PASIC is over and it was great to see some many friends and colleagues! Congrats to the PAS staff and board for a successful event. I am looking forward to next year. Thanksgiving is this week and I am thankful for everyone who reads this blog. Thanks for your support over the years and I look forward to the future. Here’s some articles to check out over the break. Let me know what you are reading. Please leave a comment below.
Let’s talk Bartok (or: Making Things Sound As Easy As They Aren’t) by Jeremy Epp
Learning Something New? Try This Mental Practice Tweak That Could Accelerate the Learning Process By Noa Kageyama
Website Design Inspiration: Best Music Teacher Websites by Melanie @ Bandzoogle.com
What You Need to Know About Taxes If You Make Money from the Gig Economy by Kristin Wong
What it means to be a critical thinker and why marketers need to embrace the concept by Matt Umbro
I always enjoy finding hidden gems on the internet. A while ago, I posted the drumset audio track of Jeff Porcaro playing Rosanna. What an iconic groove! In today’s post, I want to share another fantastic drumset audio track by legend Neil Peart. This track features his drumming on Tom Sawyer. Are there any tracks you have heard that you would like to share with the community? Please leave a comment below and I will post them.
This is a big week in the world of percussion. Over 5000 percussionists and over 90 marching bands will converge onto Indianapolis, IN for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the Bands of America Grand National Championships. Are you going? I’ll be there for PASIC with the Yamaha Percussion Team. If you are there, please come by the booth and say hi. It’s a going to be a great week for everyone involved. Here are some articles to check out on your plane flight. (more…)
Over the past couple of years, there have been many college percussion instructors who have recorded performances of the all-state repertoire for various states. Some of them include Thomas Burritt, Mark Ford, Matthew Holm and many more. (Search YouTube for “All-State Percussion” to find more). All of these are great resources for the young percussionist and I am happy to see so many great performances of these audition pieces.
Recently, Matt Cook, GRAMMY® Award winning percussionist and member of the LAPQ, has released the 2016 CMEA All-State Audition Tutorials. These tutorials include a performance video, a tutorial video, click tracks and PDF study guides for each piece. Check out the page on Innovative Percussion for all of the resources. Bravo Matt!
Head to Toe by Molly Joyce
Performed by Mike Truesdell
Video: Evan Chapman (Four Ten Media)
A note from the composer Molly Joyce:
“Head to Toe was inspired by my experience performing in high school marching band, and thus the idea that one player can perhaps become a whole marching band himself. When I was working on the piece, I was specifically reflecting back on the Friday night football games, and found it particularly interesting how during the majority of these events the marching band stands still in the bleachers, barely marching at all. Therefore with the video for this piece, I wanted to highlight this contradiction by having the solo performer “march” in the bleachers, becoming a single-person marching band aurally and visually.”
Joe Morello, legendary drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet and his drumming on Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk, also wrote one of the best technique books for snare drum called Master Studies. If you don’t own this book, I would highly suggest that you add it to your collection of technique books. Joe describes this book as the continuation of Stick Control (another must own book).
Our friends over at Drummerworld.com, a great resource for videos and lessons from the top drumset players, has written a post on Joe Morello’s Killer Exercise (Ex. 22). You can check out the video and sheet music on their site.
What other exercises do you frequently use? Leave a comment below and let me know.
I have featured the original recording of Andy Aikido’s Karakurenai a couple of months ago. It is a great piece for steel pan and marimba. During the summer, a former student, James Yoshizawa, recorded a video of him playing it on marimba.
“miracle ear” by David Lang
Video & Audio by Evan Chapman of Four/Ten Media
Performed by Matt Evans
Cymbals are one of my favorite percussion instruments. In my studio, I stress the importance of triangle, tambourine and cymbal technique. A couple of months ago, I found this great resource on cymbal playing, CymbalExcellence.com. The site features Thomas Stubbs who is currently the cymbal specialist and associate principal timpanist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. You can easily get lost in the audio and videos of Mr. Stubbs instructing and playing the orchestral cymbal repertoire. This site is for beginning percussionists as well as professionals. I highly recommend this website and I hope everyone will visit this site. You won’t be sorry and I am sure you will learn a thing or two about cymbal playing.
“Originally composed in 2012, I made significant revisions to the piece in 2015, with the inclusion of an entirely new section. The piece combines two of my favorite instruments to perform on: marimba and drum set. The outer portions feature the marimba, with contrasting sections that use a variety of time signatures and harmonic ideas. By design, some phrases place the marimba in the role as accompanist, while most phrases see it scored as the solo voice. The middle section is meant to be a fun jam section based on the groove the underlies the piece from the very beginning. While portions of the middle section are open for improvisation, certain sections are written out to aid with transitions.” (From YouTube Description).
For more information about Rob and his compositions, contract Rob Sanderl.