Monday, December 20, 2010

T.P. Blog- Lesson #4- Crash Cymbal Basics

Today I discuss my crash philosophy and detail the "Coda" from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on the lesson.

I also would love to hear if you have experienced any situations where the conductor has asked you to do something "out-of-the-ordinary" or requested you to play a part differently than you had prepared? I would love to hear your thoughts about these situations, because they happen all too often! What was requested of you? How did you react? Was this a valid musical suggestion, or was it outlandishly CRAZY??

I think in the end, we are just the performers. The "big picture" is larger than, say you or me as individuals. It is our job as performers to do what we are told, especially on the spot. Then, I believe you have the right to question the maestro in private, and/or make a different suggestion. Nothing should be questioned during a rehearsal, especially in front of the ensemble! You need to find a happy medium of being professional, yet not being pushed around.

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Have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

T.P. Blog- Lesson #3- Keyboard Technique In The Front Ensemble

So, as marching bands begin to pick up their rehearsals, I decided to spend a little bit of time with mallet technique and how that relates to the front ensemble.

I mention Tom Burritt, and his Percussion Axiom TV. Here is the link to PATV. Check it out! He has some great stuff going on there! His latest episode, #66, details some great stuff on Steven's Grip.

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