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March 27, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss Nashville session veteran Tommy Harden. The education segment focuses on defining the shuffle. In the gear section, Mike and Mike talk about the basics of online teaching and how to deal with the technological challenges of streaming audio and video. After fielding a couple listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Start your All Access Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options This episode is sponsored by Baldman Percussion. Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
March 20, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike dive deep into the four-stage practice method, which comprises a warm-up, creative exploration, main focus, and musical applications. The gear review segment compares two 6×14 Sugar Percussion snare drums, one made from mahogany and the other made from Alaskan yellow cedar. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Start your All Access Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options This episode is sponsored by Dream Cymbals and KAT Percussion. Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
March 13, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike dive deep into the extensive discography of modern prog-fusion master Virgil Donati. The education segment focuses on comparing real versus sampled drum tracks in pop music. Up for review is a pair of ten-driver DB-10X in-ear monitors by Dream Earz. After answering a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Start your All Access Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options Dream Earz DB-10X Virgil Donati Style and Analysis Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
March 6, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss heavy metal drummer Eloy Casagrande of legendary Brazilian band Sepultura. The education segment focuses on the differences between dry and washy ride cymbals. Up for review are the Meinl Super Stack and Crasher Hats, which were designed in collaboration with endorsing artists Thomas Lang and Benny Greb. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Check out Modern Drummer’s All Access Subscription  MikesLessons.com subscription pricing Eloy Casagrande Interview Meinl Super Stack and Crasher Hats Review Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
February 28, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the April issue and discuss cover artist Glenn Kotche of Americana alt-rock band Wilco. The education segment focuses on playing over the barline. Up for review is a classy all-maple drumset by Michigan-based boutique brand INDe. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription Wilco’s Glenn Kotche INDe RESoArmor Drumset Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
February 24, 2020
Episode 231: 6/8 Vs. 3/4, Chris Johnson, Gretsch Brooklyn Standard Snare, and More In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss the relationship between 6/8 and 3/4 time and how they teach them. The featured artist is pop/R&B drummer Chris Johnson, who is featured in the March 2020 issue of Modern Drummer. Up for review is the new 5.5×14 Gretsch Brooklyn Standard snare. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription Chris Johnson feature Gretsch Brooklyn Standard snare This episode is sponsored by Dream Cymbals. Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
February 14, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike share some of different hacks they’ve learned over the years to get their gear to sound and perform better. The featured artist is modern jazz innovator Nate Wood, who is featured in the March 2020 issue within an extensive Style and Analysis article. Up for review are the new K Cluster crashes by Zildjian. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Get your Modern Drummer All Access subscription here MikesLessons.com subscription options Nate Wood feature Zildjian K Cluster crashes review SPONSORED BY BLACK SWAMP PERCUSSION Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.    
February 7, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike share some of their favorite rhythms from around the globe that they feel are essential study for working drummers. The featured artist is Ilan Rubin, who most recently toured with Angels & Airwaves and released the first part of the next album for his solo project New Regime. Up for review is a Tama S.L.P. New-Vintage Hickory drumset. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer’s All Access subscription MikesLessons.com subscription prices Ilan Rubin Feature Interview Tama S.L.P. New-Vintage Hickory drumset review SPONSORED BY DREAM CYMBALS Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.  
January 31, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike share what they consider to be the definitive drum sounds of each decade, from the 1950s to today. Up for review is an innovative new snare drum by Dialtune that incorporates a sophisticated cable system to tune the top and bottom heads independently of one another via two large tension knobs. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Start your Modern Drummer All Access subscription MikesLessons.com subscription prices Dialtune snare demo review Sponsored by: Fiesta del Tambor in Cuba and SPL/Simmons   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.    
January 24, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike recap their experience at the NAMM Show, with special attention paid to their personal gear highlights. The education segment focuses on ways to get the most out of sticking patterns when applied to the drumset. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer All Access MikesLessons.com subscription options Ilan Rubin Interview Sponsored by Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
January 16, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike pay special tribute to legendary progressive rock drummer Neil Peart, who passed away on January 7 from brain cancer. Up for review is a stunning Mapex Black Panther Versatus drumset, which is designed to excel in any playing situation. After answering a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer All Access subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options Mapex Versatus review Off the Record book Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
January 10, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss February issue featured artist Darryl “Lil Man” Howell, who has been manning the drum chair with gospel signer Jonathan McReynolds, rapper Nicki Minaj, and R&B artist Maxwell for a handful of years. The education segment focuses on applying the herta rudiment to the drumset. Up for review is the new HHX Complex series by Sabian. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Start Your All Access Modern Drummer Subscription Today! MikesLessons.com subscription options Sabian HHX Complex Series Darryl Howell Sponsored by Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
January 3, 2020
In this episode, Mike and Mike Dawson kick off the New Year by first outlining some personal and professional drum goals for 2020. The featured artist is modern jazz great Eric Harland, who graces the cover of the February issue of Modern Drummer. The education segment dives into the differences in sound between snares drums of different eras. Up for review is a trio of affordable but high-quality drums from ddrum in its Dios line. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Get Modern Drummer’s All Access Subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options Eric Harland cover story ddrum Dios snares Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
December 27, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike look back at some highlights of 2019 and take a shot at predicting what could be trending in 2020. They also offer suggestions on how to spend holiday cash on some much-needed drum gear. The featured artist is NYC-based touring/session drummer Gunnar Olsen, who recently appeared on Bruce Springsteen’s new solo album, Western Stars. Up for review are the new FX Stacks by Zildjian. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Start a Modern Drummer All Access subscription MikesLessons.com subscription pricing Gunnar Olsen studio video Zildjian FX Stacks Sponsored by Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.
December 20, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike dedicate another hour to answering a stack of questions submitted by listeners over the past few weeks. Show Notes Readers Poll ballot Start your All Access Subscription Modern Drummer Now! MikesLessons.com subscription options Sponsored by Simmons Drums. Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.  
December 13, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike catch up while Johnston is on location in Los Angeles to film a ton of educational and promotional content for Gretsch and Vic Firth. The entire hour is dedicated to answering questions submitted by listeners over the past few weeks. Show Notes Readers Poll ballot Start your All Access Subscription Modern Drummer Now! MikesLessons.com subscription options Sponsored by Vibes and Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.  
December 6, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the January 2020 issue, which includes information on how to vote in this year’s Readers Poll. The education segment focuses on the Teacher’s Forum column in this issue, which discusses author Marc Dicciani’s heavily researched feedback-based approach to practicing. Up for review is a pair of snares by British Drum Co. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Readers Poll ballot British Drum Company snare review Teacher’s Forum article Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Sponsored by Bucks Co., KAT, and Vibes Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.    
November 22, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss December 2019 featured artist John Longstreth of the tech-metal band Origin. The education segment focuses on some of the challenging but musical samba rhythms Brazilian drummer Kiko Freitas shares in his latest article. Up for review is a set of handcrafted 1 series by custom cymbal craftsman NickyMoon. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to get Modern Drummer All Access MikesLessons.com subscription options Origin’s John Longstreth interview NickyMoon 1 series review Kiko Freitas samba article Sponsored by SPL Drums and Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.  
November 18, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss December 2019 featured artist Jerry Roe, who has a dual career as a top modern-country session drummer and as a member of experimental art-rock duo Friendship Commanders. Dawson also reports on his recent trip to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, which included three days of clinics, master classes, and performances by world-renowned drummers and percussionists. Up for review is a set of large-diaphragm condensers from Blue Microphones. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Blue Microphones review Jerry Roe feature interview Sponsored by Evans Drumheads Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
November 8, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss legendary pop/session drummer Manu Katché, who recently released an instrumental contemporary jazz album called The Scope. For the main segment, Mike and Mike choose fantasy drummer squads for 2020. Up for review is the new Starclassic Walnut Birch drumset by Tama. After answering a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Tama Starclassic Wanlut Birch drumset review Manu Katché story Sponsored by Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
November 1, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the December 2019 issue and discuss cover artist Danny Carey of legendary modern rock band Tool. The education segment focuses on the differences between modern drums and vintage drums. Up for review is a pair of Medallion Brass snare drums by Dynamicx. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Tool’s Danny Carey interview Dynamicx Medallion Brass Snares review Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription prices The entry deadline for the next two MD Subscriber-Exclusive VIP experiences is November 11. Enter today! Sponsored by Arturia Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
October 25, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss what they personally look for in a ride cymbal, and they share input from a special guest. The featured artist this week is legendary pop/rock drummer Jeff Porcaro. Up for review is the Alesis Strike Multipad. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Porcaro Tracks Alesis Strike Multipad Subscribe to Modern Drummer Dawson’s Patreon page MikesLessons.com subscription options Sposored by Angel Drums, Dream Cymbals, and Dynamicx Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
October 18, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss November 2019 featured artist Mark Guiliana’s latest album, Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music!. The education segment focuses on strength training exercises to improve bass drum speed and endurance. Up for review are the new Dyna-Sync pedals by Tama. After answering a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Mark Guiliana feature interview Exercise for Drummers article  Tama Dyna-Sync pedals review  Subscriber to Modern Drummer Dawson’s Patreon page MikesLessons.com subscription offers Sponsored by Angel and Movement Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
October 11, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss November 2019 featured artist Gavin Harrison, who has been one of three touring drummers in prog-rock legends King Crimson since 2014. The education segment focuses on a few ways to develop smooth hand/foot rolls. Up for review is a pair of cool accessory items from Creative Percussion. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Gavin Harrison interview Hand and Foot Rolls Creative Percussion Subscribe to Modern Drummer Dawson’s Patreon page MikesLessons.com subscription Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Sweetwater Music Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
October 1, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the November 2019 issue and discuss cover artist Patrick Keeler of chart-topping rock band Raconteurs. The education segment focuses on the first part of a series of articles on ancient European rudiments. Up for review is a handful of Tour Custom and Recording Custom snare drums by Yamaha. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Patrick Keeler cover story The Ancient Rudimental Codex, Part 1 Yamaha Tour Custom and Recording Custom snares Subscribe to Modern Drummer – Join The Family Dawson’s Patreon page MikesLessons.com subscription pricing Sponsored by Arturia. Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
September 27, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike take us on a brief tour through famed studio drummer Hal Blaine’s extensive discography. The education segment focuses on some ways to play a half-time shuffle in 5/4, starting with the beat funk/fusion great Dennis Chambers played on the song “Mother Tongue” with legendary guitarist John McLaughlin on the album The Heart of Things: Live in Paris. Up for review is a beastly 4×14 Solid Bronze snare by Canopus. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe Modern Drummer to get All Access Dawson’s Patreon page MikesLessons.com subscription options Remembering Hal Blaine The 5/4 Half-Time Shuffle Canopus 4×14 Solid Bronze Snare Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
September 20, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss drummer Branden Steineckert, who has been playing with legendary punk band Rancid since 2006. The education segment focuses on how to transform the independence exercises in Jim Chapin’s classic book Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer into solo phrases. Up for review is a simple yet powerful single-trigger SPD:ONE WAV pad by Roland. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Rancid’s Branden Steineckert Advanced Techniques for Jazz Soloing Roland SPD::ONE WAV Pad Mikeslessons.com Subscription options Subscribe to Modern Drummer Sponsored by KAT Percussion and Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
September 13, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss touring/session drummer Dan Bailey, who recently released a very informative online master class on drum tuning and recording, called “The Bailey Method.” The education segment focuses on some simple and musical ways to apply the inverted paradiddle-diddle to the drumset. Up for review is a selection of Extreme crashes from Paiste’s 2002 series. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Inverted Paradiddle-Diddles article Dan Bailey Paiste 2002 Extreme crashes review Subscribe to Modern Drummer – Get All Access MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page London drum clinic details Sponsored by Doc Sweeney Drums and Movement Drum Co. Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
September 6, 2019
Episode 208: JD Beck, Zimbabwean Rhythms, Woodland Percussion Snares, and More In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss rising star JD Beck, who is featured in the October 2019 issue of Modern Drummer. The education segment focuses on a handful of Zimbabwean drumset grooves played by James Austin Manyungwa on the Oliver Mtukudzi album Shoko. Up for review is a pair stave-shell Black Out Birch snares by Woodland Percussion. After answering a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Zimbabwean rhythms: https://www.moderndrummer.com/article/october-2019-zimbabwean-tuku-music/ JD Beck feature: https://www.moderndrummer.com/article/october-2019-jd-beck/ Modern Drummer subscription: https://www.moderndrummer.com/subscribe/ Woodland Percussion Black Out Birch snares: https://www.moderndrummer.com/article/october-2019-woodland-percussion/ MikesLessons.com subscription: https://www.mikeslessons.com/pricing Dawson’s Patreon page: www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums London drum clinic details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-practice-drumming-master-class-with-modern-drummers-mike-dawson-tickets-66797116975?aff=ebdssbeac Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer – Get All Access MikesLessons.com subscription Dawson’s Patreon page London drum clinic details This episode is sponsored by Arturia: https://www.arturia.com/products/audio/audiofuse-8pre/overview.   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
August 30, 2019
Episode 207: Richard Spaven, Craviotto Heritage Snare, and More In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss the unique beat-making skills of September issue featured artist Richard Spaven. Up for review is a sweet 6×14 solid maple Heritage series snare by Craviotto. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer – Get All Access MikesLessons.com subscription Dawson’s Patreon page London drum clinic details   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
August 23, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike tackle another stack of listener questions on a variety of topics, including music theory, practice habits, keeping inspired, and more. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer – Get All Access MikesLessons.com subscription Dawson’s Patreon page London drum clinic details Sponsored by Tama Drums Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
August 16, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike begin the show by going over the history of the Gretsch drum badge, starting with the original round design and moving forward to the stop sign and square varieties before returning back to the original. Then they tackle a stack of listener questions on a variety of topics, from drum miking, to choosing your dream kit, to adding snare drums to your collection, and more. They also select the winner of the Modern Drummer 40th Anniversary snare drum giveaway. Show Notes Check out the new Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription Dawson’s Patreon page London drum clinic details This Podcast is sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
August 9, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss September 2019 featured artist Andrew Marshall, who is currently touring with alt-pop superstar Billie Eilish. The education segment focuses on how to use David Garibaldi’s classic groove to the song “Soul Vaccination” to create jazz comping figures. Up for review is a pair of killer Stabilized Wood snares by Canopus. After a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Andrew Marshall feature story Funkify Your Swing article Canopus snare review Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Mike Dawson’s London drum clinic details  Sponsored by Arturia Audiofuse 8Pre interface Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
August 2, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the September 2019 issue and discuss cover artist Nir Z, who’s been at the top of the studio scene for the past twenty years. The education segment focuses on ways to superimpose 4/4 phrases in 3/4. Up for review are Roland’s TM-1 trigger module and RT-MicS hybrid trigger/microphone. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Nir Z cover story Roland review Superimposing 4/4 ideas in 3/4 Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page London drum clinic details Sponsored by Solid Drums Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
July 26, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike wrap up their discussions of the August 2019 issue with a segment on featured artist Sean Waugaman of the alternative pop band Walk the Moon. The education portion focuses on answering the question: How fast do you need to be? Up for review is a pair of top-shelf stave-shell snares by Swiss builder Solid Drums. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Waugaman Gearing Up Solid Drums stave snares review Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription prices Dawson’s Patreon page Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
July 19, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss August 2019 featured artist Moses Archuleta of ambient punk band Deerhunter. The education segment focuses on different ways to utilize the hi-hat foot in grooves. Up for review are a few handmade accessories by Sweet Spot Clutches. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Deerhunter’s Moses Archuleta interview The Hi-Hat Foot’s Voice: Exploring Funky Embellishments Sweet Spot Clutches review Subscriber to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page   Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
July 12, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss August 2019 featured artist Benzel Baltimore of legendary funk band P-Funk. The education segment focuses on different ways to apply the inverted double-stroke roll to the drumset. Up for review are several new Signature and Dark Energy series cymbals by Paiste. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Benzel Baltimore interview Inverted Double Strokes: Variations of the Essential Rudiment Paiste Signature and Dark Energy Additions Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Sponsored by Tama Drums   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
July 5, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike dive into the August 2019 issue and discuss cover artist Anderson .Paak. The education focuses on Jeff Ryan’s “Playing Melodically” article, which explores different ways to orchestrate a single linear pattern. Up for review is the new Live Custom Hybrid Oak drumset by Yamaha. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Playing Melodically: Real-World Applications of Linear Patterns Anderson Paak interview Yamaha Live Custom Hybrid Oak Drumset review Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Sponsored by Sweetwater and Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
June 28, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss July featured artist Debbie Knox-Hewson of garage-pop band Nasty Cherry. The education segment focuses on how to utilize seven-note groupings in a jazz context. Up for review is a Sublime AXM series maple/ash hybrid drumset by Crush. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Debbie Knox-Hewson feature interview Seven-note groupings article Crush Sublime AXM drumset review Modern Drummer subscription – join the Modern Drummer family MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Sponsored by Dynamicx Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast      
June 21, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike field a slew of listener questions on topics ranging from how to incorporate buzz rolls into your grooves and fills to the best way to store snare drums, the most crucial skills for gigging drummers, and more. As always, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
June 14, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss July 2019 cover artist Nicko McBrain of the legendary metal band Iron Maiden. The education segment focuses on creative ways to incorporate cymbal chokes into your drumming. Up for review is a funky 3.75×12 piccolo snare by Boston-based Calderwood Percussion. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Nicko McBrain cover story “Creative Cymbal Chokes” article  Calderwood Percussion piccolo snare Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription Dawson’s Patreon page Sponsored by Tama Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
June 7, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike dedicate the entire hour to answering a bunch of listener questions. Topics include must-have extra gear on a gig, getting comfortable with up-tempo rock grooves, and some thoughts on handling the business side of being a musician. As usual, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
May 31, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the July 2019 issue and discuss featured artist Tyshawn Sorey, who’s one of the most creative and adventurous modern jazz drummers and contemporary composers on the scene today. The education segment focuses on how to practice quarter-note-triplet phrases within sextuplet subdivisions. Up for review is a set of incredibly affordable drum mics by CAD. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Tyshawn Sorey feature interview CAD microphones review Quarter-note-triplet exercises Subscribe to Modern Drummer magazine MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
May 24, 2019
In this episode, Mike and Mike talk about June 2019 featured artist Kent Slucher, who has been country superstar Luke Bryan’s drummer for the past twelve years. The education segment focuses on different ways to go about designing curriculum for private lessons. Up for review is a stunning acacia Aristocrat series drumset by George Way. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes George Way Aristocrat Acacia demo Kent Slucher feature interview Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs and Alesis Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
May 17, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss June 2019 featured artist Matt Halpern, who recently released a new album (IV: Hail Stan) with his band Periphery. The education segments focuses on how to create beats that sound like a CD skipping. Up for review is a trio of microphones from Aston. After fielding a few listener questions the show concludes with picks of the week.   Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription prices Dawson’s Patreon page Matt Halpern story Glitched Beats article Aston microphone review Sponsored by Alesis Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
May 10, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss June 2019 cover artist Marcus Gilmore, who’s worked with many top jazz artists, including Chick Corea, Chris Potter, and Steve Coleman. The education segment focuses on top German drummer Jost Nickel’s article on drum fills, called “Moving Around the Kit.” Up for review is a cool 5.5×15 RESoArmor maple snare by INDe. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Marcus Gilmore cover story Jost Nickel fills article INDe snare review Sponsored by Alesis and Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
May 3, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike crack open the June 2019 issue and discuss featured artist Louis Cole of the electro-funk band Knower. The education segment focuses on exercises to develop fluency with RLL and LRR stickings. Up for review is a cool throwback Vintage Beech drumset from Barton. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of a week. Show Notes Subscriber to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Knower’s Louis Cole interview Pu-du-du sticking lesson Barton Vintage Beech drumset review Sponsored by Los Cabos Drumsticks Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
April 26, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss May 2019 featured artist Brian Chase of indie-rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The education segment digs into the history of Ludwig snare drums, in particular the legendary Black Beauty. Up for review are the JR Robinson and Brooks Wackerman signature sticks from Innovative Percussion. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Brian Chase feature interview Innovative Percussion Wackerman and Robinson sticks review Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
April 22, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss May 2019 featured artist Terence Higgins, who splits his time touring with Ani DiFranco and John Medeski’s Mad Skillet. The education segment focuses on how to develop smooth motions around the drumset. Up for review is a pair of Aston Origin condensers, which Mike and Mike use to discuss the pro’s and con’s of various overhead placements. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscriptions Dawson’s Patreon page Terence Higgins feature interview Warm-Ups and Mobility Exercises article Aston Origin overhead mic placement shootout: Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
April 12, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss May 2019 featured artist Kaz Rodriguez, who has recently toured the work with pop singer Josh Groban. The education segment focuses on how to internalize 16th-note based odd-time grooves. Up for review is a gorgeous mahogany/poplar Westwood drumset by RBH. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer magazine MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Kaz Rodriguez feature interview Internalizing Odd-Time Grooves article RBH Westwood drumset review Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
April 5, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike crack open the May 2019 issue and talk about cover artist Mark Schulman, who has been the drummer for the pop star Pink for over twelve years. The education segment focuses on ways to create jazz comping patterns based on classic funk grooves, such as Clyde Stubblefield’s legendary beat on the James Brown song “Funky Drummer.” Up for review is a pair of snare drums by Pfeifer Drum Company: a 6×14 9-lug maple and a 6.5×16 mahogany. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription Dawson’s Patreon page Mark Schulman cover story Pfeifer snare drums review “Funkify Your Swing Feel” article Sponsored by Shure Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
March 29, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss the winners of the 2019 Readers Poll. The education segment focuses on simple strategies for playing effective improvisations and solos on the drumset. The gear review segment focuses on the sonic and tactile differences between die-cast and triple-flange hoops. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription prices Dawson’s Patreon page 2019 Readers Poll results Die-cast and triple-flange hoop comparison video Enter to Win a Kat KTMP1! Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs and MusicPro Insurance Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
March 22, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss April 2019 featured artist Jerry Pentecost, who has been supporting Americana singer/violinist Amanda Shires since 2016. The education segment focuses on a handful of Latin jazz drumset grooves that every drummer should know. The gear review segment focuses on a handful of large-diaphragm condensers that work well for miking the outside of a bass drum. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription Dawson’s Patreon page Jerry Pentecost feature “Latin Jazz Drumming, Part 3” article Front bass drum mic shootout Enter to Win a Kat KTMP1! Sponsored by Kat Percussion   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
March 15, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss April 2019 featured artist Morgan Agren. The education segment focuses on ways to practice methodically using the grid system. Up for review is the new compact and affordable BC-X bass drum monitoring system by Porter & Davies. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription Dawson’s Patreon page Morgan Agren feature Porter & Davies BC-X Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
March 8, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss April 2019 featured artist Josh Dion. The education segment focuses on paradiddle-style patterns in quintuplet groupings. Up for review is a Lounge Series drumset by British Drum Company. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week.     Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Josh Dion feature Five-a-Diddle lesson British Drum Company Lounge Series drumset review Black Swamp Percussion/Dynamicx snare drum giveaway Sponsored by: Black Swamp Percussion Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
March 1, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike crack open the April 2019 issue and discuss Readers Poll winner Kiko Freitas, who took home top prize in the “world” category. The education segment focuses on a Bill Bachman article that includes exercises to develop the transition between eighth notes and sextuplets with double strokes. Up for review is a pair of Rogers USA Dyna-Sonic snare drums. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week.   Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page 2019 Readers Poll Results Kiko Freitas YouTube Sixes and Eights, Part 2 Rogers Dyna-Sonic Snares Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
February 22, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss March 2019 featured artist Phillip “Fish” Fisher of the legendary ska-punk-funk band Fishbone. The education segment focuses on the basic tonal differences between plywood snare drums made from difference species. Up for review is a limited DW Collector’s Series almond snare. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Fish Fisher feature interview DW Almond snare review Plywood snare drums feature Sponsored by:  Vibes High Fidelity Ear Plugs   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast      
February 15, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss March 2019 featured artist Aric Improta of instrumental trio Night Verses and rap-punk band Fever 333. The education segment dives into some challenging coordination exercises for contemporary jazz applications. Up for review is Gretsch’s new Brooklyn series Micro Kit. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Aric Improta feature interview Gretsch Brooklyn series Micro Kit review Sponsored by: Dream Cymbals and Gongs and Bucks County Drum Co.   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
February 8, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike dive into the March 2019 issue and discuss the cover artist, legendary funk, fusion, jazz, and pop drummer Dennis Chambers. The education segment focuses on a handful of hand exercises to develop rhythmic accuracy. Up for review is a set of R Series low-volume cymbals by Turkish brand Agean. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options  MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Agean R Series cymbals Dennis Chambers cover story “Hand Exercises for Rhythmic Accuracy” article Sponsored by: Focusrite Clarett USB interfaces Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
February 1, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss what they felt were the strongest showings at NAMM in drums, cymbals, percussion, and more. They also share some strategies for making the most out of the show from a buyer, seller, and artist’s perspective. The hosts answer a handful of listener questions throughout the show before concluding with their picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription offers Dawson’s Patreon page   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast        
January 23, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike share some opinions and predictions on the state of the drum industry in 2019, including what they expect from manufacturers and where things are headed in the worlds of online drumming and education versus in-person lessons and clinics. Interspersed throughout the episode are answers to listener questions, and the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Sponsored by Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.  
January 18, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss February 2019 featured artist Sam Fogarino of the indie-rock band Interpol. The education segment focuses on three fundamental reggae beats: one drop, steppers, and rockers. Up for review are Jazz Legend and Vision series cymbals by Turkish company Amedia. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Subscribe to Modern Drummer MikesLessons.com subscription offers Dawson’s Patreon page Sam Fogarino feature interview “Reggae 101” article Amedia cymbal review Sponsored by Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
January 11, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss February 2019 cover artist and jazz/hip-hop great Karriem Riggins. The education segment focuses on ways to create interesting drum fills using orchestration. Up for review is a high-end RX series drumset by Doc Sweeney featuring hybrid shells made from bubinga and aluminum. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums Karriem Riggins cover story Fill orchestration article Doc Sweeney RX drumset review Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
January 4, 2019
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss award-winning Latin-jazz drummer Bobby Sanabria, who’s featured in the January 2019 issue of Modern Drummer. The education segment focuses on a handful of fun polyrhythmic bass drum patterns to help you internalize how odd patterns resolve over a backbeat. Up for review is a pair of bronze snares from LCD/Legado. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page LCD/Legado bronze snares Bobby Sanabria interview Polyrhythmic bass drum patterns Dream Cymbals   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
December 21, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss January 2019 featured artist Jason McGerr of the alt-rock band Death Cab for Cutie. The education segment focuses on different theories behind stretching and warming up before gigs and practice sessions. Up for review is a unique set of compact cymbals by Turkish. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Jason McGerr feature Turkish Travel Set review from January Modern Drummer Tama   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
December 14, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss January 2019 cover artist Arejay Hale of the rock band Halestorm. The education segment focuses on how to apply flam rudiments to the drumset. Up for review are two handmade segment-shell snares by Angel Drums. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options Dawson’s Patreon page Arejay Hale cover story “A Different Approach to Flams” article Angel Drums limited-time snare offer: mailto:chris@angeldrums.com   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
December 7, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss top fusion drummer Gergo Borlai, who’s featured in the January 2019 issue of Modern Drummer. The education segment focuses on different ways to explore a set pattern as a groove, fill, or solo idea. Up for review is a 5×14 Raw Copper snare by A&F. After answering a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week.   Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums Gergo Borlai feature Sponsored by: T’n’R Kat Percussion Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
November 30, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss their personal gear “must-haves” and go over some of the items session great Nir Z listed in his feature story in the December 2018 issue of Modern Drummer. The education segment focuses on the hosts’ strategies for incorporating the bass drum into fills. Up for review is Tama’s S.L.P. Fat Spruce drumset. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription pricing Dawson’s Patreon page Nir Z.’s Must-Have Gear article Tama S.L.P. Fat Spruce drumset Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast.    
November 23, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike recap their clinic experiences at PASIC and in Europe before discussing modern country drummer Travis McNabb, who recently pulled double duty touring with Sugarland and Frankie Ballard. The education segment focuses on how to build out your drumset to be as ergonomic as possible. Up for review is the Classic series stands from Tama. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription Mike D’s Patreon page Travis McNabb story Tama Classic Series Hardware Drumset Ergonomics, Part 6 Big Fat Snare Drum Quesadilla cloth mutes Sponsored by: Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
November 16, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss legendary classic rock drummer Keith Moon. The education segment focuses on how to develop consistency via mastering the four essential stroke types. Up for review is a set of custom instruments by New Jersey–based NickyMoon Cymbals. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options  Mike D’s Patreon page Keith Moon feature story Strictly Technique article NickyMoon Custom Cymbals Tama Club Jam and Cocktail Jam Kits Vibes earplugs Sponsored by: Tama Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
November 9, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss December featured artist and legendary jazz/funk drummer Mike Clark. The education segment focuses on how to use the paradiddle-diddle sticking to help you master a few different polyrhythms. Up for review is a simple accessory item called Drumgees. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options Mike D’s Patreon page Mike Clark Polyrhythmic Rudiment Applications Drumgees RBH Drums Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
November 2, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss December cover artist Rich Redmond, who’s the longtime drummer with modern country superstar Jason Aldean. The education segment focuses on how to play the syncopated tamborim rhythms of samba on drumset. Up for review are new Masters Extra Thin crashes, Dark splashes, and a Dark crash-ride from Paiste. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options Mike D’s PASIC course Rich Redmond cover story Samba article Paiste review LP Raw Sound Enhancer Snare Sponsored by Focusrite  Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
October 26, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss hip-hop drummer Eric “Boots” Greene, who’s most recent gig is with Jay-Z. The education segment focuses on drumset exercises to help you get more comfortable with five- and seven-note patterns. Up for review is the Roland TM-6 Pro trigger module. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription offers www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums Boots Greene feature “Sticking Patterns for Odd Groupings” Roland TM-6 Pro review Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
October 19, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss German drummer and international clinician Jost Nickel, who’s featured in the November issue of Modern Drummer. The education segment focuses on ways to challenge your technique by shifting accents within a pataflafla sticking. Up for review are several sets of handmade cymbals by Legado. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription offers www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums Jost Nickel feature Legado cymbals review Flam ostinatos article Tama Iron Cobra 900 pedals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
October 12, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss UK-based drummer/producer/composer Richard Spaven. The education segment focuses on how to use hi-hat accents to alter your groove. Up for review is the new AT2035 large-diaphragm condenser mic from Audio-Technica. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options  Mike D’s PASIC course Richard Spaven Audio-Technica AT2035 Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
October 5, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss November 2018 cover artist, Jean-Paul Gaster of alt-rock band Clutch. The education segments focuses on some of the most essential ride ostinatos in contemporary drumming. Up for review is a trio of Dios series snare drums from Ddrum. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums JP Gaster interview Essential cymbal patterns lesson Ddrum Dios snares demos RBH Drums USA
September 28, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss New York–based jazz drummer Jonathan Barber. The education segment focuses on setting and reassessing short- and long-term goals. Up for review are the 6 Pro model in-ear monitors from Ultimate Ears, which were engineered especially for drummers. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums UE 6 Pro in-ears Jonathan Barber Up & Coming interview Dream Cymbals and Gongs YouTube Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
September 21, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss October 2018 featured artist Drew Shoals of the pop/rock band Train. The education segment focuses on ways to incorporate the bell of the ride cymbal into your grooves. Up for review is the Hybrid lightweight/heavy-duty hardware by Canopus. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums Train’s Drew Shoals Canopus Hybrid Series Hardware Kicked-Up Bell Patterns Tama Drums Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
September 14, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss October 2018 featured artist Courtney Dietrick, who plays with modern reggae great Damian Marley. The education segment focuses on how to approach reading a drum chart for the first time. Up for review is the new TD-17KVX drumset from Roland. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription offers www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums Courtney Diedrick feature Sight-reading article Roland TD-17 series Dream Cymbals and Gongs Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
September 7, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike dig into the October 2018 issue and discuss featured artist Tony “Rico” Nichols, who has been touring with hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar. Up for review are a handful of Masters series Dry and Extra Dry rides by Paiste. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options www.patreon.com/mikedawsondrums Tony “Rico” Nichols feature “Tooling With Perspectives” article Paiste Masters Dry and Extra Dry rides Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
August 31, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike crack open the October 2018 issue and discuss cover artist Eric Hernandez, who plays with pop superstar Bruno Mars. The education segment focuses on the hosts’ pre-gig warm-up routines. Up for review is a gorgeous stave mahogany bebop drumset from Sugar Percussion. After answering a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription offers Mike D’s PASIC course Eric Hernandez feature Sugar Percussion mahogany drumset Dawson’s warm-up routine Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
August 24, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike continue to dig through the September issue, this time discussing featured artist Barrett Martin, who rose to prominence in the ’90s with alternative band Screaming Trees but has since ventured into experimental instrumental music with his own project. The education segment focuses on John Bonham’s classic bass drum triplets. Up for review is the Yamaha EAD10 drum module and trigger system. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options Mike D’s PASIC course Barrett Martin feature John Bonham foot pattern article Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
August 10, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike dig back into the September issue and talk about featured artist Aaron Gillespie, who recently reunited with metalcore band Underoath after an eight-year hiatus. The education segment focuses on some hip odd-time grooves found in belly dance rhythms of the Middle East. Up for review is an innovative maple/carbon fiber hybrid kit from Solvenian company Bone Custom Drums. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options  Mike D’s PASIC course Aaron Gillespie feature Bone drumkit demo Belly dance rhythms article Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
August 3, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike crack open the September issue and talk about cover artist Nate Smith, whose groove-drenched videos have racked up millions of views. The education segment focuses on Jim Riley’s latest article, which focuses on a step-by-step method for developing the half-time shuffle. Up for review is a set of heavily hammered, dry, and trashy Hamer series cymbals from Istanbul Mehmet. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options Nate Smith cover story The half-time shuffle Istanbul Mehmet Hamer series review Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
July 20, 2018
In this episode of the Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike, the hosts sift through another batch of listener questions. As usual, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription prices Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast      
July 16, 2018
In episode 151, Mike Dawson tries to guess the size and shell type of another snare from Mike Johnston’s personal collection. The remainder of the show is dedicated to answering a handful of listener questions. As usual, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offer MikesLessons.com subscription options Anamorphic lens Pearl 3×13 brass piccolo Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
July 6, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss Brann Dailor of Grammy award–winning metal band Mastodon. The education segments focuses on everything you need to know about snare drum heads. Up for review is a funky 18″ Uptown ride and 12″ New Beat hi-hats from Zildjian. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription offers Brann Dailor cover story Snare drum heads feature Zildjian Uptown ride and 12″ hi-hats Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
June 29, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss legendary pop, jazz, fusion drummer Simon Phillips. The education segment focuses on an article in the July 2018 issue by Russ Miller, titled “Do I Need a Fallback Plan?”. Up for review is a new tactile metronome by Soundbrenner, called Pulse. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription offers Simon Phillips feature Russ Miller article Soundbrenner Pulse metronome review   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
June 22, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss modern session great Blair Sinta, who recently launched a drum recording course on www.promixacademy.com. The education segment focuses on how to setup your drumset to be more compatible with your unique physique. Up for review are two sets of cymbals from Turkish-made newcomer Symrna. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options  Blair Sinta feature interview “Drumset Ergonomics” article Symrna cymbals review Dream cymbals video lessons   To celebrate the one-millionth Mike and Mike Modern Drummer Podcast download, Ultimate Ears is hosting The Ultimate Giveaway for Drummers! You can win one of these great prizes! One (1) grand prize winner will recieve a FREE pair of UE 6 PRO Custom In-Ear Monitors and a Sound Tap AC.  One (1) runner up winner will recieve a FREE pair of UE 900s and a Sound Tap AC.  Modern Drummer/Ultimate Ears giveaway Contest ends June 28th.   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast      
June 15, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss modern rock journeyman Jeff Friedl, who’s currently touring with A Perfect Circle. The education segment focuses on how to use five-note groupings to create interesting and unusual comping patterns in a bebop style. Up for review is the new Contemporary Classic series from DW. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription options Jeff Friedl feature article “Five-Note Bop Groupings” article DW Contemporary Classics review To celebrate the one-millionth Mike and Mike Modern Drummer Podcast download, Ultimate Ears is hosting The Ultimate Giveaway for Drummers! You can win one of these great prizes! One (1) grand prize winner will recieve a FREE pair of UE 6 PRO Custom In-Ear Monitors and a Sound Tap AC.  One (1) runner up winner will recieve a FREE pair of UE 900s and a Sound Tap AC. Enter Here!   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
June 8, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss rising star Mike Mitchell, who’s currently legendary jazz/fusion bassist Stanley Clarke’s drummer of choice. The education segment focuses on exercises for developing the weaker hand. Up for review is a mammoth 8×14 bell bronze snare from German company Tempest. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. https://gleam.io/epQXd/the-ultimate-giveaway-for-drummers Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription options MikesLessons.com subscription options Mike Mitchell feature interview “Developing the Weaker Hand” article Tempest 8×14 bell bronze snare Dream Cymbals To celebrate the one-millionth Mike and Mike Modern Drummer Podcast download, Ultimate Ears is hosting The Ultimate Giveaway for Drummers! You can win one of these great prizes! One (1) grand prize winner will recieve a FREE pair of UE 6 PRO Custom In-Ear Monitors and a Sound Tap AC.  One (1) runner up winner will recieve a FREE pair of UE 900s and a Sound Tap AC. Enter Here!   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
June 1, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike crack open the July 2018 issue and discuss cover artist Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee. The education segment focuses on the blues shuffle. Up for review is the Clariett 8Pre USB audio interface from Focusrite. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription prices MikesLessons.com subscription options Kris Myers cover story The blues shuffle Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB audio interface To celebrate the one-millionth Mike and Mike Modern Drummer Podcast download, Ultimate Ears is hosting The Ultimate Giveaway for Drummers! You can win one of these great prizes! One (1) grand prize winner will recieve a FREE pair of UE 6 PRO Custom In-Ear Monitors and a Sound Tap AC.  One (1) runner up winner will recieve a FREE pair of UE 900s and a Sound Tap AC. Enter Here!   Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
May 25, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike share some of their favorite drum solos of all time. The education segment focuses on different approaches to building independence. Up for review is the BopPad MIDI controller from Keith McMillan Instruments. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription offers KMI BopPad @dreamcymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
May 18, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike share some exciting news regarding upcoming giveaways from Ultimate Ears, and they discuss June 2018 cover artist, legendary drummer/composer Stewart Copeland. The education segment focuses on some interesting phrasing possibilities when you play paradiddles as triplets. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options Stewart Copeland cover story Session Ace Hi-Beam LED flashlight Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
May 11, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike pay tribute to Aquarian founder and legendary drummer/educator Roy Burns. The education segment focuses on how to learn polyrhythms via grooves. Up for review is the brand new TD-17 series electronic kit from Roland. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription offers Roy Burns “A Career in Percussion” “Introduction to Polyrhythms” Roland TD-17 kit @dreamcymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
May 4, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss Cuban-born jazz great Dafnis Prieto, whose new big band album, Back to the Sunset, is out now. The education segment focuses on a handful of must-know grooves for working drummers. Up for review is a 4.5×14 sterling silver snare from English drum builder Van Kleef. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription options Dafnis Prieto Big Band story Van Kleef Ageless Collection 4.5×14 silver snare review Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
April 27, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss Blake Richardson of tech-metal band Between the Buried and Me, whose new record, Automata, Part 1, is transcribed in the June issue of Modern Drummer. The education segment focuses on everything you need to know about bass drum heads and the sounds and applications of the various models that are currently available. Up for review is a set of big, lush Lale Kardes signature cymbals from Turkish. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscriptions MikesLessons.com subscription options Dream cymbals “What You Need to Know About Bass Drum Heads” feature Black Richardson “Off the Record” Turkish Cymbals Lale Kardes signature models Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast    
April 20, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss Zac Farro, who recently returned to his original gig with modern rock hit makers Paramore. The education segment focuses on how to break up the ride cymbal pattern in jazz and other improvisational situations. Up for review is a 5.5×14 Woodfiber snare from 101 Drums. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription offers MikesLessons.com subscription offers   Zac Farro feature Up-Tempo Studies article 101 Drums review http://oneoonedrums.com Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
April 13, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike discuss progressive metal master Travis Orbin, whose new EP, Silly String II, is transcribed in the May 2018 issue of Modern Drummer. The education segment focuses on how to use five-note phrasings in grooves. Up for review is the new Tour Custom drumset from Yamaha. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription offers Travis Orbin Off the Record article Five-note phrasing article Yamaha Tour Custom drumset Dream Cymbals Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast
April 6, 2018
In this episode Mike and Mike crack open the May 2018 issue and discuss cover artist Matt Johnson, who first rose to prominence backing up singer/songwriters Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright and is now touring with St. Vincent. The education segment focuses on the advantages for and against learning to read music. Up for review is the new K Sweet series from Zildjian. After fielding a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. Show Notes Modern Drummer subscription MikesLessons.com subscription offers Matt Johnson cover story Russ Miller article Zildjian K Sweet series review Roland SPD::ONE pads Focusrite.com Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike is a show that explores the topics that drummers love the most. Sit in during weekly conversations between Modern Drummer managing editor, Mike Dawson, and MikesLessons.com founder and MD columnist, Mike Johnston, as they geek out on drumming technique, practice methods, and favorite exercises and offer insight on the latest gear and industry happenings. For additional episodes visit: moderndrummer.com/mikeandmikepodcast  
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