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Such Gold’s Matt Covey Deconstructs “Faced??? from The New Sidewalk

Hello, MD readers! “Faced” should feel like a sophisticated pop song cloaked in the sounds and forward-motion of a melodic hardcore punk band. In other words, we strived to use the sound of fury in the service of craft songwriting.…

Modern Drummer
Nov 21, 2014

VIDEO! The Kick Hiccup: Boost Your Groove With Quick Bass Drum Doubles (From the November 2014 Issue)

November 2014 Basics The Kick Hiccup Boost Your Groove With Quick Bass Drum Doubles by Rich Redmond Drummers all over the world have been hip to the kick hiccup for years. First popularized by Carmine Appice with Vanilla Fudge and…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2014

VIDEO! Aaron Comess and the Spin Doctors Live in NYC On November 23, 2013, Modern Drummer hosted a special evening with the Spin Doctors and drummer Aaron Comess at the Cutting Room in New York City. The night began with NYC radio personality Maria Milito of Q104.3 introducing a…

Modern Drummer
Sep 4, 2014

VIDEO! Power Triplets: Putting the Roll in Your Rock (From the October 2014 Issue)

October 2014 Basics Power Triplets Putting the Roll in Your Rock by Rich Redmond These exercises are inspired by the master jazz drummer Elvin Jones. In Elvin’s world, everything was a triplet. Inspired by the rhythms of Africa, he had…

Modern Drummer
Sep 3, 2014

Drumerica Announces 2014 Contest Finalists

Videos to be posted at   Drumerica, the National Contest For Young Drummers, has announced the names of the 18 finalists in this year’s competition. They are: • Swing/Blues (Groove Essentials Track #23): Chris Chandler • Latin (Groove Essentials…

Modern Drummer
Aug 27, 2014

VIDEO! Syncopation Revisited, Part 5: Brazilian Applications

September 2014 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Syncopation Revisited Part 4: Brazilian Applications by Steve Fidyk We continue our series on ways to interpret the classic Ted Reed book Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by applying Brazilian rhythms and…

Modern Drummer
Aug 11, 2014

Drumerica Entry Deadline Extended To 12:01 AM, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Due to the high number of late submissions, the deadline to enter the Drumerica National Contest For Young Drummers has been extended to 12:01 AM, Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Players can still visit, download one of the jazz, rock,…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2014

Tim Kane The Lesson of a Lifetime: Inside a Live Tutorial with Famed Drummer/Composer Stewart Copeland (VIDEO)

  Following a two-hour private drum lesson awarded by composer and multi-instrumentalist Stewart Copeland to one very lucky local high school student, the founder of world famous rock band the Police openly wondered why his celebrity status keeps growing. The…

Modern Drummer
Jul 28, 2014

VIDEO! A Ringo Tribute: With a Little Help From Our Friends

A few fellow drummers recently stopped by to say “thank you” to Ringo Starr for all the years of brilliant drumming. Be sure to check our complete tribute series at

Modern Drummer
Jul 24, 2014

Video! Drumming Great Jim Keltner Q&A Session at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp

Modern Drummer's Billy Amendola sat down with legendary drummer Jim Keltner at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which took place in November of 2013, to have a conversation about Ringo Starr, the Traveling Wiiburys, recording with George Harrison,…

Modern Drummer
Jul 22, 2014

Anup Sastry Videos: “Ephemeral??? and “The Escape??? by Intervals

Intervals drummer Anup Sastry, who we profile in the July 2014 of Modern Drummer magazine—get it here—was kind enough to share two exclusive play-along tracks with us. “Writing drums for Intervals is a lot of fun,” says Anup. “Guitarist Aaron…

Modern Drummer
Jul 8, 2014

VIDEO! Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Syncopation Revisited, Part 3: 5/4 Applications (From the August 2014 Issue)

by Steve Fidyk We continue this month with more ways to interpret Ted Reed’s classic book Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer. This time we’ll be converting the written manuscript from its original 4/4 form to 5/4 time.…

Modern Drummer
Jul 7, 2014

VIDEO! Keith Urban's Chris McHugh Interview (Parts 1 & 2)

In part 1 of this video interview Modern Drummer goes behind the scenes of Keith Urban's "Light The Fuse" tour 2014 with powerhouse drummer Chris McHugh. Chris talks about his first drumkit, recording in the session scene, Jeff Porcaro, and…

Modern Drummer
Jul 1, 2014

VIDEO! Rhythmic Displacement Essentials: Milking the Most From the Money Beats (From the August 2014 Issue)

by Rich Redmond One of the frameworks of my drumming philosophy is mastering what I call the “money beats.” These are the five grooves that are used time and time again to make the world laugh, cry, and dance. They…

Modern Drummer
Jun 24, 2014