i just found out that jacques delécluse, percussionist, composer, teacher, and legend died last night in the south of france.
i'll be sharing more of my thoughts as i process them, and i'll let you know about more details when i hear.
my visit last year with mr. delécluse was one of the highlights of my musical life. throughout my formative years learning percussion until now, his music has provided constant inspiration to practice, improve, and make a difference in the world.
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.)
my 3-step plan to recover from a performance you'd rather forget
there’s no magic exercise to fix a shaky soft roll or uneven 4-stroke ruffs, so stop looking. the solution lies in how you practice.
includes VIDEO LESSONS, sticking, technical exercises, suggested tempo, excerpt recording, and recommended orchestra recording.
i asked legendary philadelphia orchestra percussionist angela zator nelson (angie for short) to come explain how she learns difficult mallet licks.
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.
do you want a secret weapon on snare drum?
if you want to be employable, you should practice tambourine religiously.
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.