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

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