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.

As always, thank you for watching! And I encourage you to leave comments here or at

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday!