Posted 30 November 2004 - 04:30 PM
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Posted 03 January 2005 - 02:26 AM
Another simpler option is to double parts on mallet instruments (bassoon = bass end of marimba; oboe=vibraphone, marimba, etc. - be creative and omit sections as you would like for color). We do this as well, and it ensures more students play on concerts. Obviously this cannot work at contests, but is a great learning tool for them to get more experience on keyboards.
Posted 12 January 2005 - 12:29 AM
Percussionists have a completely different set of worries than a wind player. Lung capacity and emboucer(sp?) play no role in the technical aspects of our music. Instead the percussion section has to mainly worry about tempo sub-division and syncopation along with all the rudiments.
Things to correct this are as follows:
Have percussionist double on parts and force them to play all the instruments...keyboards, timpani, and snare. (aux is always good to know as well)
WARNING: Too much doubling causes your percussionist to think they arnt i important or that their only job is to mimick a wind instrument.
If your band is up to an advanced level there are lots of pieces that have wierd accent patterns and lot of percussion. This will keep them busy because their egos will kick in and they wont want to screw up.
You can also assign rudiment tests. This will help any percussionist tremeduously.
Have them learn different techniques and there are many
Timpani- french grip or american grip
Snare- matched or traditional
Mallets- (4) stevens or burton
Just keep them involved. Percussionist also like showing off so put that to use. Assign them a student leader (section leader) and give them a workable ensemble. Let them have the spotlight at your next concert for one song instead of just making them backround effects.
Lastly, Percussionist, contrary to popular belief are musicians too. Treat them as musicians. Rehearse them. Pay attention to them other than when they are talking. Engage them in music and they will respond.
Also think of your section leader as your ambassador to a foriegn land. Most likely your section leader will understand the link between the winds and percussionists best so USE him/her to get them to do what you want.
Hope that helps.....
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