today’s video is about how to practice something that seems impossible.
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. i’m talking about a super technically difficult thing that is so hard that you can’t think about anything else.
you try to think about musicality, about making phrases, about dynamics and such....but in reality you’re so scared that some hard thing in the piece is going to derail everything that basically nothing else matters.
i firmly believe that you can overcome any technical challenge, no matter how impossible it seems.
want to see how i warm up on snare drum?
here's the free pdf that will take you through the whole process.
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?
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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.
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.