80s Snare Drum Sound Explained

Do you listen to 80s music? The 80s music channel is my favorite on Pandora. Growing up in the 80s and learning how to play drum set to Huey Lewis and News, I always wondered how to tune my snare drum the way I heard on recordings. This video explains how gated reverb became the iconic 80s snare drum sound.

For some audio examples of gated reverb, check out this Spotify playlist that Vox.com compiled.

David Garibaldi’s Most Important Beat

Drumeo is a great resource for drummers. The site features hours of video content by the world’s top drum set artists. Their tagline is “Learn Anything On The Drums with The World’s Best Teachers.” David Garibaldi, legendary drummer with Tower of Power, shows the “King Kong Beat” and how it influenced his playing. Check it out and download the PDF. What is the most important beat you ever learned? Leave a comment below so we can check it out.

Drumset Education: An Inside View of “Brother to Brother”

VicFirth.com is a great educational resource for percussionists. Their educational videos feature mallet, drumset, marching and percussion instruments. There is something for everyone, including the Mallet Literature Library which has already been featured on Percussion Education.

This post features a new series on jazz drumming with the AHA! Trio (Steve Houghton, Steve Allee and Jeremy Allen). (more…)

Frank Zappa’s The Black Page #1 & #2

The Black Page first appeared on Zappa In New York in 1978. Terry Bozzio recounts how the Black Page was written:

He wrote it, because we had done this 40-piece orchestra gig together and he was always hearing the studio musicians in LA, that he was musing on that, talking about the fear of going into sessions some morning and being faced with “the black page”. So he decided to write his “Black Page”. Then he gave it to me, and I could play parts of it right away. (more…)

Neil Peart plays Tom Sawyer

I always enjoy finding hidden gems on the internet. A while ago, I posted the drumset audio track of Jeff Porcaro playing Rosanna. What an iconic groove! In today’s post, I want to share another fantastic drumset audio track by legend Neil Peart. This track features his drumming on Tom Sawyer. Are there any tracks you have heard that you would like to share with the community? Please leave a comment below and I will post them.

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