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1,000 Ways to Practice a Single Page - Part 1: Introducing the Method

 This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the March 2017 issue, which is available here. Strictly Technique 1,000 Ways to Practice a Single Page Part 1: Introducing the Method by Libor Hadrava I’ve always wanted a…

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Jan 31, 2017

VIDEO LESSON: Build a Beat! A Step-by-Step Approach

This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the September 2015 issue, which is available here. Basics Build a Beat! A Step-by-Step Approach to Creating Unique and Interesting Grooves by Rich Redmond Over the years, my experiences…

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Jul 30, 2015

VIDEO LESSON! Strictly Technique: Pataflafla Builder

This post is excerpted from the complete article that appears in the May 2015 issue. Strictly Technique Pataflafla Builder Exercises for Developing a Challenging Yet Musical Rudiment by Bill Bachman One of the most beneficial of the forty PAS rudiments…

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Mar 31, 2015

Quiet Down Your Practice With Cymbomute Cymbal Mutes

A Cymbomute cymbal mute fits around the rim of a cymbal and is held in place by its own tension. These devices are available for any size and type of cymbal, so an entire setup can be muted no matter…

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Jun 10, 2014

VIDEO! The 45-Minute Practice Routine: Get Organized to Optimize Your Time Behind the Kit (January 2014 Issue) by Mike Johnston When I sit back and think about the thousands of questions I’ve been asked by students in my eighteen-year career as a drum teacher and clinician, I would have to say that at least 80 percent…

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Dec 3, 2013

VIDEO! Strictly Technique: Hairtas (June 2010 Issue) by Bill Bachman The “hairta” isn’t one of the PAS forty rudiments, but it’s an extremely useful rudiment. Technically speaking, it’s very simple to play. All of the strokes should be played as relaxed free strokes (or full or…

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Sep 30, 2013

Mind Matters: A+ Practice, C- Performance

The following is an excerpt from the Modern Drummer book Mind Matters: Overcoming Common Mental Barriers in Drumming, by Bernie Schallehn. A+ Practice, C- Performance Q: In the past year I got a chance to play with two different “name” performers. The…

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Mar 7, 2012

Teacher’s Forum: Don’t Give Up Too Soon

Our Job Isn’t Just to Turn Out Professional Musicians by Rick Mattingly As I look back over my years of private teaching, I am proud that several of my former students have been successful in pursuing music careers. Some majored…

Modern Drummer
Dec 21, 2011

Original Scorpions Drummer Herman Rarebell

I thought for a long time about what an old fart like me can tell all you young drummers out there. Here is one thing I know for sure: Practice makes the master! Or as we say in Germany, “Uebung…

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Sep 21, 2010

Branden Morgan of Misery Signals

Hey, all! First, I want to take this time to thank the guys at Modern Drummer for having me in mind at all to write something for such an amazing publication. It's a true honor, and there's tons of guys…

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Sep 3, 2008