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Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart

Yamaha

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager for Yamaha Percussion and advocate for all things percussion, is a nationally recognized performer, composer and educator. Dr. Gerhart holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, an M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting, and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach. Before joining Yamaha, Dr. Gerhart was a Yamaha Performing Artist. He now travels the U.S. talking percussion and sharing his passion for music education. In his free time, he teaches at the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and has published works for percussion and steel drum ensembles.

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Musicians are always auditioning. Here are a dozen tips that will improve your chances of being successful at your next audition …plus a few bonus ones if you happen to be a percussionist. General Advice 1. Play through your entire repertoire

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Over the next two months, we’ll be presenting a series of video lessons on vibraphone performance technique by Yamaha Performing Artist Rusty Burge. Many young students have difficulty transitioning to vibraphone because it has a sustain pedal. Here, Rusty introduces

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Musicians are supposed to have good timing. But do you just practice with your metronome or do you interact with it during your practice sessions? Correctly used, a metronome should act as an accompaniment partner. In this article, I’ll offer

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Here’s the second installment in our series of video lessons on vibraphone performance technique by Yamaha Performing Artist Rusty Burge. Percussionists are taught patterns at their first lesson. They use patterns to learn paradiddles, flams and other rudiments. Their usage

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Here’s the third and final installment in our series of video lessons on vibraphone performance technique by Yamaha Performing Artist Rusty Burge. Unlike the piano, the vibraphone player only has four mallets to create jazz voicings when comping chords. The

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