when you're trying to decide which delécluse étude to start working on next, you should really know how often they're each asked for on auditions. i got my hands on 84 audition lists from the united states and around the world, from top-tier orchestras and regional symphonies, and from sub auditions to principal positions, and analyzed the numbers.
delécluse études in auditions, by the numbers:
want to see my complete snare drum setup?
here’s my 8-piece snare drum setup, including every piece of gear and accessory you'll need. (and it's totally audition-ready, too.)
college auditions decide your life, so choosing your repertoire has to be very carefully considered.
i’ve heard lots of marimba players with huge potential shoot themselves in the foot by missing these basic elements of musicality.
can you slam together two trash can lids and make a beautiful sound? welcome to crash cymbals. here’s how to practice cymbals to stop getting air pockets and ugly crashes.
stick control and the rudiments have never fixed my snare drum problems. this is the 60 minute(ish) snare drum warm up that actually works.
it’s so annoying when you’re trying to get a piece ready for your lesson or for an audition and there’s one part of it that seems impossible.
how to play a smooth timpani roll (and 4 reasons your roll sounds like “bligabogldkgavlknlelkeevke” instead of “LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL”.)
so…one thing i’m terrible at (and not really ashamed to admit it) is independent rolls on marimba.