Friday, September 08, 2006

A Cool Site For The Percussion Enthusiast

I used to be a member of PAS (Percussive Arts Society) when I was in school at North Texas. It was a great resource for information, but I really liked it because we took the NT drumline to the conventions every year to compete. Those were some fun road trips.

One year, my friend Dale Baker and I drove the equipment van up to St Louis. Good times. We won that year for an unprecedented four titles in five years.

(BTW: the only reason it wasn't four out of four is that after the third year, they told us we couldn't compete the next year, only be exhibition. After that year we were allowed back in the competition. Basically we ruled, but we were also extremely humble for a group of college students. Right.)

Anyway, It's been forever since I've been on their website. I went tonight and found some really interesting stuff that took me back to my college days. THIS PAGE is full of links to drumset, marimba, snare and timpani patterns similar to what we used to play for warm-ups on those instruments.

The music is written out and there are nifty audio files you can play right from the page to hear them played down. They are created with cheesy keyboard samples, but the exercises are still good and challenging.

There is also a page with all 40 standard drum rudiments (there were just 26 in my Jr. High days). They are the cornerstone of all drumming; as they deal with stick control and precision.

So, get out your practice pad, your metronome, and your marching sticks.
Remember to keep all your fingers on the stick.
Bend mostly at the wrists, not the elbows.
Play in the center of the head, and play through the head. (conceptually, of course)
When possible, count out loud.

Now, doesn't that sound nice?


Anonymous said...

I'm more of a Haskell Harr and Podemski kind of guy...I don't need any new fangled website to edumacate me on drummin! In my day we read from books printed on real paper from dead trees and we liked it that way!

Tri-toms rule!!!!Except for when you have to carry a snare because of a hernia! Ha!

Who am I? Just a 40 something white guy who still dreams of donning the catman make up and ripping off Neil Peart drum licks. Ha!

Mark Keefer said...

I'm gonna have to go with... Tim?

Karenkool said...

My 10 year old daughter just switched from the clarinet (something she practiced on maybe... ONCE... for an entire year) to the percussion section. It's a very small band--4th grade through 12th (yikes). The band teacher is in fact a drummer and the percussion section always has a few students that "go places." I'll have to show Jennah the site--although she ain't there yet! hee. We'll see if she even pratices!