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It's Tough to Part Ways with Gear

  • Posted on: 28 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

I recently sold off my long-treasured collection of Paiste Twenty cymbals. I kept going back and forth, back and forth. I posted them at too high a price a few times. I posted them for a fair price and then took them down. Finally, I had to just take a trip to Guitar Center and sell them on the spot. And, when I left the store, the cash in my pocket felt great. But, I was also sad to lose my precious cymbals.

So, why did I let them go? It wasn't about the money, that's for sure.

I don't like letting gear sit around - especially rare, pro quality gear. It just doesn't feel right. Somebody should be playing it! And, since I've purchased my collection of Paiste Traditionals and Signature Dark Energy, I have not had any reason to play on my Twenty series.

It's funny, because I actually did the same thing with my old paintball gun this week, a fishbone-style ICD Bushmaster. It needed a home where somebody would love it!

Off Beat with Michael Aubrecht

  • Posted on: 21 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

From time to time I find other great drum websites across the web. Michael Aubrecht, author of "Fundamentals of Drumming for Kids", has established a fantastic drum blog which I think readers of ProDrumBlog will enjoy.

Michael's blog focuses primarily on conceptual issues for drummers, such as time, creativity, and tasteful playing. However, there are also posts featuring interesting drum fills and conversations about his favorite drummers. Each post is well-thought and definitely worth a read.

Because he is such an experienced instructor, Michael's posts are highly informed and educational. You can tell that he is very passionate about drumming and music in general. You can visit his site at

Contrasting Styles of Pop Drumming

  • Posted on: 25 December 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

One of my favorite styles of drumming is played for pop music. While I think most pop music is very boring - and I don't listen to much of it - I love how the quality of the drumming is dictated by what would seem to be minor details. Even small variations in a drummer's playing will have a big impact on the feel they produce in the studio.


For example, we can visit the classic problem of 'ahead' 'on' and 'behind' the beat. While any professional drummer can play on any space, they each have an explicit preference in which one they use. John JR Robinson, a very prolific pop drummer over the last few decades, is adamant about playing directly on the beat. While I agree with him, personally, many drummers like QuestLove play behind the beat, and it sounds great. It's simply a matter of personal preference. Note that every professional pop drummer always plays with perfect time - regardless of where they fall in relation to the click.

Are Electronic Drums Appropriate for Jazz/Fusion?

  • Posted on: 2 July 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Check out the video below of Marco Sfogli (guitar), Alex Argento (keys), Andrea Casali (bass), and Salvio Maiello (drums). Full track credits at the end of the video.

Do you think the electronic drums sound good in this song? Do you think that acoustic drums would sound better? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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Top 10 Drum Accessories

  • Posted on: 21 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

In addition to the basic 5 piece drum set, drummers need toys. Lots of toys.

Here are some of my favorite drum accessories. Follow the links to find them conveniently on Amazon.

1. Meinl Percussion PM-1 Percussion Pedal Mount for Bass Drum Pedals

This is used to mount instruments like blocks, cowbells, and jingles in place to be played with a foot pedal. The feet have spikes that can be adjusted in and out of the rubber pads. The height of the mount can also be adjusted, plus the feet can be elevated to tilt the instrument forward. I own two and am very happy with them.

Top 10 Drum Books

  • Posted on: 20 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Here, I present my 'top 10' choices in drum books. With such an abundance of incredible material for drummers today, choices on how we spend our practice time are very hard. These are the choices I've made top priority since I started playing in 2006. Follow the links to purchase on Amazon.

Top 10 Drum Books


Thomas Lang - Creative Coordination & Advanced Foot Technique: Book/DVD/CD Pack

Nick Pierce and Breath of Nibiru

  • Posted on: 19 January 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Nick Pierce is a master of fast, synchronized double bass drum playing. I love the power he projects, and the precision with which he executes the parts. Very few drummers achieve this level of control of the instrument, especially using all four limbs at this tempo. The Paiste Rude's sound amazing, too (as does the Tama kit).

The video below is a detailed explanation of his tracking techniques for Breath of Nibiru.