How many times have you stepped up to the marimba to work on a passage and it seems like you have never seen the music before even though you spent hours practicing the day before? Well guess what? This happens to everyone including me. It is frustrating and makes you want to throw your mallets across the room. If this sounds familiar, I want you to start incorporating block chords into your practice routine.
Over the past couple of months, I have been introducing snare drum rudiments. For the percussionist, rudiments are like scales. You should be practicing them everyday just like a wind player practices scales. In today’s video, I would like to introduce my snare drum warm-up that I wrote a year ago. This 12 minute warm-up includes all of the basic strokes to give you a well rounded warm-up. Please download a copy of my snare drum warm-up, get out your practice pad, a metronome and go for it.
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Every Instrument in this Room by Geoff Sheil is a new piece for vibraphone, marimba and electronic playback. This performance features Paul Keesling, vibraphone and Robby Bowen, marimba. For more information about Geoff and his music, visit his website.
We are half way through September and we are nearing the end of the MLB Season. (Go Dodgers). Yesterday, I wrote a post about “Why Do We Study Music?” Please check it out and share it with other music educators. I would love any feedback on the post as well as any links to additional supporting documents. Have a great week and thanks for your continued support. (more…)
This may be an obvious question for most of us, but as I continue to think about the future of music education and how we can reach more people, I think we need to be able to justify “Why We Study Music.” Too often we don’t quantify or have solid evidence why someone should study music. We all know how it feels to work hard, practice and then perform to the best of our ability. Unfortunately, our government agencies can’t or won’t understand why they should fund arts organizations. We need to be able to give them solid, research based evidence. (more…)
In the previous episode, I have talked about the triple stroke roll. Please make sure to review that video for more information. In today’s episode, I introduce the multiple bounce roll, aka the “Buzz Roll.” Let me know if you have any questions and comments. (more…)
Classic percussion ensemble literature and one of the top 10 most performed pieces in our literature. This video features Pierre Boulez conducting the Ensemble InterContemporain.
For more information about this piece, read the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Program Notes.
By now, everyone is back in school and getting back into the swing of things. Are there any new pieces that we should check out? Please make a comment below. As always, if there is something that you read this week, let me know and I can add it to the list next week. Have a great week! (more…)
There is a lot of great music being written for concert snare drum and this piece definitely fits into that category. Bounce, for snare drum and pre-reorder audio was composed and performed by Anthony M. Di Bartolo. This performance was recorded, mixed and assisted by David DeLizza. Filming and video effects by Jeffrey Masino. Recording space – mSOUNd studios (Philadelphia, PA).
In the previous episodes, I have talked about how to develop the double stroke roll. (Double Stroke Rolls and 5,7,9 Stroke Rolls.) Please make sure to review those videos for more information. In today’s episode, I introduce the “concert style roll,” aka the Triple Bounce Roll. Let me know if you have any questions and comments.