Percussion Education Weekly Reads 8/31/14

For everyone in the United States, we are in the middle of a “long” three day weekend known as Labor Day. It is also a great time read some new articles and get in some extra practice time. After you have read these articles, please leave a comment with something I should check out.

25 Most Useful Websites And Apps For College Students That Will Make You Smarter And More Productive

Understanding the Problem at Hand.

Keeping Practice in Mind

The Extraordinary Benefits of Learning Music

50 Top Parenting Tricks and Hacks That Will Make Life Easier And More Fun

Christopher Deane Tambourine Masterclasses

Christopher Deane, Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of North Texas, discusses some specialized tambourine techniques in three masterclass videos that feature the Black Swamp Percussion Tambourine. There is a lot of great information in these videos and I would highly recommend checking these out over the long weekend.

Masterclass 1: Delicate Roll and Articulation Techniques


Masterclass 2: One Handed Triplets


Masterclass 3: “Opposable Thumb” Technique




“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss


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Episode 018: 5,7,9 Stroke Rolls


In today’s episode we take the next step in our double stroke rolls and talk about 5, 7, 9 stroke rolls. When executing bounced strokes, make sure you are letting the stick do all of the work. If you have a good fulcrum, a relaxed grip and you allow the stick to bounce, over time you will develop a good sounding roll. Remember: One Arm Stroke, Two Bounces.

Please feel free to leave comments and/or questions below.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate

Drum Pad Resources


The last two episodes have featured my reviews about different drum pads that are available. Check them out here:

Episode 016: Practice Pad Reviews Pt. 1

Episode 017: Practice Pad Reviews Pt. 2

In the videos, I talk about the two types of drum pads: rubber and drumhead. Both types of pads have their advantages and disadvantages. For most of my warmups, I use the bdl Percussion Pad, because I really like the feel and sound. If I am relaxed, I can hear the vibration of the stick. I have never had that experience with any other pad and that is one of the reasons that I endorse their drum pads. (Full Disclosure, I endorse bdl Percussion and Remo). In my studio, I use the Remo pad if a student is playing through a piece for the first time.

But remember, a drum pad will never replace a drum. It does have the same feel and if you always practice on a pad, your sound on a snare drum will suffer. In general, I use a drum pad for warmups and when I am learning or working on a new piece. If I am playing snare drum on a concert, I will make sure that I use a snare drum leading up to the performance.

Below are the links of the different pads that I used in the videos. Please support these companies. They are making great products.

Remo 8″ Practice Pad with Stand

bdl Percussion

Other Examples:
Remo 6″ Practice Pad

Remo 8″ Practice Pad

Remo 10″ Practice Pad

RealFeel – 6 Inch

RealFeel Apprentice Pad Stand

Destiny Pro Pad

RamPad – Symphonic Series Blue

Remo Putty Pad

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