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30 Disciples Of Bonzo

More than a dozen top drummers pick their favorite Led Zeppelin track (including transcription) and explain why John Bonham still rules.

48 Jason Bittner

The Shadows Fall drummer comes to Anthrax’s rescue, but he’s got far bigger challenges than the occasional sub gig.

61 Alex Van Halen Hotlicks

Notation and analysis for nine of Van Halen’s biggest hits. We want some too.

HAND DRUM!

69 Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti

With his transcendent voice, an embrace of DJ culture, and a dhol, the Punjabi percussionist has everything he needs to achieve nirvana.
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74 Product Test

The Dube. An approach to the cajon from every side.

76 Lessons

Taku Hirano shows how to out-machine the machines. Comping is easy with songo patterns, says Richie Gajate-Garcia.

PLUGGED IN

79 Monitor Level Calibration

The Secret Of Pro Mix Engineers

83 Dialed In

New E-Gear From Simmons, Roland, and Drumdrops.

SOUND LAB

84 Ddrum Paladin Drum Set

86 Bosphorus Samba Series Cymbals

PRACTICE PAD

92 Drum Parts: Chris Prescott

Decoding the pulse on “Proceed To Memory” from Pinback’s new album.

99 Lessons

Danny Gottlieb on reading jazz figures. Rich Redmond’s tips for double bass power fills.

VIBE

27 Martin “Marthus” Škaroupka

The Cradle Of Filth drummer scares us — but in the best possible way.

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