Rudiments On Conga Ready For Download
Drum Channel is proud to announce the immediate availability of Rudiments On Congas, new drum education content featuring world-renowned drummer and percussionist Alex Acuña (Weather Report, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and more). Rudiments On Congas contains nearly two hours of lesson material featuring the master discussing and demonstrating how drumset drummers can quickly become conga drummers by applying traditional drum rudiments to congas drums. During the unique series of 13 lessons, Alex covers topics such as single strokes, double strokes, rolls, paradiddles and flams and drags— giving drummers a foundation to expand their technical and musical skills.
Danny Carey To Sub For Primus In September
Rolling Stone Magazine is reporting today that Tool drummer Danny Carey will sub for a couple of gigs in September while Tim “Herb" Alexander continues to recover from heart surgery. Claypool reportedly said,”The great Herbinator has undergone his surgery and has come out with flying colors, but alas, it will be weeks before he can man the Primus percussion helm."
Alexander recently completed an interview with DRUM! and will be on the magazine's November cover, his first appearance there in more than fifteen years.
For more on the story, visit Rolling Stone.
Tim discussed the upcoming Primus reunion a year ago in DRUM!
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Chart-Topping Drum Fills
From The '60s Through Today
Dawn Richardson is no stranger to DRUM!'s audience. As the drummer for 4-Non Blondes and later for a host of artists such as Tracy Chapman Dawn has purveyed a stylish, solid rhythm for more than two decades. She also is the author of several earlier books including Kids Rock Drum Method, Beginning Rock Chart poster, and Block Rockin' Beats, which focused on funk, hip-hop, jungle, and drum 'n' bass patterns. Now she's back with Chart Topping Drum Fills, which is as the name says, a good exploration of the best fills from a variety of songs.
The book covers 100 fills in all, from the Beatles to modern artists such as Foo Fighters and Offspring. The book is designed around sequential lessons, so you are not only developing the vocabulary of fills, you're also learning the skills necessary to play each fill, and the ability to call on it when you need it. Altogether, there are 200 coordination exercises in addition to the fills.
Chart Topping Drum Fills includes your choice of an e-book ($11.99) or a printed version ($14.99) plus a compete video course. With the video course companion you can see and hear Dawn play every single fill in the book, while benefitting from her instruction. ChartTopping Drum Fills is available here.
Idris Muhammad's Powerful Soul Drumming Finally Stilled
Idris Muhammad, legendary New Orleans drummer who held the drum chair for Ahmad Jamal for two decades and had an impact in styles as diverse as acid jazz, hip-hop, funk, pop, and traditional jazz, passed away Tuesday July 29, 2014.
Idris was one of the greats of New Orleans drumming, a club that includes Herlin Riley, Ed Blackwell, Zigaboo Modeliste, Johnny Vidacovich, and other innovators of jazz and funk. Muhammad, who was born as Leo Morris November 13, 1939, converted to Islam in the mid-‘60s. He once said that after that his drumming career and everything else in life fell into place. He married Dolores “LaLa” Brooks, who had been a member of the Crystals, in 1966. They had two children.
Muhammad will be greatly remembered for his role in the development of soul jazz playing on records by artists such as Lou Donaldson. His solo records such as 1974’s Power of Soul or 1998’s Right Now, reveal his command of a stripped-down, soulful, funky, and rock-solid metronomic style that was widely sampled and widely copied. He also played with a broad range of pop and jazz stars from Roberta Flack to Sam Cooke, to Pharaoh Sanders. He played on hundreds of recordings from jazz classics to pop hits such as the Dixie Cups "Chapel of Love." He got his start as a sixteen-year old when he recorded with Randy Weston in 1955 and continued playing right through this decade