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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mock auditions are an essential part of the audition preparation process. but just doing mocks isn’t going to solve all your problems.
it’s all in the details. exactly how you carry out a mock audition will affect what kind of performance benefit you see from it. today’s video is about 3 of the most common mistakes that i see musicians make in mocks.
and why taking fewer auditions, not more, can work.
sometimes it takes an odd strategy to prepare and win one of the biggest timpani auditions on earth.
a truly devastating audition can lead to a truly meaningful audition pivot.
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.
what gives you a better shot of passing the tape round of an audition: sending in an all-natural, unedited tape, or doing some editing and submitting an artificially enhanced tape? and if you do edit your audition tape, is it cheating?
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.