#1: Tips on Selecting an Indoor Show for your Winter Drum Line This is the time of year when band directors find themselves with the daunting task of selecting an Indoor Show for their Winter Drum Line. Unfortunately those of us who play trumpet, flute, trombone or oboe haven't the slightest idea where to turn. With the competitive season closing in and ...
10 Ways to Better Manage and Direct Your Percussionists
Ryan R. Laney
Before I begin, let me say that this article is not designed to address specific percussion playing techniques, grips, dampening techniques, or even specific conducting techniques. This article is instead designed to help you as a conductor (and likely non-percussionist) help your percus ...
The Basics of Teaching Technique and Musicianship to the Non-Mallet Player
Daniel BryanPitopia Percussion
Many bands run into the same problem at the start of band camp when it comes to the front ensemble: My best mallet players graduated last year, and the junior high “percussionists” are all headed for the drumline. I’ve got my principa ...
Practice Man, Practice
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
According to the old joke, it’s: practice man, practice. Certainly, practice is central to being a successful musician. Unfortunately, as all music teachers know, the solution is not really that obvious.
A recent article by Robert Rawlins, coordinator of theory at Rowan Un ...
How to Practice
Richard Hahn is Professor Emeritus of Flute and former Director of the Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. He began his career as a flutist with the Milwaukee Chamber Players and was a featured soloist with the Fine Arts String Quartet.
His activities in solo and chamber music have earned him a national reputa ...
Avoid Air Pocket Crashes with Cymabls
Easy tip to avoid catching an air pocket when playing crashes!
Whether you are in an orchestral or marching setting, you are at risk of what we call “catching air” when you crash your cymbals together. When “catching air” happens, the cymbals come together evenly on the edges (refer ...
Consistency with Crash Cymbals
John R. Beck
Teaching cymbal technique is often a neglected topic in the course of study for many young percussionists. Due to time limitations and an overwhelming amount of information that is necessary to learn on snare drum, keyboards, and timpani, the topic isn’t addressed in lessons. The student is left to learn cy ...
THOUGHTS ON PRACTICING
The most important thing to learn is how to practice. If you learn that, you will certainly learn how to play. Many students (and professionals too, for that matter) don't like to practice, don't do it enough, and don't use their practice time productively. Many students don't even know what to do when they are suppos ...
By Staff Sergeant Bill Elliott & Staff Sergeant Steven Hearn
Staff Sergeant Bill Elliott & Staff Sergeant Steven Hearn
Description and Selection
Average triangles measure 6-8 inches.
For a brighter sound, a smaller triangle may be a better choice (not necessarily for playing soft).
For a darker sound, a larger triangle may be a better choice (not necessarily for playing loud ...
Equipped for Success
By Jim Catalano
Turning beginning drummers into total percussionists starts with the right kitMore than just people keeping time, the drum players in your school band can be called upon to play a variety of instruments, including timpani, xylophone, marimba, vibes and bells, as well as the occasional tambourine, triangle, wood block an ...
Basic Techniques for Concert Percussionists
David Taylor is a professional percussionist and recording artist in the Detroit and Chicago areas. He is also a percussion instructor at Wayne State University.