Episode 026: Composing using the Rudiments

I am a strong believer that we can and should all try to compose music. Composing is a skill that can be learned. Over time you continue to develop this skill with regular practice. (Sound familiar?) There are a lot of great resources on the internet, including The Art of Composing which includes articles, blog posts and a podcast about composing.

So how can you get started? The first place I recommend is to start with the snare drum rudiments. I have used this process with my middle school students as well as my college students in my percussion methods course. Here’s a step-by-step process to help you compose a new piece for snare drum. (more…)

Percussion Axiom TV: Episode #22 “This is how I roll” part 3

By Thomas Burritt

This episode was originally posted on December 15th, 2008.

What is the purpose for developing extended, specialized techniques? In this episode we focus on four-mallet rolling utilizing the Stevens Grip, and explore how 4 different roll types can be used together to fool our listeners! (into thinking we are sustaining a note…)

Share with us how you apply extended techniques to musical expression in your own playing. Leave your comments in the Chattr Section.

For past episodes visit: Percussion Axiom TV

Percussion Axiom TV: Episode #5

This is part 2 of 6 PATV episodes relating to sound and tone production originally posted in July 2008. For more PATV episodes related to this post visit his PATV site at: Percussion Axiom TV

Note: The playing demonstrations in this post were performed on a resonator-less marimba.

Building on Chris Wilson’s August 26th post: “Good Technique is Good” in this episode we dig deeper into sound production through basic stroke technique for four mallet marimba. (more…)

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.

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