July 2012 Issue Of DRUM! Magazine

July 2012 Issue of DRUM! Magazine


32 Mike Portnoy

Newly independent from the band he helmed for a quarter century, the majestic one — aka Mr. 420 aka The Prince Of Prog — is always two steps ahead of his fans, just the way they like it.
By Andrew Lentz

44 Butch Vig

After putting his stamp on the ’90s grunge aesthetic then bashing his way to alt-rock fame, the Garbage man is still making magic with a pair of mikes and four walls.
By Sam Pryor

55 Snare Drum Tune-Up

Forever searching for that elusive snare sound cracking around in your head? These tips will help you play the sounds you long for.
By Brad Schlueter


63 Tatsuya Nakatani

The avant-garde percussionist turns a pawn-shop kit into a vehicle for interstellar overdrive.
By Tom Dill

70 Product Test

Tycoon Cajon Conga
By Gary Gardner

72 Lessons

Taku Hirano employs his thumb for that elusive tambourine roll. Richie Gajate Garcia tests out some odd-time Latinesque beats.


77 12 Ways To Befriend Your Enemy: The Drum Machine
By Norm Weinberg


82 Roland DT-1 Drum Tutor Software
By Dave Constantin


84 Taye ParaSonic Kit
By Brad Schlueter

86 Gibraltar Turning Point Hardware
By AJ Donahue


91 Drum Parts: John Tempesta

The Cult drummer reveals the beat blueprint on “For The Animals&rdqup; from new release Choice Of Weapon.
By David Weiss

99 Lessons

Wally Schnalle works to increase your snare-comping vocabulary. Billy Martin gets clap happy. Matt Byrne drills home the importance of swing.


25 Brent Fitz

For Slash’s drummer, it’s hard-rock heaven every single day.
By Andrew Lentz

29 Josh Collazo

Swinging fast and loose with Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
By Diane Gershuny

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