welcome! i'm rob knopper. i play percussion in the met orchestra, and i was once hailed by the new york times and james levine as needing 'louder triangle notes.'
i also write things for keen and motivated musicians like yourself. i failed my way through years of unsuccessful auditions and rejected applications before i got my job at the met, so my goal is to help you get where you're going quicker and smarter than i did. i truly think that any one of you could achieve a job like mine.
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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.
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.
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.
if you’re the person who practices the MOST, does that mean you’re gonna win your next audition?
i interviewed jake nissly of the SF symphony for today's video! it’s all about how to take musical risks in auditions, and i also ask him how he won 3 principal auditions in a row.
so…one thing i’m terrible at (and not really ashamed to admit it) is independent rolls on marimba.
why you can’t let these ‘limiting beliefs’ stop you from auditioning.
why you can't afford to "wait until you're ready" to start taking auditions.