rob’s complete lieutenant kije resource page


guys! if you are preparing lieutenant kijé for auditions, you've come to the right place.

  • here's an overview of the 4 most important issues about kijé. make sure to download the exercises and comment at the bottom of this blog post if you have questions for me!

  • by the way. THIS ONE WILL GET BETTER. don't give up.

  • it's the bane of my existance, and it might be yours too, but keep working on it in new, creative ways and it will slowly improve.

basic info

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  1. for AUDITIONS, you need a small, dry, compact sound

  2. big, fat sounds might work in the orchestra but they'll overwhelm your audition committee

  3. try a 4x13" maple pearl philharmonic w/ a silk handkerchief



  1. for the 4-stroke ruffs, the grace notes always need to be shaped TO the primary note

  2. the grace notes always need to be spaced out EVENLY (although don't let them push the primary forward or else you'll be late...)

  3. you can play almost all of the grace notes pretty wide so the audition judges (who will be sitting at a distance) can still hear each one seperately

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  1. these should go without saying BUT I HAVE TO SAY THEM ANYWAY
  • don't play unaccented notes loud enough to be mistaken as accents
  • don't play accented notes soft enough to be mistaken as non-accents
  • you should still make music out of the notes even though you have two distinct dynamic levels
  1. work on hands apart. play one hand on the rim while focusing on the other

  2. practice with metronome on every beat so your note lengths adjust to the quarter note

  3.  practice with metronome on every downbeat
    (quarter note = 30) to develop your inner sense of time

  4. download my kijé exercises and stickings and watch my 20 minute complete lieutenant kijé training by clicking the link below!

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what stickings do i use for kijé?

download stickings, phrasing, and my best exercises here:


rob knopper

hailed by @nytimes and james levine as needing 'louder triangle notes'. recorded delécluse: douze études for snare drum, percussionist in @metorchestra.