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.