Mediocre Drummer Magazine

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Roundtable Debate: Distance between top and Bottom hihat cymbals : Exclusive!

True Story: Pinstripes and Why my Neighbors like me again.

Undercover Report: The truth behind Steel snare drums.

Blast From the Past: What really did in the trap case with wheels.

Drum Terminology: Hi Hat Clutch. but where's the pedal?

Revealed: I was a particle board salesman by day drum builder by night

Technique: 18 Ways to play "Gimme Three Steps" in 10 minutes!

Health: How Beer can improve your drumming!

Classic Transcript: Sugar Sugar. Live version.

Personal Journey: The Snare drum in your closet may be worth 15K$

Woodworker: Don't throw away that shoe polish!

Maintenance: How to make Chrome from simple kitchen items

On The Road: Band Hitchhikes across country to save on tour travel costs

Elon's Corner: First mission to Mars to include 15 air drummers

What's App: Exploring drumming with thumbs and swipes

Exploring Jazz: Cave drawings reveal early swing rhythm
 
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How to make fart noises with your palm and arm pit without dropping a beat.
 

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I liked the helpful article about slimming down the kit in ten steps.

1. bring less toms
2. bring less cymbals
3. use single braced hardware
4. bring zero toms
5. bring only hats
6. ditch that ol' bass drum and get a suitcase
7. if it doesn't fit in the suitcase don't bring it
8. suitcase is too heavy? ditch the whole rig and get a cajón, chicks dig 'em. plus you can carry your 6 pack of IPA craft beer in the other hand
9. start running sound at your friend's bar and donate your old heavy drums to be the backline kit
10. enjoy not having to schlep drums ever again while maintaining the appearance of some sort of musical status within a shrinking music scene
 

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Also don't miss this month's transcription. Next month full article title "Who really played the cowbell on Don't Fear the Reaper"
Man that's a tricky key to play in....my Bflat cowbell didn't quite cut it so I think I'll bring out my octabell set and see how that goes.
Otherwise I'm stumped and will have to wait until the next issue to get the goods from the person who REALLY played that part or if it was a studio trick....yeesh!!!
bt
 

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  • How to market yourself as a pro on Craigslist
  • How to set up your drums to look cool
  • Why practicing is a waste of time
  • How to become the king of your band
  • Tension your drums high like Buddy Rich to increase your speed
 

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You actually had a subscription to Mediocre Drummer Magazine?
Didn't everybody?

I think I picked up my first copy when the magazine man at Krogers accidentally tucked a copy inside "Pontiac Today" magazine. (This was in the early days of "Mediocre Drummer" when they still used that cheap comic-book type of paper.) I think Bill Ward was on the cover that month.

Does anybody remember the "Ask Mediocre Drummer" column that they ran for the first two years? Once they began receiving so many letters (no email in those days!) asking for personal advice ("My girlfriend keeps flirting with the bass player during load in and load out. What should I do?"), they actually had to start a separate column entitled "Mediocre Drummer Tech" in an attempt to separate the Ann Landers-style advice from the actual drum tech advice. If I remember correctly, the "Mediocre Drummer Tech" column lasted only five or six issues because of a lack of interest.

Thanks for bringing back many pleasant memories. I may have to sign up for a new subscription.

GeeDeeEmm
 
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You actually had a subscription to Mediocre Drummer Magazine?
Actually, you don't really 'subscribe'. A man, dressed in black, wearing sunglasses, shows up at your gig and 'rewards' you as a worthy and deserving 'subscriber'.
Mediocrity is it's own reward.
 

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I heard that Sunluck will be increasing their advertising presence due to the overwhelming response the got on their ads for Phil Collins cocktail mixer & Keith moongel.
 

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