A Conductor’s Guide to Percussion: Bass Drum Methods

Today, I complete my series on percussion methods by talking about the concert bass drum. The drum is mounted vertically, with the two heads to the players left and right. The player's right foot is placed on the inside of the rim just right of center, and the knee is turned into the drum head. … Continue reading A Conductor’s Guide to Percussion: Bass Drum Methods

A Conductor’s Guide to Percussion: A Demonstration of Timpani Methods

I thought today before going on to the next percussion instrument, I would show you some of what I talked about for timpani in action. This clip demonstrates matched grip, rolls, several dynamic levels, and use of different mallets. The sticks contact the drum about four inches from the rim, and leave the drumhead immediately … Continue reading A Conductor’s Guide to Percussion: A Demonstration of Timpani Methods