For the past year plus (maybe two), I’ve explored options to go paperless with the primary focus being while teaching Drum Camp. I wanted something small enough to be portable and lightweight, but with a screen large enough I could easily read my scores. And not expensive. For me this ruled out iPads so I never considered that an option. Also, I’m a longtime user of all things Google and am deeply entrenched in the Google ecosystem.
Devices I’ve considered include Amazon’s line of tablets, Samsung, and even a purchased Lenovo 2 in 1 laptop. But each had shortcomings that were deal breakers for me. Screen size too small, resolution too low resulting in blurry screens, overpriced, too fragile. The list goes on.
My wife used an iPad (purchased through our mobile carrier) for various work-related tasks. She liked it but never raved about it. I’m the tech enthusiast of the family, but because I’m a Google fan, I barely gave her iPad a look. Then about a month ago she decided the iPad was no longer needed for its purchased purpose, so she passed it along to me hoping it would end my search. And boy did it.
In the short amount of time I’ve been using it, I’ve quickly realized it does exactly what I need it to do and so much more. First, it’s the iPad 7th generation. An older model yes, but that’s ok. The screen clarity is incredible, the size and weight are perfect, and because my wife destroys technology with the ferocity of a charging bull, the case we put it in protects it quite well.
I’ve decided that other music educators and more specifically, percussion instructors, might benefit from my journey. The apps, the method, the implementation, the setup. So you’re invited to join me as I explore all the possibilities. I’ll be writing and posting here so check back often to read more about my iPad journey!
My self-published book “Rudimental Solos for Snare Drum for the Advanced Drummer” is once again available for purchase. The book contains eight original solos for snare drum and has been expanded to include five traditional rudimental solos every snare player should know. Print version is $9.95 and the e-book is just $5.00.
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Beetle Percussion is offering free shipping, a free floppy pad and a free 4″ laminate when you spend $50 now through December 15th.
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Hello all! Steve Weiss Music has a great sale going right now on drumsticks. Buy 3 pairs of Vic Firth Corpmasters snare drum sticks and get a 4th pair free! Included in this sale are Ralph Hardimon, Roger Carter and Thom Hannum Signature Series sticks and many more. You can mix or match and the fourth pair must be of equal or lesser value and is added during the checkout process. But hurry as this sale ends August 13, 2018 while supplies last!
Buy 3 get 1 free sale!
Technology can be an unwanted distraction in the learning environment (ex. – teenagers with cell phones during rehearsal). But it can also be a great tool to enhance the learning experience. I want to highlight two of my favorite (and most useful aps) for percussionists.
The first is an absolute must, not only for percussionists, but for all musicians. This indispensable app is, of course, a metronome. I’ve tried numerous metronome apps, but the one that I keep coming back to is The Metronome by Soundbrenner. Some of the many features included are: set any time signature up to 16/8, a full range of preset subdivisions, a wide and varied selection of sounds, the ability to tap the tempo on screen, and the option to save settings for songs and setlists. One con of this particular app is it’s availability only for Android devices. There are tons of other options and best of all, it’s completely free! To find out more, visit the site or download at the Google Play Store and see for yourself why this metronome is superior to others.
The second app is specific to rudimental percussionists. It’s called Drumate and is available (unfortunately) only for Android devices. This great little app aids in the learning of 39 rudiments. It does not include the buzz roll, nor any hybrids. For any rudiment, you can choose a constant tempo, progressive tempo in set steps, or an open-close-open progression. The audio quality is very clear and sounds like an actual snare drum. You can mark your favorites and also sort by type (rolls, flams, etc). It’s available in both free and paid versions, but both versions are the full version. The paid version is $2.99 and goes to support the developer and future updates. It’s available on the Google Play Store so check it out and start learning/improving those rudiments today.
Both apps can aid in the teaching/learning process and can be particularly helpful to band directors with weaker percussion skills and only a basic knowledge of the percussion family. Of course, nothing can replace the human element needed for a successful Teacher/Student environment, but these apps and others can be a great way to supplement the teaching/learning process.
Hey all! It’s been awhile I know but I’m hoping to start posting again on a somewhat regular schedule. So here are a couple deals going on currently you might be interested in…
Steve Weiss Music is offering free shipping on orders over $49 through May 21st. They have some of the best prices and a huge selection so if you haven’t visited before (the horror!) or it’s been some time since you did, now is a good opportunity to check them out.
Lone Star Percussion has a limited time deal you’re going to love. Buy any Evans practice pad and get a pair of Pro Mark drumsticks for free! Pads start as low as $21.95 and any pair of Pro Mark snare drum or drum set sticks is eligible for this great deal! Go get them. Now. No seriously, what are you waiting for? I’ll wait…
Quite by chance I stumbled upon the published diary of a young Civil War drummer boy. Naturally, I was curious if other such accounts existed. I am happy to say that indeed other publications exist. Below you will find information about three such books. These books are in the public domain and I am making them available for download in PDF format. Links are also provided to the original online source where other formats are available. I’ve only just begun to read these and hope you look forward to reading them as much as I.
Since these accounts refer to specific dates and locations during the Civil War, you may want to brush up on your Civil War history. Here are some links to get you started:
The Civil War
Civil War Timeline
Civil War Timeline
Greetings all! I’ve added 4 more sheets to the Hybrid Rudiments page. This round includes:
Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 6 (a bit of fun with flams)
- Flama-Singles – a group of four single strokes with a flam on the first note
- Flam-a-Flam – a group of three single strokes with flams on the first and third notes
- Flamacue-Diddle – a Flam Paradiddle combined with a Flamacue by accenting the second note of each
- Flama Chuck – a Pataflafla with an extra flam on the third note
- Flaflam Drag – a Paradiddle with the first note flammed, the second note diddled and an accented flam on the fourth note
Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 7
- Zigiddy Bops – an Alternating Single Stroke Three with an accented drag/double stroke on the first note of each
- Parafladdle – a Paradiddle with an accented flam on the third note; similar to a Choo Choo; also called a Tapafladdle
- Flama Chucka Diddle – a Flama Chuck played with Paradiddle sticking
- Fuzz Taps – a Flam Tap where the primary stroke of the flam is a buzz/crush
- Churruckitahs – a Flamacue-Diddle with Cheese on the first flam; also called Cheeseacue-Diddle, Cheese Flamacue Diddle
Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 8
- Flam Drag-a-poo – Flama-Singles with drags/double strokes on the second and fourth notes
- Flammed 3-2-1 – a Reverse Shirley Murphy with a flam on the first note of each, sticked following the format 3-2-1
- Chatachichi – a Paradiddle with flams on the first, second and third notes followed by another flam on the same hand
- Flam Stutters – a group of three notes, sticked RLL or LRR, with Cheese on the first note
- Flam Five – a Five Stroke Roll with a flam on the first note; usually played with the Flam Accent sticking
Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 9 (in this one, the first two build on one another, as do the last three)
- Eggbeaters – a triple stroke followed by a double stroke; played as quintuplets or in 5/8; also called “Fyvie Five”
- Chinese Fives – an Eggbeater with the first three notes played as 16th note triplets and the last two played as 16th notes
- Deviled Eggs – a triple stroke then two double strokes, with the first note accented; played as septuplets or in 7/8
- Slevens – Deviled Eggs with a flam on the first note; played as septuplets or in 7/8; also called “Flam Deviled Eggs”
- Flam Devils – Slevens with additional flams on the fourth and sixth notes; played as septuplets or in 7/8
Each sheet is available for free download on the Hybrid Rudiments page. And if you like what you see at Drummin’ Around and think others would too, please remember to share on your favorite social media outlet. Thanks for visiting!
I’ve just added three additional downloads to the Hybrid Rudiments page. These include:
- Cupcakes – a Flamacue Drag with accented flams on the first and second notes
- Opies – a five note pattern, sticked RLLRL or LRRLR, with a flam on the fifth note of each
- Parabuzzle – a Paradiddle with the fourth note buzzed/crushed
- Kramer – a Pataflafla with cheese on the fourth note
- Flyz – two Swiss Army Triplets, with the second note of each buzzed/crushed, followed by a Flam Tap
- Didda-let – a single accented stroke followed by a double stroke; a common variation reverses the order
- Dragateenth – a group of four 16th notes played as alternating strokes with the first note diddled (double stroke/drag)
- Side Flamadiddle – a four note grouping sticked RLLL or LRRR with a flam on the first note of each
- Four Note Swiss Army Triplet – a Swiss Army Triplet with an extra note on the same hand after the flam
- Cheese-Ka – a Four Note Swiss Army Triplet with an accent on the fourth note; also called “Aaron Swiss”
- Gallops – a Didda-let with a flam on the second note; when played properly this produces a “galloping” sound
- Puguda – a Didda-let followed by an accented note
- Shirley Murphy – a single stroke + double stroke + triple stroke; also called “1-2-3”, “Murphs”, “Murfs” or “Shirley Murphies”
- Pataflaka – a Cheese-Ka with an extra flam on the fourth note
- Side Cheeseadiddle – a Side Flamadiddle with cheese on the first flam of each
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