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Remembering John Henry Bonham

Welcome back to the Chops blog. Today we’re remembering the untimely passing of one of the most influential drummers of all time, John Henry Bonham. We’d like to celebrate his life and influence by sharing some of our favorite Bonham-related links we’ve found on the web. They include an article from Drum! Magazine on 10 ways to sound like Bonham, a video from his drum tech Jeff Ocheltree on how to tune and mic like Bonham, and some isolated drums tracks of him in the studio. Give the article a read, check out the Jeff Ocheltree video, then sit back and listen to the bombastic sounds and heavy grooves of John Bonham.

July is a Great Month to Have a Birthday if You’re a Drummer

We had no idea, but July is apparently a good month to be born if you’re a drummer. Check out the partial list of legendary timekeepers below!

 

July 1 – Ndugu Chancler (Drummer on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”)

July 4 – Butch Miles (Mel Tormé, Count Basie Orchestra)

July 6 – Louie Bellson (Jazz Legend)

July 7 – Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

July 8 – Jaimoe Johanson (The Allman Brothers Band)

July 9 – Stanton Moore (Galactic) & Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)

July 15 – Philly Joe Jones (Miles Davis)

July 16 – Stewart Copeland (The Police)

July 17 – Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck)

July 22 – Don Henley (Eagles)

July 23 – Jim Chapin (Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey)

July 26 – Roger Taylor (Queen)

July 31 – Bill Berry  (R.E.M.)

 

If you’re a drummer and celebrate a birthday in July, you’re obviously in great company! Happy Birthday from all of us at Chops Percussion.

WGI 2017 Percussion Championship Wrap-Up

Chops Percussion made the trip to Dayton, OH this past weekend for the WGI World Championships. We are very lucky to have the support of many groups that competed at the three-day event. Without these groups, our success would not be possible. Congratulations to the following groups for making it to the Finals round in their respective classes:

Your First Drumset

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We share this blog post at this time each year.  Christmas is a popular time for kids to get their first kit, so it seemed appropriate to share this again.  myfirstdrumset.com is a great resource for those just getting started in the world of drumming.

Are you taking up drumming for the first time? Are you buying a drum set for the drummer in your life this holiday season? If so, you may want to start at myfirstdrumset.com. This website was created by the people at Pearl Drums with the idea of educating not only the drummer, but the parent or loved one who is buying the set. Here are the highlights:

  • A “Welcome to Drumming” video with appearances by some of the top names in the drumming world.
  • A step-by-step video that shows you how to correctly unpack and set up your drum set.
  • Video tips on tuning, warming up, and playing your first beats on your new drum set.
  • A drum set buying guide.
  • A very informative FAQ section.
  • Statistics that show what a great thing drumming can be for the mind, body, and spirit!

If you or someone you love has decided that this is the year to take up drumming, there really is no better place to start than myfirstdrumset.com! And when you’re ready to make the purchase, Chops Percussion has many great instrument options for you to choose from, including the Roadshow kit. We also have a rent-to-own program that features the Pearl Export: The best selling drum set of all-time! Be sure to check out all of our rental offerings at chopspercussion.com. Welcome to the world of drumming!

Practice More with the Remo Silent Stroke Heads and Zildjian L80 Cymbals

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As a young drummer, I sometimes had a hard time finding ways to practice. The desire to practice was there, but the noise associated with my practice drove everyone else in my house nuts. Today’s drummers have a little more luck in that department. There are some great products out there that can quiet your kit down, so that means more practice time for you! Two of the best products on the market for volume control are the Remo Silent Stroke drumheads and the Zildjian L80 Low-Volume cymbals. Now you can buy them both together! Introducing the Zildjian Quiet Pack (insert pack picture here).

If you’re unfamiliar with these products, check out this video from YouTube user, Buck A.:

The pack will sell for $349.95 and will be available for a limited time only. Email us at chops@chopspercussion.com or call 877-900-DRUM to place your order today!