Uptempo Swing Patterns

  • Posted on: 3 July 2011
  • By: Sheldon Kreger

Every drummer knows that there are countless ways to play the same grooves. Using a variety of techniques, the same patterns can feel very different for both the drummer and the rest of the band. These differences may seem subtle at first, but the trained ear will recognize the different sounds each technique can produce. Some lend themselves will to articulate, fast playing, and others to slow, legato feels. Fast swing grooves really exemplify this concept clearly.

John Riley's Approach to Uptempo Swing Grooves

Dream Theater Drum Audition: More Footage

  • Posted on: 2 July 2011
  • By: Sheldon Kreger

Mike Portnoy unexpectedly left from Dream Theater in September of 2010. The remaining musicians held an audition in search of their new drummer. They invited seven of the top percussionists of our time to participate in what is arguably the most high profiile drum audition in the history of mankind. Epic!!!

The Drummers

Marco Minnemann

Virgil Donati

Thomas Lang

Derek Roddy

Aquiles Priester

Peter Wildoer


Who Won the Dream Theater Drum Audition?

Of course, most already know that Mike Mangini won the audition.

The Spirit Carries On

Dream Theater documented the auditions by video. The documentary is called "The Spirit Carries On." It is split into three episodes.

Drumming and the Brain: The Physiology of Keeping Time

  • Posted on: 2 July 2011
  • By: Sheldon Kreger

Basics of the Brain - Drumming is a Mental Task

Although often considered a very physical instrument, learning and playing the drums is primarily a mental feat. The complexity of the brain is dumbfounding. As any drummer will tell you, different parts of the brain communicate with the entire body to create a live, streaming flow of consciousness. However, few drummers understand even the most basic biological mechanisms and processes which manifest through this magnificent organ. This is unfortunate, because even a rudimentary understanding of the brain can create new levels of self-awareness which open space for immense self-improvement - both on and off the drum set.