HAPI Drum Slims Down, Tunes Up, Sells Out

We introduced the HAPI Drum as a NAMM Gem find earlier this year.  The folks at HapiTones have added a new model, the HAPI Slim.  As demonstrated below by John Pascuzzi (aka the World’s most mellow drummer), the HAPI Slim is shorter than previous models, while maintaining the same surface area for playing. The smaller [...]

By | July 28th, 2010|Drums|

Update: All I Want for Christmas is a 2BOX DrumIt 5

Ever since we named the 2BOX DrumIt 5 as the Best New Product at the 2010 NAMM Show, our original article has maintained the #1 spot as the most popular post on MMT.  Since about 68% of our traffic comes from the United States, we checked back with Bengt from 2BOX on US availability.  Put [...]

By | July 23rd, 2010|Drums|

Play > Tambourine: Cinco de Mayo Style

There are a couple companies that go out of their way to educate drummers.  Today we look at Latin Percussion (LP) in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  This holiday is close to our hearts as Margaritas are the official drink of the MMT household. Advanced Tambourine Techniques with Jim Greiner Jim responds to the global [...]

By | May 5th, 2010|Drums|

HAPI UFO: One Drum, Ten Scales

John Pascuzzi (aka the World's most mellow drummer) let us know about the new Hapi UFO (Unique Frcequency Orb) drums. While the orignal Hapi has 8 notes from a single pentatonic (5-note) scale, the UFO has 11 notes and allows you to play nine pentatonic scales and one hexatonic (six-note) scale: A integral.  [...]

By | April 16th, 2010|Drums|

Update: 2BOX DrumIt Five

Heard back from Bengt at 2BOX and updated the original post with the following information: 1. Have you found a US distributor? We have some leads we are working on but we are not in a rush as we need to ramp up production before entering the US market. At this time we are pretty [...]

By | March 1st, 2010|Drums|

Best of NAMM, Part II: 2BOX DrumIt Five

NAMM is the National Association of Music Merchants and producer of the music industry's largest and world's loudest trade show. This is the second article in a series that looks at the best people and products discovered at the 2010 NAMM show. See Best of NAMM, Part 1: PRS Guitars. Best New Product: 2BOX DrumIt [...]

By | February 26th, 2010|Drums|

NAMM Gem #2: HAPI Drums

Some of the best stuff was tucked against the back walls or in the basement of the 2010 NAMM show. HAPI drums are tuned, steel tongue hand drums that are easy to learn and fun to play.  Inspired by the hang drum, they are a lot less expensive, and you don't need to [...]

By | February 20th, 2010|Drums|

Practice > How to Bang a Drum

First: Learn How to Hold the Sticks This is a great series on the Moeller Method that starts from the very beginning: holding the sticks.  A lot of beginners hold them like clubs or bats and swing them with their arms and hands.  The inevitable result is that everything is played too loud.  In order [...]

By | February 19th, 2010|Drums|