Percussion Methods 103: 10 More Things Every Band Director Needs to Know

Presented by Dr. Dave Gerhart  


SNARE DRUM

  • Setting the Height of the Snare Drum
  • Placement of the Snare Strainer
  • Tuning
    • Batter (Top) Head = G#/A
    • Snare (Bottom) Head = C/C# (Above Batter Head)
  • Adjusting the Snares
  • Practice Pads
  • Stick Selection
  • Fulcrum
  • Rudiments = Scales
  • Stroke Types
    • Exercises ||: F F F F D U D U :||||: D U F F :||||: F D U :||
  • Order to Teach Rudiments
    • Diddle Rudiments
    • Flam Rudiments
    • Drag Rudiments
    • Roll Rudiments
    • Rolls utilize an Arm Stroke
  • Books

TIMPANI

  • Timpano vs. Timpani
  • Slipping Pedal
    • Memorize Timpani Ranges (B-Flat Major – 1st Inversion)
  • Pedal Placement for Storage

CYMBALS

  • Crash Cymbals
    • “Clapping Hands”
  • Suspended Cymbal Playing Position

BASS DRUM

  • Tuning
  • Playing Areas
  • Bass Drum Mallets
  • Mallet Bags

ACCESSORIES

  • “Buy Quality Percussion Accessories”
  • Case
  • “Triangle” Body Stance

TAMBOURINE

  • Holding a Tambourine
  • 6 Ways to Play a Tambourine
  • Surfboard Wax

TRIANGLE

  • Holding a Triangle
  • Beaters

FINAL TIPS

  • Old Drumheads
  • Percussion Instruments are not Tables
  • Books
  • Percussion Ensemble Music
    • Percussion blog posts

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Dr. Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart is the assistant marketing manager of education and is a nationally recognized performer, composer and educator. 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. Gerhart serves on the Board of Advisors, the University Pedagogy Committee and is Vice President, Southern California for the Percussive Arts Society. In 2010, Dave co-founded DrumChattr.com and currently curates percussion-related content for PercussionEducation.com.

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