As soon as your beginning percussionists can read quarter and eight notes, they can perform this piece. It requires a minimum of three performers, but there is no maximum. You are only limited by the number of instruments available! Just divide the players into three groups: right, middle, and left. “X” notation is used to […]
My Percussion Students are Bored.
Percussion is one of the easiest instruments to begin, and one of the hardest to master. During rehearsals, be sure that every percussionist has a part. You can double up on mallet parts and accessories. When the concert is getting close, then decide who should cover which parts. Mallets can double oboe and flute parts, […]
What Are the Requirements for First Year Percussionists?
Most music students rent or purchase an instrument when they start band. One of the exceptions is the percussion section. Too often I see students with drum sticks and little else. This really delays the learning process and some students never recover. Parents ask me to coach their child prior to entering high school so […]
Welcome to “Answers from a Percussionist”.
Welcome to “Answers from a Percussionist”. When site visitors have questions about playing Orchestral Percussion, percussion techniques or anything else related to percussion instruments, we have a contact form called “Ask a Percussionist”. My goal will be to post an answer to your “Ask a Percussionist” questions within 48 hours usually by email. The best questions […]