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.
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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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.
The last two episodes have featured my reviews about different drum pads that are available. Check them out here:
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
Remo 6″ Practice Pad