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Check Your Habits

January 17th, 2012 · No Comments · lessons, life of a percussionist, practicing

The human body is an amazing machine. Do anything often enough and consistently enough, and it will start to feel natural. This can be both a blessing and a curse. As musicians, we want our physical motions to become habitual. As I always tell my students – we study technique so that we don’t have […]

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Learning A Second Instrument

August 30th, 2011 · No Comments · life of a percussionist, practicing

As musicians, we all tend to dabble a bit. Who hasn’t had a “round robin” at rehearsal just to break things up a bit? And I’d bet there’s probably a pennywhistle in the back of a drawer somewhere in your house, too! Lately, I’ve been diving in to learning bass guitar, and I’ve noticed a […]

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Better Music Reading Through Predicting The Future

March 28th, 2011 · No Comments · lessons, practicing, video

It’s time to practice reading music, and really conquering that part of our musical development. One of the key factors that separates master readers from average readers is the amount of information taken in at a glance. Average readers let their eyes track along with what they are playing, which is actually really hard to […]

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New Video Drumset Lesson

October 26th, 2009 · 6 Comments · lessons, practicing, video

I’ve just posted a new, FREE video lesson to the site. This is the first in a series of lessons dealing with rudiments at the drumset. Lesson 1 is focused on Rudiment #1, the single stroke roll. Stay tuned, we’ll eventually cover all 40 rudiments in drumset applications. .pdf notation for this lesson is available […]

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Smells Like Practice!

October 16th, 2009 · No Comments · gear, life of a percussionist, practicing

So what does practice smell like? I’ve never really thought about it, but recently I had two smell-induced flashbacks to my high school band days, and it made me think about it! Flashback one: I opened up my binder full scores for the marching band I’ve been working with. Around this point in the season, […]

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