Do you listen to 80s music? The 80s music channel is my favorite on Pandora. Growing up in the 80s and learning how to play drum set to Huey Lewis and News, I always wondered how to tune my snare drum the way I heard on recordings. This video explains how gated reverb became the iconic 80s snare drum sound.
For some audio examples of gated reverb, check out this Spotify playlist that Vox.com compiled.
A couple of months ago, Doug Perkins sat down with Michael Burritt, Percussion Professor at Eastman University, to talk about teaching, music, and family. There are other podcasts including interviews with Josh Quillen, Eric Beach, Ivan Trevino, and John Kennedy. What are your favorite podcasts? Leave a comment below.
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 (____)”
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.
One word about this video: Inspiring! Take the time and watch this.
Joshua Jones from Detroit, Michigan is the “perfect storm” of natural talent. Jones got an early start playing the drums, understands how hard it is to get a job as a percussionist, and has an unyielding dedication to perfect his skills. Those four elements collide in this episode of Uncharted and capture him on the precipice of landing a job in one of the most exclusive artistic clubs in the world.
It has been a fun year and I appreciate everyone who has visited the site over the past year. 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 2015.
1) 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.
2) Episode 026: Composing using the Rudiments: Over the past year, I have been writing some new snare drum pieces. I will be sharing these soon. I hope to see some of your pieces as well.
3) Why Do We Study Music?: A great justification of why we study music. Thank you TED Ed.
4) Vic Firth Marimba Literature Library: VicFirth.com is a destination website for a lot of percussion content. Go spend some time check out the site.
5) Fractalia by Owen Clayton Condon: Great piece by Owen Clayton Condon performer by the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble.