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: Snare Drum

Today I will cover changing the snares and heads on a concert snare drum, some playing techniques. Many of the principles I covered yesterday for timpani will apply equally to snare drum. Once again, you must begin with an instrument that is in good condition. In schools, snare drum heads tend to be abused, so … Continue reading A Conductor’s Guide to Percussion: Snare Drum