Better Call Josh: A Retrospective on the Career of Josh Freese

From punk rock to pop, to heavy metal and new wave, Josh Freese is one of the most prolific drummers in the world. He has appeared on close to 400 records, performing and recording for: A Perfect Circle, Paramore, Nine Inch Nails, Devo, The Vandals, Sting, The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses, The Offspring, Weezer, Sublime … More Better Call Josh: A Retrospective on the Career of Josh Freese

Drum Transcription: Simon Phillips on TOTO’s “Dave’s Gone Skiing”

In 1991, TOTO returned to the studio and recorded their eighth album Kingdom of Desire. The band was planning a tour for the late summer of ’92… A month before the release of Kingdom of Desire (1992), Jeff Porcaro sadly passed away from a heart attack. His loss was lamented from the band, Jeff’s family, … More Drum Transcription: Simon Phillips on TOTO’s “Dave’s Gone Skiing”

Jimmy Chamberlin’s Top 5 Drum Tracks for The Smashing Pumpkins

Jimmy Chamberlin is one of the most influential drummers of the ’90s, best known for his activity with the rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Some of the drum parts he played with the band of Billy Corgan are remarkable, showing his great knowledge of a great variety of music genres: from jazz to latin and … More Jimmy Chamberlin’s Top 5 Drum Tracks for The Smashing Pumpkins

Rob Shanahan reflects on his friendship with Neil Peart

When I started to play drums Neil Peart was one of my first influences, a true inspiration for his musical approach to drumming… he will be missed. Here’s a nice article by Paul Rogne: an interview to the photographer and drummer Rob Shanahan about his friendship with the legendary Neil Peart. I wanna thank you … More Rob Shanahan reflects on his friendship with Neil Peart

Groove Like Jeff by John Di Raimo

I want to thank John Di Raimo for contacting me, sharing his article regarding the single-hand hi-hat technique, played by Jeff Porcaro on several tunes, in particular, I Keep Forgettin’ by Michael McDonald. Here’s the original article published by Modern Drummer in January 2009. These exercises are so helpful to master the single-hand hi-hat technique … More Groove Like Jeff by John Di Raimo

Backbeater – Product Review

Hi folks, something different here. A non-profit organization called Makers4Good contacted me, asked me to review their new product called Backbeater, launched with a Kickstarter campaign on August 14. As described by Makers4Good: “Backbeater is the world’s most advanced metronome for drummers. With the Backbeater Sensor, it knows the tempo you’re playing. Backbeater allows drummers to monitor … More Backbeater – Product Review

Drum Loops | 40 Drum Beats

Until now I shared drum transcriptions, exercises and some posts regarding my publications, but here’s something different suitable for music productions and sound design projects. Recorded, edited and produced by myself these royalty free drum loops are suitable for electronic, pop and hip-hop productions, especially when you don’t have time to create a drum part … More Drum Loops | 40 Drum Beats