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VIDEO LESSON! Elvin Jones–Style Triplet Fills, Part 3

The excerpt below is taken from the complete article that appears in the July 2015 issue, which is available here. Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Elvin Jones–Style Triplet Fills Part 3: More Two-Bar Patterns by John Xepoleas Welcome to the third and…

Modern Drummer
May 28, 2015

Drum Soloist: Solid Soloing, Part 1: Connecting Ideas With Glue Stickings (December 2014 Issue)

by James Murphy Welcome to the first installment of a short series on gaining freedom and flow while soloing. Many of us have struggled with the ability to play a solo freely and musically without the constant burden of thinking…

Modern Drummer
Oct 31, 2014

Australian Drummer Simon Barker’s “Three Streams???

Australian Drummer Simon Barker on his Solo Composition “Three Streams” “Here in Australia we’re very fortunate to be able to experience numerous incredible drumming traditions developed throughout Asia and the Pacific,” says Barker. “And I really love trying to play…

Modern Drummer
Jul 30, 2013

Buddy Rich: Style & Analysis

Buddy’s Best by Steve Fidyk Buddy Rich was the first jazz drummer I saw perform live as a kid, and experiencing his intensity in a club at such a young age left a deep impression on me. It’s an understatement…

Modern Drummer
Oct 17, 2012

Florian Alexandru-Zorn’s Tasteful Drum Solo

Modern Drummer Education Team member and noted brush expert Florian Alexandru-Zorn recently recorded a nice drum solo displaying his deft skills with—of all things—drumsticks. You can watch the video below. Then be sure to check out Florian’s Brush Workshop video series…

Modern Drummer
Sep 18, 2012

Roger Humphries Playing with Horace Silver

Check out this great video of drummer Roger Humphries playing with Horace Silver and his 5tet performing The Natives are Restless Tonight in 1964. Roger was featured in the May 2011 issue of Modern Drummer. Purchase print back issues or download for…

Modern Drummer
Feb 29, 2012

Han Bennink: Things No Drummer Has Ever Done

In his video, Solo, Dutch phenomenon Han Bennink does things no drummer has ever done in any performance, much less on video. Han ties ropes around a drumset and then crashes the drums and cymbals together like dominoes spinning in…

Modern Drummer
Dec 14, 2009

What Do You Know About Gary Husband

What Do You Know About Gary Husband? Check out this clip of Gary playing a drum solo.  

Modern Drummer
Jul 17, 2009