Percussion Education Reads 3/23/19

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The first three months of 2019 are over and I wrote this Percussion Education Reads with some articles about goals. Did you set up goals at the beginning of the year? How are you progressing? One of my goals was to read more and that is going well. One of the books I have been reading is The Bullet Journal Method. (If you are not familiar with the Bullet Journal, refer to my blog post Percussion Education Reads – 6/3/18.) For me, this is the perfect tool for planning, tracking and scheduling. It doesn’t matter how you track your goals, just do it!

Here are some articles to check out about goals. Enjoy and let me know what you are reading.

How to Develop Better Habits in 2019 – Ryan Holiday

Another typical New Year’s resolution post. Or not – Gabriela Shel

Don’t Have Any Goals? I Have A Goal Everyone Should Pursue – Jeff Barton

Time Management 101 – Carolyn Bremer

Solo Marimba Performance of Bach’s Chaconne

The Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of my favorite compositions. This is especially true performed on solo marimba. I will never forget Jean Geoffroy’s performance the Chaconne at the 2017 International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy. Today’s video features a beautiful performance of Chaconne performed and arranged by Mika Stoltzman.

Recorded at Purchase Performing Center (New York City, NY) on 2-28-2018. The recording producer was Steven Epstein and filmed by Mikako Ishii. (more…)

Crossroads by Ivan Trevino

I hope everyone knows Ivan Trevino’s music! If not, visit his website or YouTube and start listening. (Watch Catching Shadows (Marimba Duo)). Crossroads for marimba and cajon, was written for Bryce Turner.

Ivan’s says that Crossroads is an intersection of rhythmic complexity and melodic simplicity. Throughout the piece, the two players share complex unison rhythms. At times, the cajón player also plays deskbells with feet.

Vic Firth Jams Live

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In January 2018, Vic Firth hosted its first ever #vfJAMS LIVE recording session at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, California. This amazing event showcased some of the world’s top drummers performing with Robert “Sput” Searight and the all-star vfJAMS Band!

This is an incredible series. Vic Firth’s content for percussion is always high quality and these jam sessions feature videos, transcriptions, and PDFs so you can learn the tune. Check it out and let me know your favorite performance in comments below.

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