Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Return of the T.P. Blog


It has been far too long since the last Total Percussion Blog POST! A lot has changed personally and professionally in my life. I have bought a house, changed day jobs, premiered a Percussion Concerto with an orchestra, and most recently, GOT MARRIED! AHH! 😁

That being said, I need to continue the blog. Teaching has been and always will be my passion. I am going to do my best to actively post Micro Lessons, covering all areas of percussion. These short video clips will be a max of 2 minutes and cover a very important technique, style, feel, groove, or element to add to your bag of tricks. The Micro Lessons will also cover all skill levels and difficulties. I hope you enjoy and engage with me via social media.

Remember, I am always looking for suggestions or topics you want to hear about. Email suggestions directly to me at totalpercussionblog@gmail.com or reach out on FacebookInstagram, or YouTube.

All Micro Lessons will be posted directly to Instagram and YouTube, and of course here!

Happy hitting!

JW

Monday, November 12, 2012

T.P. Blog Lesson #8- Something A Little Different...




It is that time once again!!! Today's lesson is a little different (Correction, this is Lesson #8, not 7 as I said in the video!). We are discussing music programs in schools and the state of the American Symphony Orchestra.

Enjoy the conversation, and as always, feel free to leave your comments! A super HUGE thank you to Katie Ammann of The Music School of Roanoke Rapids and Marilee Teasley from MSU for dropping by and making this hangout a reality!!!!

If you want more information about specific orchestras and the current situation, check out the OrchestraPlayers website on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

T.P. Blog- Lesson #7- Thompson Double Traditional Grip?



WOW!!!! It has been incredibly too long since my last lesson!  So much has happened in the past year...  Let me take a hot second to fill you in!

After the last post, The Music School Of Roanoke Rapids had an amazing inaugural summer!  I am so fortunate to have been asked to be involved there.  After a crazy trip back to Indianapolis, I began my push to finish my masters at Butler.  I ended up participating in so much amazing music there and finished with an amazingly fun recital! (if you want to catch the live-stream recording... you can here!!!)

After graduation, I got a job with Apple and moved to Chicago! YEAH ILLINOIS!!!  Life is super exciting right now, and I wanted to try and devote more time to the blog.  So, without further a due, here is a video shot while finishing up at Butler and is mostly a parody... Or is it???  I want to thank a very special guest for this episode (all the way from Canada) for lending his expertise and insight on the technique that he single handedly developed... on the spot.  So, thank you Francois (aka Brendan) for demonstrating the amazingly useful Thompson Double Traditional Grip!  Don't forget to work on those ETT's!!!  Enjoy!

Monday, June 13, 2011

T.P. Blog- Lesson #6- Starting Your Own Private Studio


This summer, I am teaching at The Music School of Roanoke Rapids, in Roanoke Rapids, NC! This lesson is a little different in that the topic is not anything specific to percussion, but rather dealing with starting your own private music studio. I will show you around the Music School and show you what we have created here.

I also got a chance to interview the owner, Katie Ammann. If you have any more questions about opening up your own studio or about what is going on with the Music School, please post in the comments section! The website for the Music School is http://www.themusicschoolofroanokerapids.com

Thanks for tuning in!