How To Apply Your Vocabulary To The Drum Kit In A Musical Fashion
Whenever we conduct a survey at DRUM! and ask readers what they want to learn a lot of them will say "jazz." It makes sense. The jazz drumset vocabulary can widen the capabilities of most drummers, but playing it well is a black hole in the skill set of many players. Now the prolific Donny Gruendler, a killer drummer and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, has written a new book that will help rock, pop, and R&B drummers get a better grip on jazz styles. is designed to help today's drummer learn the idiom quickly and efficiently, providing an in-depth study of how to authentically perform alongside a rhythm section within jazz's popular styles and forms.
This package includes a set of detailed charts, and each composition focuses on a particular musical form, drumset sound, solo concept, and comping approach. Genre relevant, drumset-based rudimental voicings, solo transcriptions, and simple brush patterns are also presented. After completing this study, the reader will be able to perform within a jazz ensemble - and sound like they belong there!
Jazz Drumming is part of the Essential Concepts series from Musicians Institute Press. The Essential Concepts series is designed from MI core curriculum programs, offering expert knowledge and experience for higher learning.
Jazz Drumming: How To Apply Your Vocabulary To The Drum Kit In A Musical Fashion. Hal Leonard Publishing. $19.95.
Glenn Kotche Video Endorses Unique ProMark Stick
What Glen Kotche calls his dream stick is actually an innovation he's been working on with ProMark for the past couple of years. And, it's featured in a new video from the company.
The ProMark Active Wave 570 is a hickory stick that features two innovations: the Wave Handle and ActiveGrip. The latter is a heat-activated coating that gets tackiers when a player's hands heat up and start to sweat. According to Kotche, he's a drummer who sweats a lot as he plays, and he was holding his stick too tight as a result. With the ActiveGrip he can be more relaxed and hold the stick with less tension.
The WaveHandle is a contoured handle that provides a comfortable place for all fingers and also improves the grip. The combination of the two features is great for drummers who need the help. The rest of the 570 is tailored to Kotche's needs. It's a long stick at 16 ¾" and has an acorn tip which he likes for cymbal articulation. And, it's a durable design. He says in two years of testing he's yet to break a stick. Cue the video.
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The Young Drummer of the Year competition is coming back for 2016
The renowned event shines a light on the finest drummers aged 16 and under, with past competitors including the likes of Dexter Hercules (Rita Ora), Paul Stanley Mckenzie (Gorillaz Sound System), Jen Ledger (Skillet), Brad Webb (Jamie Cullum) and Emily Dolan Davies (Bryan Ferry/The Darkness).Think you've got what it takes? To enter drummers must send a two-minute solo drum performance with a completed entry form which can be found at Young Drummer Of The Year.
Entries must be made between 1 October and 15 November. All drummers must be 16 years or younger on 7 February 2016.
Enter To Win Five Finger Death Punch Giveaway
Earlier this year, heavy metalheads Five Finger Death Punch announced they'd be heading back to the studio to record a new album. Flash forward to May 2, 2015, when they revealed the title of said album as Got Your Six, with a release date of August 28, 2015. After launching a preview of their single, "Jekyll and Hyde" (now at #4 on the Active Rock charts) in a special video message, FFDP leaked dates of a co-headling North American tour with Papa Roach, accompanied by In This Moment and From Ashes to New. The album release date has since been extended by a week, for a final drop on September 4, 2015.
Drummer Jeremy Spencer said of the new album in an interview, "I'm digging it, man. It's actually more brutal, with more extreme dynamics. There are some really mellow parts and then some really brutal parts. So we're running the whole gamut of sounds."
In tandem with the Got Your Six album release, FFDP is teaming up with DRUM! for an EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY including:
1. A signed drumhead bundle
2. Jeremy's Vater sticks
3. A copy of FFDP's Got Your Six
Want to win this Five Finger Death Punch giveaway? Enter HERE.
Sabian Announces 2015 PASIC Scholarship Winner
Sabian congratulates Liam Robbins of St. Johns, Newfoundland, winner of the 2015 SABIAN/PASIC Scholarship! In his second year at Memorial University, the fluently- bilingual Liam has won a number of academic awards and is also a former Canada Games athlete.
Liam has been playing percussion and drum set for over eight years, has studied piano and voice, and at a young age also played the cello with the Suzuki program. He found his love for percussion through the Gower Community Band at the age of eleven and has been playing and performing with them ever since. He has also played in the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the MUN wind ensemble and the MUN percussion ensemble known as the Scruncheons.
In addition to percussion, Liam enjoys rowing, running and downhill skiing. He was chosen to represent Newfoundland at the 2013 Canada Games with the Newfoundland Rowing team. Liam was selected by a distinguished selection committee made up of PAS Members Dr. Jill Ball (Faculty of Music, Western University), D’Arcy Gray (Principal Timpanist & Percussionist, WePlayOn) and Dr. Nick Papador (Music Department, University of Windsor).
The Sabian/PASIC Scholarship offers full-time Canadian Percussion majors the opportunity to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In addition to the all-expenses-paid travel to PASIC, Liam will also receive a ticket to the PASIC Hall of Fame reception, a PASIC t-shirt and a 1-year membership to PAS.