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.
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.
let’s talk about snare drum gear for a minute.
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.
a few considerations when choosing your college if you eventually want an orchestra job
i'd like to invite you to step into rob's practice room, aka my new youtube channel!
3 steps to replace and clear your snare drum head.
how to tune your snare drum for délécluse, auditions, and orchestra. download my free snare drum tuning guide!
and 20 mock audition stress-inducers
should you practice kije all day, or make sure to touch all the instruments? (with helpful advice from chris deviney, principal percussionist in the philadelphia orchestra!)
(video) how to break down a buzz roll into its simplest elements and build it back into a smooth trill.
3 steps to creating the 'you' school of snare drum.
including what mallets i use on porgy, sorcerer's apprentice, and salome.
it's called the 'peaks and valley's exercise, and it's awesome.
4 years, 5 months, 26 days, and about 21 hours ago, i won a spot in the MET orchestra. 15 minutes before that, i flipped my recorder on, threw it in my bag, and got the whole thing on tape.
i just found out that jacques delécluse, a percussionist, composer, teacher, and legend, died last night in the south of france.
how do we actually show musicality? i mean… it’s a snare drum.
it turns out that despite the fact that non-percussionists chose inferior instruments, they actually have some good ideas. billy short is a bassoonist who knows a thing or two.
will james is the principal percussionist of the st. louis symphony. before that, he was in the new world symphony, before me.
ever wonder how frequently all your favorite delécluse études really show up in auditions? here's that data, based on a study of a cross section of 84 audition lists.