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Episode 126: Weak Hand Exercises, Questlove, Meinl Pure Alloy Hi-Hats, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike share some of their favorite exercises for developing strength, speed, and control with the weaker hand. The featured artist is hip-hop drumming pioneer Questlove, who’s best known for his work with the Roots and…

Modern Drummer
Jan 19, 2018

Video Lesson! Bass Drum Development with Mike Johnston

This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the November 2015 issue, which is available here. Rock & Jazz Clinic Bass Drum Development 4 Focused Exercises for Building Raw Speed by Mike Johnston One of the most…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2015

News: Meinl Drum Festival Donates to Charitable Purposes

Meinl has decided to donate the proceeds from the ticket sales of the 2015 Meinl Drum Festival and voluntary contributions to two charitable organizations, totaling 20,000 Euros. Percussion instruments worth 10,000 Euros will be donated to the Danilo Perez Foundation…

Modern Drummer
Sep 19, 2015

VIDEO LESSON: Grooving in Form, Part 2: AABC

This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the September 2015 issue, which is available here. Rock & Jazz Clinic Grooving in Form Part 2: AABC by Mike Johnston In our previous lesson (July 2015), we learned…

Modern Drummer
Jul 30, 2015

Rock & Jazz Clinic: Grooving in Form, Part 1: AABA Beats (VIDEO)

The excerpt below is taken from the complete article that appears in the July 2015 issue, which is available here. Rock & Jazz Clinic Grooving in Form Part 1: AABA Beats by Mike Johnston One of the first things you learn…

Modern Drummer
May 29, 2015

Showroom: Meinl Byzance Extra Dry Dual Cymbals

The new Byzance Extra Dry Dual cymbals feature a contrast between Extra Dry and Brilliant finishes combined with a unique mix of hammering and lathing. The dual playing zones offer a thick center for riding and a thinner edge for…

Modern Drummer
Mar 22, 2015

Meinl Percussion at NAMM 2015 (VIDEO)

In this video from NAMM 2015, Meinl’s German Baratto gives us the rundown on many of the new Meinl hand percussion instruments that are available for 2015. First up are new finishes for the Headliner Designer, Woodcraft, and Traditional String…

Modern Drummer
Feb 25, 2015

Meinl Cymbals at NAMM 2015 (VIDEO)

In this video from NAMM 2015, Meinl’s Norbert Saemann takes us on a tour of the new cymbals available from Meinl this year. There are four new sizes in the Byzance Extra Dry series for the model called Byzance Dual,…

Modern Drummer
Feb 24, 2015

News: Tenth-Anniversary Meinl Drum Festival Lineup Announced!

The tenth-anniversary Meinl Drum Festival will take place June 27, 2015, in Gutenstetten, Germany, and will feature a lineup of world-renowned drummers. Luke Holland, known on YouTube as LukeHollandDrums, is best known for his drum covers and for being the…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 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: Check Out Meinl’s Bamboo Multi-Stick Collection!

New from Meinl is the Bamboo Multi-Stick collection consisting of three different pairs. Each Multi-Stick is made in Germany from hand-selected bamboo and provides a different playing feel and new sound options for the cajon and other percussion instruments. A…

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2014

Showroom: Meinl Introduces Cajon Brush Collection and Four-Inch Kneepad

Meinl’s new cajon brush collection consists of three different pairs. The 14.25" Classic cajon brush creates a musical spread by delivering heavy, full strokes with a slightly mellow attack. Features include a thicker set of rippled polymer bristles and wavy…

Modern Drummer
Nov 24, 2014

Enter to Win Mike Johnston's Dream Giveaway!

• Gretsch Renown Four Piece Drum Set in Vintage Pearl Finish (10",12" toms, 16" floor, 22" bass drum) / Gretsch Brushed Brass Snare Drum (5.5" x 14") • Meinl Byzance Cymbal Setup - 14" hats, 21" ride, two 18" crashes,…

Modern Drummer
Sep 1, 2014

Meinl Introduces Classics Custom Dark Hi-Hats and Dark Crashes!

Following the release of the Classics Custom Dark ride, Meinl cymbals introduces the Classics Custom Dark hi-hat and Dark crashes. The 14" Dark hi-hat has a bright and warm stick response combined with a tight and pronounced chick sound. The…

Modern Drummer
Jul 7, 2014