Percussion Insights

HOW TO ORGANIZE THE SYMPHONIC PERCUSSION SECTION (the unseen work of the Principal Percussionist)

In addition to performing difficult and exposed music parts, the job of the Principal Percussionist involves organizing the percussion section: determining the extras to be hired, compiling instrument lists, ensuring unusual instrument requests will be available for the concert, plotting the map of where instruments go on stage, making instrument assignment choices, ensuring assigned music…

WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR RHYTHM? Are you rushing? Are you dragging?

Announcing an 8-week Rhythm Mastery Class Oct 10 – Nov 28, 2020, and new Rhythm Mastery Book! I will be offering an 8-week rhythm course on Zoom open to all instrumentalists and singers, Oct 10 – Nov 28, Saturdays at 10:00 am – 11:00 am and 11:10 am to 12:10 pm. Two levels are available.…

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RHYTHM – Strengthening Beat and Subdivision

I believe that “rhythm is a muscle” and it is possible to perform “rhythmic weight lifting” in order to strengthen this muscle. There are many aspects to improving rhythm: strengthening beat and subdivision; learning to avoid “rhythm traps” – transitions where you might unintentionally speed up or slow down; practicing odd meters; learning about the…

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