News Archive


GIGGING AN ELECTRONIC DRUM KIT

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Have you recently started using an e-kit in a gigging band.  As this is still a relatively new approach to live drumming we thought it was a good idea to document our experiences along the way.  our weapon of choice is the Yamaha DTX750K.  The music is largely 80’s covers. If like most drummers...

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The London Drum Show is back

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The London Drum Show is back, returning to Olympia London on 12 & 13 November 2016. Discounted Early Bird tickets are now up for grabs from the website, so make sure to get yours today – offer ends 31 May 2016. We are thrilled to be able to announce the first artist confirmed for a live...

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SlapKlatz has introduced a new line of Pro Damper gels for drummers.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

The new packs feature six gels – two small (2cm), two medium (3cm) and two large (4cm) – which all fit inside the new Pro container. The different size gels are designed to offer handy options depending on the size of the drum and the amount of dampening required. Users can easily re-apply...

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Drum Workshop Inks Worldwide Distribution Deal With KickPort International

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Drum Workshop, Inc. has inked a deal for worldwide distribution, marketing and artist relations for KickPort International products. Drum Workshop, Inc. chief product officer, Don Lombardi, spearheaded the agreement that will have DW taking over operations for the line, while manufacturing arrangements...

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YAMAHA DRUMS DEBUTS STEVE WHITE CLINIC TOUR

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK) is immensely proud and delighted to announce its debut clinic tour with Steve White, renowned as one of the greatest and most influential British drummers of his generation. Steve White is visiting 8 leading UK drum dealer locations with Yamaha between 22nd May and 15th...

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‘Holy Grail’ Beatles record sold for £77,500 at auction

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

An extremely rare Beatles record found languishing in a loft has sold for £77,500 at auction. The 10-inch acetate of Till There Was You and Hello Little Girl from 1962 has been described as “a Holy Grail item”. It was the first Beatles disc to be cut before the band broke into the national...

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Playing drums not challenging enough? Throw in a backflip

Friday, March 25th, 2016

If you’re finding drilling your rudiments too straightforward and your limbs couldn’t be any more uncoupled, perhaps its time to try something demanding. Backflipping from one kit to another mid-performance, for instance.  If you’re more comfortable watching this sort of thing...

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Ex-Dream Theater titan Mike Portnoy shies from praise

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Despite all evidence to the contrary – numerous awards, legions of devoted muso fans, the actual, monstrous drumming – Mike Portnoy has confessed that he doesn’t consider himself to be a great drummer. Speaking to Spanish music news, the ex-Dream Theater drumming titan said, “All...

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Craig Blundell on drumming for Steven Wilson, technology, counting and more

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Progressive rock fans are some of the most loyal and discerning listeners in music. We’re sure fans of other genres of music will dispute that, but it would be a close debate. The music and the musicians that create it become deeply meaningful and important to those fans and when bands change members...

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Fay Milton: Savages’ Queen Beat

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Standing outside a café in Bethnal Green in East London, Fay Milton sips a cup of Redbush tea to ward off the foggy evening’s chill. As the drummer for all-female post-punk quartet Savages, she has had her hands full this week finalizing album art, video storyboarding, and of course, prepping for...

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Yamaha DTX532K Electronic Drum Kit

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The DTX532K features the DTX-PAD snare, plus real hi-hat and 3-zone cymbal pads that allow true drum playing techniques to be developed. Bass drum pedal not included with this kit. A selection of single and double bass drum pedals can be found here.

The...

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Roland PM-03 Drum Monitor

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

The newest addition to the V-Drums personal-monitor family is the PM-03. Slim and stylish, this space-saving monitor adds a new dimension of sound for V-Drummers — it’s the first 2.1-channel monitor in the PM series, providing a clean, clear stereo mage, plus low-frequency coverage. From thunderous...

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Roland announce New TD-11KV Special Edition drum kit

Friday, March 18th, 2016

There’s a new drum kit on the block. Landing at Roland dealers from March, the TD-11KV Special Edition is the third and newest member of the top-selling TD-11 V-Drums range. If you’re serious about your drumming and want an electronic drum kit that can match your technique, read our quick guide...

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HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF A BETTER DRUMMER

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

If you’ve watched “Whiplash” -then you know how much pressure there is to play drums, and play them well. You don’t have to be like the drummer in that movie and practice until your hands are blistered and bleeding to know when to mix it up with a song.

Reading sheet music could really...

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TURN YOUR WEAKNESSES INTO STRENGTHS AS A DRUMMER

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

If you’re like most drummers, playing with your non-dominant hand is the first thing to be considered as a weak point. Or, maybe you struggle with speed or timing consistency. No matter what your weakness is, the key to strengthening your playing skills, is intentionality.

Be intentional...

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