Product Spotlight – Meinl Pure Alloy Custom Cymbals

We check out the incredible new Pure Alloy Custom Cymbals from Meinl!

What does a classic cymbal mean to you? Would it be fully lathed or have visible hammer marks? Pinpoint definition or a smooth, mellow feel?

What if you could check ALL of those boxes?

This is Meinl Pure Alloy Custom.

A timeless voice with clarity, cut and shimmer, these cymbals have an added dose of flexibility, smoothness and warm wash to give you both a classic shine AND modern mellowness.

Meinl Pure Alloy Custom tech specs

  • Smoked bronze finish top brings out visible hammer marks
  • Brilliant finish underside
  • Fully lathed top and bottom
  • Pure Alloy bronze
  • Precision hammered into shape
  • Medium-thin weight for more give
  • Classic tone with modern abilities
  • Made in Germany

The particular cymbals we used in this video were the 15in Pure Alloy Custom Medium Thin Hi-Hats, the 18in Pure Alloy Custom Thin Crash, 18in Pure Alloy Custom Trash Crash and the 22in Pure Alloy Custom Medium Thin Ride

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5 Times Joey Jordison Was The Greatest!

RIP, Joey Jordison

Joey Jordison is one of the most influential drummers of our time. As one of the founding members of metal band Slipknot, Joey inspired a generation of drummers to pick up sticks for the first time with his incredible technical ability and unmatchable power and speed. Another disasterous blow to the drumming industry, so we picked out 5 times Joey was simply the GREATEST!

Slipknot – Joey Jordison Drum cam – Disasterpiece [Live at London 2002]

People complain about wearing masks going into shops, but Slipknot were doing it before it was the law…and playing CRAZY fast metal music while doing it! Here’s Disasterpiece from London 2002, all from Joeys drum cam!

Korn ft. Joey Jordison – Blind [Live at Rock am Ring 2007]

It wasn’t unlike Joey to be a sideman/stand-in from time to time, and his performance with Korn in 2007 proves Joey doesn’t need to hide behind a mask to put on a drumming CLINIC!

Slipknot – Eyeless Live

Two things about this video that are sensational:

  1. Joeys speed and technical ability
  2. THAT HAIR SPIN!!

Metallica ft. Slipknot – Enter Sandman Joey Jordison

Another stand-in gig for Joey, this time with the LEGENDARY Metallica! Opinions about Lars aside, Joey absolutely made sure to stay in his lane playing this song…and did so IMPECCABLY.

Joey Jordison Drum Solo [LIVE]

It’s one thing to perform a drum solo infront of a massive crowd, it’s another entirely to do it while your drum riser is MOVING!! This shows not only that Joey is a phenomenal drummer, but also he’s an incredible showman!

Joey will go down in drumming history as one of the most expressive, powerful and influential drummers of all time, he’ll be deeply missed by drummers and Slipknot fans alike. He’ll be sorely missed.

What is your favourite Joey Jordison performance?

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Getting The BEST From Your Yamaha EAD10 w/Simon Edgoose

“Getting The BEST From Your Yamaha EAD10 Drum System!”

Find out all the tips and tricks from Simon Edgoose! The Yamaha EAD10 is essentially, the future inside two boxes. It instantly transforms your acoustic drum kit into a powerful digital/electronic hybrid with sampled sounds and studio quality digital effects. It allows you to play and record your acoustic drums along with your favourite artists from your music library or from tracks from your friends and share them digitally.

With the free iOS App you can shoot, edit and upload videos of your drum performances. The EAD10 enhances every aspect of your drumming – the way you practice, record and perform live and makes your acoustic drums do more.

We’re hosting this FREE online masterclass with Simon Edgoose on
Thursday, 29th July at 5:15pm BST on our Facebook Page!

About Simon:

Simon is a bit of a wizard when it comes to e-drum technology, having spent the last 15+ years being a consultant and demonstrator for some of the biggest brands in the drumming industry.This knowledge has lead Simon to get the call from the likes of Yamaha, U2, Kylie Minogue, Take That and of course, Drummers Only to solve any technical issues. We talk to Simon about electronics, what it’s like being a consultant for major brands, and how to get the BEST from your electronic drums!

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Drummers Only Radio #50 – Jost Nickel

Jost Nickel is a German drummer, composer and educator. His style is credited to be part of the “golden age” of drummers from Germany, with friends like Benny Greb, Anika Niles (a former student of his), and Marco Minnemann to name a few. His name appears within the credits on many hit records, but it’s not just being a top-class session drummer that fills all his time. Jost is also a fantastic drum educator, having released three educational books to critical acclaim! He is a Meinl & Sonor artist, with his signature Jost Nickel snare released in 2019.

We had to know more, so we invited Jost to be a guest on our podcast! We talk about education, his various industry experiences and talk about his new album release, “The Check In”.

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5 Times Roger Taylor Was The KING Of Queen!

Happy Birthday, Roger Taylor!

If you’ve lived under a rock for the last FOREVER, Roger is one quarter of British band Queen. Perhaps one of the greatest bands of all time known for such MASSIVE songs like Don’t Stop Me Now, We Are The Champions & Bohemian Rhapsody. Iconic songs from an iconic band, and Rogers drum parts are the key foundation to what makes those songs exciting to listen to, and exciting to play as a drummer.

So, we’ve gathered together five of Rogers finest drumming moments!

Brian May/Roger Taylor Guitar and Drum Jam – We Are The Champions [2020]

One of the best things to come out of 2020 was this light-hearted jam between two life long friends, playing one of the greatest songs of all time! Roger proves that with age comes wisdom and doesn’t miss a beat…and he’s doing his best Kenny Aronoff impression with those shades!

Bohemian Rhapsody (Live) (HD) – Axl Rose / Elton John / Queen

The ICONIC Bohemian Rhapsody performed by an all-star cast of Elton John, Axl Rose, Brian May, Roger Taylor and others from 1992. This one is actually worth watching twice, once for the legendary cameos and twice for the drum part. Roger is absolutely SOLID here!

Fun fact: This is video evidence of Axl Rose actually being ON TIME for a performance!

Foo Fighters + Roger Taylor – Under Pressure (Super Saturday Night 2019)

It’s one thing to meet your heroes, it’s a whole different thing to perform WITH them. That’s what Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters gets the honour of doing here. Excuse the multiple F-Bombs, but if you were getting the chance to perform with your idol… you’d probably be the same!

Roger Taylor – Live at Wembley 1986

Fancy watching 19 minutes and 34 seconds of Roger in his prime performing four of the most legendary Queen songs of all time? We thought you might. Enjoy!

Queen – Rodger Taylor Drum Solo [Rock Montreal 1981]

When push comes to shove, Roger Taylor can absolutely RIP on stage! Here’s his drum solo from 1981. Absolutely SENSATIONAL!

For many of us, Roger is the reason we picked up the sticks in the first place. He’s a true drumming icon forever etched in rock drumming history!

What is your favourite Roger Taylor performance? Let us know down below!

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Product Spotlight – Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum!

We check out the incredible Black Magic Snare from Ludwig!

Ludwig’s Black Beauty Snare Drums have long been the optimal choice for the touring and recording drummer in need of volume, tonal clarity, and optimal snare response. As the originator of its Black Nickel-Over-Brass shell composition, Ludwig is proud to announce the introduction of new Black Magic Snare Drums.

A classic formula for a more aggressive musical age, Black Magic snare drums share the same shell type with the Black Beauty, but with Triple Flanged hoops for increased volume, and Tube-Style lugs for maximum shell resonance.

Features:

  • Size: 13x7in
  • Triple Flanged Hoops
  • Tube Style Lugs
  • Black Nickel over Brass Shell

This particular snare is 13x7in but it’s also available as a 14×6.5in and two 14x8in models, one with die-cast hoops!

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Our FIVE Favourite Stewart Copeland Moments!

Happy Birthday, Stewart Copeland!

The Klark Kent of the drumming world is another year older. We wonder if he got his birthday Message in a Bottle…get it? Stewart Copeland isn’t just known for making drum gloves cool, he was also one third of english rock band, The Police. Like Travis Barker, Questlove, and Will Ferrell…I mean, Chad Smith, Stewart Copeland belongs to the minority of drummers recognised by even non-drummers. He’s THAT famous. Not only is he a phenomenal drummer, but he’s also an exceptionally gifted composer with noteable composition work for TV Shows, Movies and Video Games. So, we picked out 5 favourite Stewart Copeland moments!

The Police ~ Message in a Bottle ~ Synchronicity Concert [1983]

Perhaps the greatest recording of Message In A Bottle ever? Drumming wise, at least. Stewart is just on another LEVEL in this clip!

Side note; Is Sting dressed like The Ultimate Warrior on purpose, or was it just the fashion in the 80’s?

Stewart Copelands Approach To Backbeats

His fantastic, but also unconvetional in his approach to the drums. This video perhaps sums up perfectly the importance of playing the right rhythms for the SONG – not just a cool drum part.

The Police – So Lonely 2008 Live

Back to The Police now, and thankfully Sting has ditched his glad-rags while Stewart dons the headband of triumph! You can really see how much Stewarts playing has matured since the 80’s here – SUPER tight!

Stewart Copeland – Drum Solo – David Letterman 2011

Nothing of note to mention here. Just 3 and a half minutes of Stewart Copeland RIPPING!

Primus & Stewart Copeland at the Sacred Grove

When I think of the band Primus, I don’t instinctively think of Stewart Copeland. However, those are two worlds that collide in this video. Stewart isn’t behind kit in this video, but manning the percussion station! This song won’t be to everyones taste. At least it’s Gluten-Free…

Stewart will be forever etched into drumming royality, with his influnce on the drumming world shining through various young and up and coming drummers alike. Just don’t play the Roxanne drinking game with him…

Which performance from Stewart is your favourite? Let us know down below!

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Drummers Only Radio Ep #49 – Abe Cunningham (Deftones)

Abe Cunningham is the drummer for Deftones. Need we really say more than that?! A phenomenal, diverse drummer and life-long Tama & Zildjian artist, Abe joins us to talk all things Deftones, Gear and much more. This is a MUST LISTEN for fans of Deftones and Abe alike!

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Drummers Only Radio Ep #48 – Richard Spaven

Richard Spaven is one of the most exciting drummers in the scene today, with a very distinct and signature sound that’s landed him gigs across the jazz, soul and other genres with big artists. He’s a Yamaha & Meinl Artist, both companies allow for Spaven’s unique sound to shine through no matter who he plays with. He is incredibly down to earth and humble, this is a must-listen for all fans of him.

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5 Times Josh Dun Was Just Awesome!

Happy Birthday, John Dun!

It might be fair to say that most drummers over a certain age may not know who Josh Dun is. To others, Josh Dun is the sole reason younger players got into playing the instrument in the first place! Josh is best known for being half of American Pop/Rock/Rap/Alternative/Whatever they decide to write that day band, Twenty-One Pilots. He comes from an environment of selling drums, having worked in Guitar Centre which ultimately led him to meet his fellow bandmate, Tyler and the rest is, well…history.

In his early days, Josh was influenced by many Pop/Punk bands of the day, specifically Green Day. This no-nonsense high-energy attitude explodes from Josh when playing live shows. We’ve compiled together 5 times where Josh was an inspiration to the younger drummers

twenty one pilots – Heavydirtysoul (Live at Fox Theater)

This song should give you an idea of how diverse Twenty-One Pilots are as a band, which makes it very difficult to put them under a genre umbrella. This means the drum parts have to be ready to change at a moments notice, something Josh does exceptionally well.

Twenty One Pilots – Guns For Hands EBS w/Dual Drumming

Guns For Hands was the first song I ever heard from Twenty-One Pilots. That song spiraled an obsession with the music for me. This live performance features some really solid drumming from Josh, that escalates into a dual drumming segment. RAD!

JOSH DUN LIVE DRUM BATTLE (2017)

It’s one thing to have a drum battle against a talented drummer, it’s another thing entirely to have a drum battle against YOURSELF!

S Family – Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots

Here’s Josh doing his thing as part of a promo for the Zildjian S series Cymbals. Both Josh, and the cymbals sound great!

Josh Dun surprises young drummer, Jaxon Smith

Okay, so this one isn’t strickly Josh PLAYING drums, but it’s a moment of total class from him! Here, Josh invites a young fan behind the scenes and onto the stage to play his favourite Twenty-One Pilots song on Joshs kit. Not only that, but they made him a whole video to go with it! It’s all our secret fantasy to be invited onto stage by our favourite drummer, and to Josh to be the enabler is just so cool!

Okay, so the music might not be to everyones taste, but it’s hard to deny that Joshs ability to let his whole personality to shine through his performance!

Which performance from Josh is your favourite? Let us know down below!

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Drummers Only Radio Ep #47 – Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston is a drummer, content creator and educator. He runs his own education site, Mikeslessons.com and has grown an extensive following on his social media channels. Mike is the real deal, the complete definition of a true professional, please enjoy our chat!

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5 Tracks Where Jimmy Chamberlin Is A Rock Drumming GOD!

Happy Birthday JC!

Nope. Not the last supper guy. He probably couldn’t do what this guy can. I’m talking of course, about Jimmy Chamberlin. One of rock’s greatest EVER drummers. It’s his birthday today so we thought we’d have a look at some of the finest drum performances he’s put together over his career with Smashing Pumpkins.

Born on June 10th 1964 in Joliet, Illinois, his father was a musician and his older brother a drummer also. Music being in his blood, it seems he was destined to do awesome things on the drums.Starting as a jobbing drummer playing in Polka bands, TV shows, Show bands and more. After a brief stint building houses, he found this 3 piece band who needed a drummer to play their show at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro Theatre. That band were Smashing Pumpkins. I have been a MASSIVE fan of the band and of Jimmy’s playing for a long time (since around 1996) so it will be hard for me to distill my favourite performances of his but I shall do my best. These are in chronological order, and in my album favourite order. I’m also fully aware he has his own solo project  the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex – however I chose to focus on his work with SP.

A final point to make is that ALL of the songs were recorded to tape so they are single performances. No cutting and pasting and no dropping in – all live!

1.) Bury Me

This is the fourth track on the band’s debut album Gish and features all the hall marks of what I think makes Jimmy a great player. The groove firstly has an amazing swing in it – especially towards the back half of the track (from around 2:51) when he’s playing the broken ride pattern and you can hear his left foot pedalling hi hats on all the 8th notes.

The fill ins are trademark JC – the ridiculous single stroke roll fill in at around 2:24 always gets me – so clean and yet so powerful. The fill in at 3:07 is pure Bonham influenced which Jimmy has always be open about. I believe Bonham plays something fairly similar on Stairway to Heaven. Lastly at 3:15 he plays a single solitary snare rim hit and in the context of the groove, is just pure gold!

Some notable hits from Gish are also Siva and Tristessa but for me, Bury Me will always be the best drum performance on that record.

2.) Geek U.S.A

In 1993 Siamese Dream was released and it’s still incredible. The songs are tremendously well written and performed and Geek USA is my favourite. It’s something of an ‘opus’ with there being various sections. The opening drum which mimics the guitar riff and accents the offbeat 16th notes is beautiful. Clean and dynamic.

This takes us into a main riff, where JC’s right foot is playing the guitar riff underneath a super solid back beat and sloshy hats. The fills in the chorus also replicate the guitar lines and contain both power and musicality – check them out. After a verse/interlude/chorus section that is similar to the last time, we hit this beautiful quiet  half-time section. Jimmy plays a gorgeous groove using ride, snare rim and a descending tom fill pattern until the band breaks into another rocking half time section which leads into righteous guitar solo contacting some signature JC single stroke snare fills.

This leads us into the outro section which is another monster half-time riff. He brings himself in with AWESOME triplet tom fills and kicks the band along, playing behind the guitar riffs and echoing the beautifully. Maybe my favourite recorded performance of his. And if you watch it live, it’s twice the speed which is just bonkers!

3.) Cherub Rock

The opener from Siamese Dream. 2 single stroke rolls open the album before a guitar riff starts. Twice through the riff and Jimmy comes in behind it, playing the same figure before the awesome triplet fill to bring in the verse.

A cracking 16th note bass drum pattern drives the verse along which continues into the chorus and again for the next verse and chorus. At 2:59 the band re-caps the intro which Jimmy punctuates with the some awesome snare/cymbal hits and flams into an awesome triplet fill into the guitar solo.

At 4:42 Jimmy rounds out the tune with a ridiculous single stroke fill that puentucates an accelerated feeling guitar line. Pure rock gold!

4.) Jellybelly

The 3rd song from their 3rd album which at one point was the biggest selling double album of all time. The single stroke fills and one handed ride part behind the guitar riff for the intro were, and still are, astounding to me. The power and speed at which they’re played (especially live) are nothing short of incredible.

The groove is standard JC fare by now – powerful sixteenth note bass drum pattern behind a syncopated snare part and a broken ride pattern. The fills that lead into the chorus are magic. Flams between the snare and floor tom with 3 sixteenth notes in the right foot(!)This continues for the next verse and chorus and bridge and then the ride out has some of Jimmy’s best fills to date – single stroke rolls as per the intro but this time around the toms too. Again, nothing short of awesome – with power and precision. All inside 3 minutes.

Some real notable drum performances from this album are “F*%k You: An Ode to No One” ‘Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans” ‘Thru The Eyes Of Ruby”

5.) The Everlasting Gaze

The opener from Machina/The Machines of God. This announced the return of Jimmy to the band in amazing fashion.

The song starts with a super heavy guitar riff with Jimmy playing a disco style beat. Yes! A disco beat. It totally works too! The fills in the chorus flirt between beautiful, simple 16th note fills that incorporate the crashes to super powerful single stroke fills. This continues for the next verse and chorus. But it’s the coda in this song that really ramps up the ante.

Jimmy plays around the guitar riffs with single stroke fills, and triplets split around the toms. This leads the band into a rocking outro riff that sees Jimmy laying an awesome groove down that splits paradiddles between the ride, snare and toms before a rocking powerful 16th note fill to close. These are some of my favourites and for me, all the albums that he plays on have tremendous performances on the majority of all the tracks so whittling down a list was difficult.

More notables are ‘Doomsday Clock’, ‘That’s The Way (My Love Is)’ and ‘United States’ from the oft underrated ‘Zeitgeist’ album.

To round us out, here’s some amazing live performances – one is a full gig set from behind the drums. Enjoy!

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