Joe Morello, legendary drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet and his drumming on Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk, also wrote one of the best technique books for snare drum called Master Studies. If you don’t own this book, I would highly suggest that you add it to your collection of technique books. Joe describes this book as the continuation of Stick Control (another must own book).
Our friends over at Drummerworld.com, a great resource for videos and lessons from the top drumset players, has written a post on Joe Morello’s Killer Exercise (Ex. 22). You can check out the video and sheet music on their site.
What other exercises do you frequently use? Leave a comment below and let me know.
Cymbals are one of my favorite percussion instruments. In my studio, I stress the importance of triangle, tambourine and cymbal technique. A couple of months ago, I found this great resource on cymbal playing, CymbalExcellence.com. The site features Thomas Stubbs who is currently the cymbal specialist and associate principal timpanist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. You can easily get lost in the audio and videos of Mr. Stubbs instructing and playing the orchestral cymbal repertoire. This site is for beginning percussionists as well as professionals. I highly recommend this website and I hope everyone will visit this site. You won’t be sorry and I am sure you will learn a thing or two about cymbal playing.
Flutist Leone Buyse talks about practicing scales. Even though this is a flute video, it can easily be applied to mallet percussion instruments. Be sure to check out the entire video please visit MUSAIC.
How many times have you stepped up to the marimba to work on a passage and it seems like you have never seen the music before even though you spent hours practicing the day before? Well guess what? This happens to everyone including me. It is frustrating and makes you want to throw your mallets across the room. If this sounds familiar, I want you to start incorporating block chords into your practice routine. (more…)
Have you ever started working on a new etude or piece and found that there were a couple of measures that we more difficult and needed some extra attention? I know I have (especially in Delecluse #9)! (more…)
For the snare drummer, stickings are analogous to bowings for string players. There are two main systems for stickings: 1) Free Alternating System and 2) Right Hand Lead System. Each systems has their advantages and disadvantages. Check out the video for an explanation of each system. (more…)