Play Fills Like Elvin Jones

April 2015 Edition


Jonesin’ to Get Some Elvin
in Your Playing?

John Xepoleas demonstrates ways to create high-energy, Elvin Jones-style triplet fills based on common jazz phrases.



Mutual Appreciation:
Peter Erskine and Tama
STAR Drums

“Tama STAR is, in my opinion, the finest drumset being made today. STAR drums sound amazing and are so rewarding to play. And Tama’s hardware is equally exquisite…very clever…a real joy to use.”
–Peter Erskine

Born from the most rigorous R&D effort ever mounted by the drum builder, Tama’s lead designers questioned and reexamined every detail of the status quo–including their own assumptions–on the road to introducing STAR drums and hardware.

Was it worth it?

How would you feel if you built the drums that make Peter Erskine smile?

Protect Those Platters!

See how Cymgard’s cymbal accessories keep your bronze safe — and, when you want, quiet.

VIDEO Drum Miking 101 Pt 2


Go Four It!

Last month MD electronics expert John Emrich captured killer sounds with three microphones. Now see what you can do by adding one more mic to your setup.

The Pros Are Switching to Carmichael Drum Thrones
Carmichael Drum ThroneCarmine Appice, Todd Sucherman, Shannon Larkin, and many more! Why? Our patented seat design greatly reduces pressure to the spine, tailbone, and pelvic floor, allowing you to rehearse, gig, and record for longer periods of time. Rock on with more comfort, energy, and style on Carmichael Drum Thrones and enjoy the benefits.

Say It, Play It: Pataflafla Builder

Bill Bachman on developing a challenging, colorful rudiment.

Gregg Bissonette and Abe Laboriel Jr.!

David Garfield & Creatchy Records thank you for many years of incredible work and friendship. It’s been an extreme pleasure watching both of you grow and excel in your musicianship and careers!

The album Giving Back by David Garfield features Gregg at his best playing with the great Vinnie Colaiuta.

Brotherly Love by Mike Porcaro features Gregg with Steve Gadd.

On Tribute to Jeff Gregg spearheaded a 21-drum salute to Jeff Porcaro, which included Abe Jr., Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Peter Erskine, Steve Jordan, Jim Keltner, and Simon Phillips. The track “Lowdown” features a nasty groove by Abe Jr. and was one of the most popular songs on the album.

Well, Isn’t That Special?

Listen to audio of the GMS Special Edition series drumset.

VIDEO Drum Miking 101 Pt 2

Zildjian t-Rigg

Attack Drum Heads

TAMA Superstar

Find Out What’s Happening in the Drumming Trenches with MD‘s Drummer Blogs

Translator's Dave Scheff Talks Past Influences and Upcoming ShowsTranslator’s Dave Scheff Talks Past Influences and Upcoming Shows

Though I’ve drummed my way across the spectrum, with acts as disparate as comedian Jerry Van Dyke, icon Joan Baez, and Dead Kennedys….Read the full post here.

Bayside's Chris Guglielmo Explains the Hits Between the HitsBayside’s Chris Guglielmo Explains the Hits Between the Hits

If you were to tell me less than ten years ago that I was going to grow up and be a drummer, I likely would have thought you were insane. There was not a musical bone in my body, I had never taken lessons or even expressed interest in doing so….Read the full post here.

Downtrend's J.D. Hall on Fusing Backwoods Heritage and MetalDowntrend’s J.D. Hall on Fusing Backwoods Heritage and Metal

Greetings, MD readers! My last blog was back in 2010 and much has happened since then. I am currently slamming the skins for the Pikeville, Kentucky-based hard rock/metal….Read the full post here.

Brutai's Mathieu BauerBrutai’s Mathieu Bauer

Hello world! Mathieu Bauer here, of the band Brutai. I am French and twenty-two years old, but most of all I am a drummer…. Read the full post here.

The Ultimate Training, Practice, and Warm-Up for Your Feet!

Would you like to improve your single, double, or hi-hat pedal technique, strength, speed, and endurance? Do you have difficulty finding the time or space for practicing your pedal chops? Or even warming up before the show? The Fütz Practice Pedal is the most compact, affordable, convenient, and versatile pedal on the planet. WFD world record holder Mike Mallais talks about how he benefited from using the Fütz for 3 years to contend and conquer the World’s Fastest Feet competition. His records still stand today. Click here to see Mike’s interview and feet in action!

• 1,034 strokes in 1 minute
• 4,595 strokes in 5 minutes
• 13,309 strokes in 15 minutes

Introduced in 2003, drummers are still raving and using these every day. Recommended by some of the top drummers and educators, like Thomas Lang, Rich Redmond, Mike Mangini, Carmine Appice, Johnny Rabb, Ndugu Chancler, and Dave Stanoch…the list goes on.

Certified Organic

See video of Zildjian’s 21″ K Custom Organic ride and 20″ K Constantinople Renaissance ride.

VIDEO Drum Miking 101 Pt 2

The Lift
The Lift“The Lift affected my positioning in a way that makes me feel more comfortable, and most importantly it changed the sound of my 22″ bass drum–I’ve been Lifted!”
–Will Kennedy

“I always use the the Lift on my 18″ drum.”
–Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez

The Lift works with 16″, 18″, 20″, 22″, and 24″ bass drums. View its benefits here.

Better sound–allows the beater to strike the drumhead at a more desirable position. Better projection–raises the bass drum to offer more room to resonate. Double pedal friendly–affords positioning of beaters to strike on both sides of center. Prevents wear to hoops–eliminates the attachment of the bass drum pedal to the drum hoop. Eliminates vibration–made of poly-filled nylon, eliminates vibration to the foot pedal. Affordably priced–priced for both the professional and enthusiast drummer.

Click here to order.

Can a Castle Be Conical?

Massachusetts-based craftsman David Cheney’s Castle brand features conical snare drums. Find out how they sound right here.

VIDEO Drum Miking 101 Pt 2

The May 2015 issu of Modern Drummer with Jojo Mayer

Vector Rimriser


The Footiments

Modern Drummer on Instagram


A Whole Lotta Zep, and Much More

Our May 2015 Spotify Playlist begins and ends with two classic tracks from the Encore-worthy Physical Graffiti double album. In between, there’s two more solid hours of drumming heaven.

Click here to listen.



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