The 5 Worst Posts of 2016

How many top 10 lists did you read this year? Every year, we are inundated with posts about the top “things”. But why are there never “the worst posts of the year?” So I decided to post my 5 worst posts of the year in hopes you take some time to check these out. Happy New Year and I look forward to a great 2017!

Zildjian Education – New World Symphony

Every Instrument in this Room by Geoff Sheil

Raquy and Darbuka Prodigy

Steve Schick: Ojai Online University

Mobius performs “Thank You (____)”

Year in Review: Top Posts of 2016

Thank you for your continued support and here’s to more percussion education in the coming year. It would be great to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and say hi. Happy New Year! Here are the top 5 posts from 2016.

1) On Student Attendance at Faculty Performances: Dr. Tracy Wiggins wrote a great article on the importance of students attending recitals. Read it and share it with your students.

2) Jeff Porcaro plays Rosanna: One of my all time favorite drummers playing the classic groove to Rosanna. Even if you are not a drumset player, you will appreciate this amazing video. Last year this was #1 and it remains in the top 5 again this year.

3) The Greatest Snare Drum Tuning Trick: Every time I watch this video, I always wonder how long the counterhoop will remain flat and round?

4) Snare Drum Head Showdown: A showdown of 14 drum heads in one video.

5) Episode 026: Composing using the Rudiments: Rounding out the top 5, this post continues to be popular. In the coming year, I hope to create more videos about composing.

Maria Finkelmeier performs Inner Eye

Inner Eye is inspired by a statue of Shiva at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The “third eye” or “inner eye” of the statue is believed to see beyond sight, and is the portal into the central energy point of a being. This idea of inward reflection, and dizziness felt when observing the multiple faces of the statue, led the the circular motifs and chaotic moments of this piece.

Maria Finkelmeier, marimba and loop
Scott Quade, videography

Percussion Education Reads 11/20/16

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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

Neil Peart plays Tom Sawyer

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.

Percussion Education Reads 11/5/16

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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…)

2016 CMEA All-State Audition Tutorials

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

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.”

#MondayMotivation: Joe Morello Killer Exercise

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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.

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