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The use of small (3.5" or shallower) snare drums have become very commonplace in the orchestral audition world these days. Should you use one or not? If so, why? If not, why not? Please tell me your thoughts!
My post from last November, Stepping In At the MET, garnered a good amount of interest from musicians and non-musicians alike, so Principal Bassoonist Billy Short and Principal Timpanist Jason Haaheim of MET Orchestra Musicians asked me a few questions about my experiences. Read the interview here!
There are lots of great players out there. Why do some work consistently while others don’t? I explore this in my new multipart blog series: On Professionalism.
In my previous post, I talked with the members of the MET Orchestra about the unique challenges that playing opera presents to percussionists and timpanists. What does all that mean for a freelancer who is called in to play extra or fill in on a handful of performances during a run — Or maybe even just one performance of something at the very last minute?
What are some of the differences and unique challenges of playing timpani and percussion in opera vs. symphonic repertoire? Let's ask the timpanists and percussionists of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to find out!
I imagine that many of you are reading this are just arriving in Indianapolis for PASIC 2014. Unfortunately, I can’t be there this year — I’m happily working because of those who can be there! — but I’ve looked over the schedule of performances and clinics to figure out what I would see if I were there. Click to find out!
In Student Essentials - Building a Mallet Collection: Part 1, we discussed some things to keep in mind when purchasing mallets. In Part 2, I break down what you really need to have as the backbone of your mallet collection and why you need it, all while staying within a reasonable budget.
This is the first entry in my Student Essentials series: a collection of posts geared toward the serious high school percussionist. Insights, advice, tips, etc. - Basically everything I wish someone had told me when I was a teenager!
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Let go of the illusion of perfection and instead simply try to do a little bit better than you did last time.
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There needs to be a word for when it takes an obscene amount of time to find the match to a pair of mallets in your timpani mallet case.