Late MEGADETH Drummer Nick Menza’s Drumstick Tips

I’ve always felt that former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza was one of the most underrated drummers in the history of the instrument – bringing a rare combination of technique, swing, and accent to a style of music that’s often pretty stringent.

Author J. Marshall Craig will be giving Menza his due in the upcoming book Megalife (due later this year), which he began working on before Menza’s untimely death last year. As a part of the research for the project, the duo recorded a series of drum workshop videos in Menza’s Studio City, LA home. You can view one of the first installments of those clips above.

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Max is a senior editor and producer of Gear Gods and member of the collective Party Smasher Inc. He studies jazz composition and improvisation in New York City.