In-Ear Monitoring and the Holy Grail!

When I was 12, I watched Gregg Bissonnette's Private Lesson video.  He made a big deal (and rightly so) about always wearing earplugs.  You only get one pair of ears and when you lose parts of your hearing they’re gone forever. I know so many musicians with tinnitus or other permanent hearing damage and it's not something I want to acquire. Since that time, I can only recall two occasions where I've played the drums without some kind of hearing protection. The first was a function gig Read more [...]

The Kelly Shu kick mic mounting system

If you usually mic the kick drum through a hole in the head with a short mic stand maybe you've experienced some of the same problems I have... - the singer kicks the stand and knocks it out of place - it's a shitty stand that keeps drooping - the mic suddenly swivels round in the middle of the gig - the vibrations from the stage get picked up by the mic - the venue doesn't have an appropriate stand Out of all the things that could go wrong in a gig, these were the most common problems. Read more [...]

Kit and Gear set up for the UK Wishbone Ash tour

Here's the set up I'm using for the current tour. The drums are Sonor Force 3007.  I believe they've been superseded now.  Sonor's mid-range drums are great though.  I'm very happy with the kit. The cymbals are Zildjian A Customs. My kick pedal is the Pearl Demon Drive Double Pedal.  I'm a big fan of this pedal, though a lot of people don't like how light it feels to play.  That's perhaps just the way I have it set up though. The snare Read more [...]

Feel that kick drum…

For anyone who saw my BC2 video (see below) but thought the price tag was a bit much, Porter and Davies have now released the Gigster for a more affordable £599. I actually prefer the lighter, round, stool that comes with the Gigster and the Gigster engine itself provides exactly the same response as it's big brother.  The main differences are: The Gigster isn't built into a flight case. It has a fixed UK power cord (you need 240v to power it - don't take it to America) The mic/line Read more [...]

Great DVD for Hand Technique

Today Tommy Igoe's DVD - Great Hands for a Lifetime turned up in the post (check it out on or I've been thinking about doing some more in-depth lessons on hand technique in the MasterClass but it seemed like there were already some great products out there. I can highly recommend Jojo Mayer's Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer ( | when it comes to learning all about different hand techniques, but it's almost too advanced and it's easy to Read more [...]

What Gear to Get and in What Order: Part 1

Subscribe in a reader to be notified when new articles are added to the blog Products recommended: Zoom Q3HD (check it out on or Foldable Tripod ( or 3m Mini HDMI to HDMI lead ( or Accessory Pack (with power supply for Zoom) ( or ASUS Monitor with HDMI input ( or Note: Though I list a variety of reasons for preferring the Zoom in the video above (cost, Read more [...]

Peter Erskine

I recently bought the DVD 'Everything is Time Keeping' by Peter Erskine. It's both of his VHS videos from the 90s on a single DVD. I owned his first VHS and had seen parts of his econd one. It's great to see it all again. His feel and musicality is phenomenal and he has such great advice.  I can see it on the US Amazon site - for some reason listed as a hardback (though it says DVD in the description) Read more [...]