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Method Book Cymbals : A Crash Course
By Dave Black and Mitchell Peters.
Cymbals: A Crash Course is the most authoritative text ever published on the subject of selecting and playing cymbals, ranging in application from drumset playing to orchestral performance. Written by Mitchell Peters and Dave Black, Cymbals: A Crash Course provides percussionists and conductors with the definitive guide to the art of cymbal playing.
The Book of Percussion Audition Music for the 21st Century is designed for multiple purposes. The book is ideal for evaluating local, regional, and all-state percussion auditions. High-caliber musical examples also serve as material for tracking student progress. Use this book in tandem with recommended supplementary material to develop percussionists' skills for today's challenging musical world. Since demonstrating above-average performance skills on all basic percussion instruments is important for young players, the authors developed an ideal audition scenario illustrated in the Evaluation Form. The audition scenario requires skills on basic percussion instruments while allowing for specialization. Use this unique book to enhance the type of musical intelligence expected from today's percussionist.The Accompaniment CD is intended as a musical aid for learning the solos. The accompaniments are designed to enhance players' musical development by placing the solos in a broader musical context.
Reflex focuses on developing the skills for a rarely-discussed genre of percussion: the Multi-Percussion Solo. The ability to move easily between multiple instruments is required not only for these solos, but also for the constantly advancing percussion writing found in modern band, orchestra, and percussion ensemble music. This book is a collection of progressively difficult multi-percussion etudes, starting with a simple solo for tom, hi hat, and wood block. Besides the standard musical issues, students will have to face certain percussion challenges:
Orchestral Repertoire for Bass Drum and Cymbals presents each part in its entirety. This collection features works such as La Mer by Claude Debussy and Symphony No.4 by Tchaikovsky and encourages the percussionist to not just play the notes, but to play the music. A must-have resource for the aspiring orchestral percussionist!
Orchestral Repertoire for the Tambourine, Triangle and Castanets is a collection of percussion repertoire that most often appears on audition lists. With helpful tips on practicing the tambourine, triangle and castanets, this publication offers over 20 pieces, available for each part. A must-have resource for the aspiring orchestral percussionist!
The Ultimate Guide to Cymbals By Nick Petrella.Everything you always wanted to know about the history, manufacture, maintenance and use of all varieties and types of cymbals are contained in this extraordinary book with DVD. The special concerns of concert music players, marching band players and drum-set players are all addressed and the accompanying DVD demonstrates playing techniques as well as such related issues as the cymbal-making process and the use of cymbals in all kinds of ensemble performances. Also included on the DVD are interviews with celebrated percussionists, who answer questions on topics including performing, teaching, the music business and rehearsal techniques. This book and its companion DVD will be a basic resource for all serious percussionists, no matter what the genres of music they are involved with.
Method Book Art of Tambourine and Triangle Playing
By Garwood Whaley, Neil Grover. 40 pages. Published by Meredith Music.
This unique text provides information on the history, selection and fundamental performance techniques for both tambourine and triangle. It also provides skill development exercises and duets that cover all essential techniques for both instruments and, includes a list of selected literature from the band and orchestra repertoire.
The bass drum and cymbals are some of the most integral part of the percussion section, but they are often overlooked when it comes to proper playing techniques. With The Art of Bass Drum and Cymbal Playing, Anthony Cirone and Garwood Whaley rectify the situation by giving a percussion student a clear listing of the possible techniques usable on these instruments, and when to use them. For each technique, a small etude is included for practice purposes.
Percussionists are asked all the time to play hundreds of interesting accessory instruments, and not very often are we given any real instruction. The Art of Percussion Accessory Playing covers techniques on the most popular of these instruments, each with an etude to fine-tune that technique. Instruments include:
Anthony Cirone takes an extremely detailed look at seven of the most popularly requested cymbal excerpts for orchestral auditions. In each one, every single note is considered within the context of the entire orchestra, which may or may not be clearly indicated on the score. These insights will be sure to aid any aspiring orchestral percussionist on the audition circuit, as well as anybody currently performing these pieces. After the detailed analysis, the parts are presented in whole. Symphonic Repertoire for Cymbals includes the cymbal parts for:
Tim Genis takes a very detailed look at the most popular audition repertoire for tambourine, triangle, bass drum, and castanets, while even throwing in suggestions for certain maraca, concert tom, and roto tom parts in the orchestral literature. The full pieces for each work are not presented, but all of the 'licks' for each piece are discussed in terms of musical interpretation as well as technical considerations. Excerpts include:
Method Book Technique of Playing Bass Drum, Cymbals and Accessories