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…)
The Longhorn Marimba Intensive is underway and the curriculum session tomorrow afternoon will focus on strengthening and efficiency of movement when playing Steven’s grip behind the marimba. Since many of you aren’t able to be there I thought you might enjoy a little taste of what I plan to cover in tomorrow. How do you develop strength in your playing? Have any exercise suggestions? Leave your thoughts in the Chattr Section.
Today, The Marimbalogist discusses interval changes utilizing the Stevens Technique. What tips do you have for beginners learning to shift intervals? What helped you when learning to change intervals? Leave your thoughts about this important topic in the Chattr Section.
It’s that time of year in academia when students and faculty have the opportunity to attend seminars/festivals/drum corps or begin significant projects and other musical endeavors. Today we poll the PATV and DrumChattr community about what you guys are up to this summer. Or, looking back, what were your most important summer musical experiences? Leave your thoughts in the the Chattr Section.
This PATV episode was shot on location in June of 2009, from the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar at Trinity Church, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the site of the 1st LHS International Marimba Competition in 1995. We talk about an important time in marimba history and I play a little Stout for the occasion. This years seminar promises to be a great one. Leave your thoughts in the Chattr Section.