: The Grooviest of Early Rock Grooves (From the February 2015 Issue)

The following excerpt is taken from the February 2015 issue of Modern Drummer. Basics The Lindy Beat The Grooviest of Early Rock ’n’ Roll Grooves by Rich Redmond The classic rhythm we’re exploring this month has weathered the test of time…

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Jan 7, 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…

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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

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

Sound Percussion Labs Debuts Unity and Velocity Lines

Sound Percussion Labs, the evolution of the Sound Percussion brand, has a new look, a new logo, and a new line of drumkits, percussion, and hardware designed to meet the needs of beginners, students, and experienced professionals alike. The SPL…

Modern Drummer
Nov 27, 2014

Tama Announces Limited Edition Hyper–Drive Kits, Big Black Steel Snare Drum, and Cymbal Stand Packs

Tama has added its shallow-shelled Hyper-Drive configuration to the Starclassic Performer B/B to create the modern B/B EFX Hyper-Drive kit. Each six-piece configuration is available in a choice of two classic Delmar glass glitter finishes. Tama’s Sound Lab Project Big…

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Nov 20, 2014

Product Close-Up: Mapex Armory Series Drums

November 2014 Issue Product Close-Up Mapex Armory Series Drums Maple/birch shells, precise bearing edges, and a unique snare exchange program…at a midrange price? Yes, please! Mapex has been working hard to bring one-of-a-kind deals and pro-level features to the midrange…

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2014

Showroom: Spaun’s New Revolutionary Series Blends Old-School Sound and Modern Manufacturing

The Revolutionary series from Spaun features old-school style and sizes coupled with modern manufacturing techniques to produce a rich, full sound and unique look. These drums are built from 8-ply maple shells and have rounded bearing edges for a darker…

Modern Drummer
Oct 21, 2014

Enter to Win Glen Sobel’s Mapex Alice Cooper Touring Kit Plus More Great Prizes From Sabian, Gibraltar, Evans, and Regal Tip

  This is the kit Glen used on the 2012-13 Alice Cooper tour! The Mapex MyDentity set features 7-ply maple shells with 30-degree bearing edges and includes two 18x22 bass drums; 8x10, 9x12, and 10x13 mounted toms; two 16x16 floor…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2014