most people spend their valentine’s days doing something romantic, or at the very least chocolate-oriented. even the met opera is performing bartok's bluebeard’s castle, an opera about two lovers. (they actually are lovers, regardless of the fact that he ends up murdering her and putting her on display with a selection of other previously-murdered girlfriends. how poetic.)
february 14th: the 12 délecluse études, performed live
i would like to invite you to a thoroughly whimsical way to spend your afternoon: attend a performance of all twelve delécluse études, performed by me! yes, that’s right. from 5-5:50pm on february 14th, i will perform all twelve of them. make your way to the 2015 PAS KoSA day of percussion at the frederick loewe theatre, 35 w. 4th st., new york, new york.
how to practice and interpret the études
in addition to performing the entire book live, i'll lead discussion on the études. here are the types of things i’m going to discuss, including but not limited to:
-ideas on how to interpret and stylize delécluse études
-choosing an étude for auditions
-how to practice and learn an étude
-what it was like to record the album of all twelve études
to sweeten the offer a little bit, here’s the list of all the other things going on that day. notice that my class is at 5pm, not at 4 as is listed in the program.
see you there!
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.)
last week, duncan patton, my former colleague at the met opera, demonstrated how to build a basic legato stroke on timpani. today he’s back to show you the other 8 stroke types you should learn to build a complete sound pallet.
in high school i found an old PAS article on building a legato timpani stroke that changed my life. i didn’t know it at the time, but the author would turn out to be my colleague in the met orchestra, duncan patton. here’s duncan's guide to building a legato stroke, 22 years later.
your mallet bag should be a collection of the best of the best. you should choose new mallets in a scientific way, without wasting money.
on my first day of freshman year in college, greg zuber handed me a 283-page packet of snare drum exercises, charts, grip diagrams, and articles. thus began my college snare drum journey. in today’s video he explains some of his most important foundational snare drum concepts that you can incorporate into your daily snare warmup.
if you want to be an orchestral percussionist, should you do drum corps or will it ruin your stroke? i asked jake nissly, principal percussionist of the san francisco symphony and former member of the dubuque colts.
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.