Detroit’s Percussionist: Joshua Jones

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.

Percussion Education Reads 1/18/16


NAMM week is finally here! This is my second NAMM as Product Manager for Yamaha Percussion and I am looking forward to a great show. If you are attending NAMM this year, please stop by the Marriott and say hi! It is going to be a beautiful week with the forecast in the 70s. If there is anything you want me to check out, please leave a comment below. Here are some articles to check out as you make your way to NAMM.

London’s new concert hall must be built on sound principles by Rowan Moore

5-Minute Read: The Problem with the Percussion by Dr. Ward Miller

To Listen or Not to Listen: Does Listening to a Recording Help Us Learn Faster and Play More Accurately? by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. by Paige Turner

Percussion Education Weekly Reads 1/12/16


Happy New Year! I am grateful to everyone who has visited this site and supported percussion education. Thank you and here’s to a great 2016! The new year is going well so far and I am getting ready for the NAMM show next week. I hope to post some updates during the show. If there is something you would like me to check out, please leave a comment and I’ll take some pictures and get some information about the product.

Stop “Defending” Music Education by Peter Greene

Music parenting’s unexpected, positive benefits by Amy Nathan

Make Money Blogging: 20 Lessons Going from 0 to $100,000 per Month by Jon Morrow

8 Books Every Percussionist Should Own by Brandon Arvay
In addition, I would add Percussion Instruments and their history by James Blades.

The Greatest Snare Drum Tuning Trick

To follow up yesterday’s post, here’s one of the best, most innovative ways to tune a snare drum. I know this is demonstrated on a drumset snare drum, but I wonder if you could apply this to a concert snare drum? Anyone want to try it out and let me know? Maybe I could a make a video. Let me know if you are interested.

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