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Bass Drum Technique By Colin Bailey

  DVD LEVEL: ALL $24.99 Aspiring drummers of all ages should note that jazzman Colin Bailey has transferred knowledge from his acclaimed book, Bass Drum Control, to video. Beneath Bailey’s mild-mannered British accent lurks a monster right foot. The lessons…

Jun 5, 2012

Gretsch Brooklyn Series

Gretsch Brooklyn Series Drumset and Snares by Michael Dawson From 1883 until 1970, the Gretsch factory was based in Brooklyn, New York. These days, all Gretsch USA Custom drums are handcrafted in a facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina, but to…

May 16, 2012

Swingin’ the Clave: Advanced Exercises for Developing Independence (VIDEO)

July 2012 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Swingin’ the Clave Advanced Exercises for Developing Independence by Steve Fidyk In jazz, the ride cymbal is the focal point for creating a flowing, swinging time feel. In Afro-Cuban music, the clave assumes this role.…

May 16, 2012

Rock & Jazz Clinic: Brush Workshop, Part 4 (VIDEO)

May 2012 Rock & Jazz Clinic Brush Workshop Part 4: Rudiments by Florian Alexandru-Zorn Almost every drummer practices the rudiments—with sticks. If you’re serious about learning how to use brushes, why not also practice the rudiments with them? This article…

Mar 20, 2012

Provenance Cast-Aluminum Snare

Provenance Cast-Aluminum Snare by Michael Dawson The U.K.-based Provenance Drums makes one-of-a-kind instruments out of recycled top-grade aluminum culled from discarded high-performance machines, like the engine of a Jaguar sports car, a NASA rocket, or, in the case of this…

Mar 19, 2012

Gibraltar 9608-2T 2-Tone Compact Saddle Seat Throne

Gibraltar 9608-2T 2-Tone Compact Saddle Seat Throne by Miguel Monroy Gibraltar has continued to assert itself as one of the industry’s most consistent manufacturers of durable and rugged hardware. The company recently brought us new innovations such as the Quad…

Mar 19, 2012

Zildjian 13" A Pocket Hi-Hats and 21" A Custom 20th Anniversary Ride

Zildjian 13" A Pocket Hi-Hats and 21" A Custom 20th Anniversary Ride by Michael Dawson New additions to Zildjian’s all-purpose A and A Custom lines include a set of super-funky and articulate 13" Pocket hi-hats and a limited edition 21"…

Mar 19, 2012

Mapex Saturn Special Edition Studioease Drumset

Mapex Saturn Special Edition Studioease Drumset by Michael Dawson The Saturn series is a line of high-end drums designed for professional touring and studio drummers alike. Whereas Mapex’s other high-end line, Orion, is built exclusively with North American maple shells,…

Mar 19, 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…

Mar 19, 2012

Fidock Blackwood Snares

Fidock Die-Cast, Wood Hoop, and Slotless Blackwood Snare Drums by David Ciauro Australian drumsmith Stephan Fidock’s handcrafted pieces are the drumming equivalent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, in that they embody the beauty of the environment from which they came.…

Feb 15, 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…

Jan 31, 2012

Concepts: The CRASH Course to Success, Part 1: Commitment

March 2012 Concepts The CRASH Course to Success Part 1: Commitment by Rich Redmond What does it take to be a successful working drummer? Commitment. Commitment is the word for the first letter in an acronym I created, CRASH, to…

Jan 31, 2012

Wavemachine Labs Drumagog 5

March 2012 Electronic Review Wavemachine Labs Drumagog 5 by Butch Jones Since its inception, Drumagog has been one of the top choices for drum repair work because of its ability to accurately detect hits and then trigger samples from an…

Jan 31, 2012

In The Pocket: Advanced Shuffle

February 2012 In The Pocket Advanced Shuffle by Jim Payne Here are the demo videos that accompany some of the exercises from my article on advanced shuffles.        

Dec 29, 2011

Rock & Jazz Clinic: Brush Workshop, Part 3 (VIDEO)

February 2012 Rock & Jazz Clinic Brush Workshop Part 3: Linear Motion by Florian Alexandru-Zorn Many drummers think that brushes can only be used in jazz, but if you’ve been following this series, and practicing the various patterns in each…

Dec 13, 2011