Whether you’re a seasoned pro or simply in your middle school jazz band, at some point you have to tackle jazz standards, and it’s always helpful to brush up (ba-dum-tss) on learning these tunes. Check out Part 1 of Modern Drummer’s “Approaching Standards” workshop.
Modern Drummer is gathering the list of the 50 greatest drummers of all time and they want your $.02! They’re letting you vote for your personal top 10 drummer choices. The top 50 names will make up the list.
Ahhh.. democracy. You can bet we’ll cover the list when it’s released early next year.
Modern Drummer is holding a drawing for some pretty great gear totaling up to $15,000 from RBH Drum Co., TRX Cymbals Gibraltar, Audix and more! But you better hurry, the contest ends Aug 31!
From Modern Drummer
Imagine the day finally comes when you get to purchase your dream drumset. You’ve been researching the characteristics of different species of wood, you’ve thought of the coolest color, and you have the exact sizes figured out. As you place the specs for your ideal set in front of your local drum dealer, the last thing you want to be told is that he or she has no idea how to make it all possible. This is exactly the type of situation that Dixon hopes to resolve with its Artisan series.
From Modern Drummer:
What makes a great drum book? There’s no single answer, as different books have been written to address a wide variety of styles and techniques. But judging by a recent poll in which Modern Drummer readers were asked to name their favorite volumes, a few characteristics stand out.
Now, Modern Drummer is available as a download on your iOS device!
Part 1: Communication and Form
It’s important to make regular eye contact with the other musicians when playing in an ensemble. In particular, focus on the bass player and keyboardist, as they-along with you-comprise the rhythm section. Your center of time and overall feel will be enhanced when you lock-in with them.
Sign Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake for a pro sports contract. He can’t stay healthy! The Swedish band announced this month that they are cancelling several Scandinavian shows due Haake’s unhealthy back and right leg. Haake was forced to sit out part of Meshuggah’s tour last year due to shoulder problems. At this point, one wonders why this keeps happening. Suppose it’s due to poor posture or technique? It is possible. Perhaps he’s just chronically injured. At any rate, Meshuggah should at least be discussing what to do about this recent development as it relates to the band’s future. Cancelling shows or finding a replacement drummer once a year doesn’t seem like viable option for a successful band like Meshuggah.
Source: Harmony Central
For drummers who are serious about becoming better players, the first steps are to study the masters and learn to “play for the music.” Off The Record, by Ed Breckenfeld (Modern Drummer Publications), is an exciting new book and DVD-ROM multi-media package designed to help drummers do both. The collection of lessons from one of Modern Drummer’s most popular columns showcases more than 500 drum tracks by the world’s most important, influential, and inspiring drum artists – defining just what great drumming is all about.
The innovative educational bundle is recommended as a supplement to lessons and self-study for drummers of all levels. It includes a 120-page book with note-perfect transcriptions of isolated drum patterns with in-depth analysis of how they were created to fit the style, context, and structure of the song. It also includes a bonus DVD-ROM that contains nearly 180 MP3 tracks recorded using advanced software and techniques to emulate the sound, feel, dynamics, groove, and intensity of the original drum parts.
These recent developments represent an ongoing pledge to our readers and the drum industry,”explains Modern Drummer associate publisher Tracy Kearns. “Since Ron Spagnardi first began publishing Modern Drummer in 1977, we have been dedicated not just to covering the drumming community, but delivering this information in a variety of ways that serve the needs of players, students, teachers, dealers, manufacturers, and distributors. The digital age is here. Call it revolution or evolution, Modern Drummer continues to be on the leading edge.
Unfortunately there are a few blunders that MD is making. The site redesign is simply terrible and looks woefully amateur. Why would a company with one of the best designed magazines have such a sloppy, hacked together looking web presence? It’s as if the art departments for the site and mag didn’t work together at all. I feel that any company’s website should reflect the tone, attitude, and style of their physical counterpart, but the new MD.com is nowhere near the polish of the mag. Read more…