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This is reddit's home base for all things that can be hit to make sound. We like to discuss everything from orchestral to marching to world percussion.

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What do I practice the most?

I've recently been trying to learn snare off a practice pad, what do I need to practice first, or most? What's the most important you think I need to learn? I've been looking at drum-line warm up and sort've practicing those.

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2024/06/27
23:41 UTC

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Just put out a poster of Hybrid Rudiments on my website as a companion to my book! If you want a copy go to griffithpercussion.com!

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2024/06/27
18:44 UTC

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Writing for marching band - vibraphone

Hey guys, I’m working on rewriting some front ensemble parts for a high school marching band I’m working with. I really want to avoid doubling the melody in the vibes as much as possible, 1. because i think it’s boring and 2. because we’re in a state that’s gonna get real cold in the fall and I’d rather avoid the pitch issues that will cause. I admit I’m not the most knowledgeable when it comes to vibraphone, so any tips on what role the vibes should play in the grand scheme of things?

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2024/06/27
18:39 UTC

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Alliteration | Joe Tompkins | Eight Rudimental Snare Drum Solos

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2024/06/27
14:29 UTC

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Knuckle drumming on a dryer.

I’ve always had a fascination with drumming on various hard-top surfaces with my hands, fingers and knuckles. It’s sort of been a little addiction I’ve had since middle school lol. Yesterday I threw some clothes in and made a beat on top of the dryer and I’m pretty proud of it. Wanted to share it with you all lol

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2024/06/27
13:46 UTC

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Mini Jam

Playing a quick little jam at Camp Erdman, North Shore, Oahu, HI.

Trio of improvised hand pan, djembe, and guitar. Enjoy!

https://reddit.com/link/1dpm70c/video/sevq2zgjq29d1/player

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2024/06/27
08:21 UTC

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You’re not a true percussionist unless you’ve smelled the inside of a shekere.

Blurrrgh. So gross.

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2024/06/27
02:38 UTC

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Any one wanna send me some marching band music that I can write a percussion score to?

I’m trying to get better at my percussion writing, and for practice, I wanna write based off of a score I’ve never seen, but you can’t just find many marching band wind scores, anyone wanna send me some scores to write percussion stuff to?

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2024/06/26
23:23 UTC

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Echoes by Kevin Bobo

Is the piece hard? I’ve been working on strive to be happy, but it seems a bit too far out of my grasp. Any tips on learning echoes?

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2024/06/26
22:24 UTC

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help identifying instruments

hello! I'm wondering if anyone here has any ideas as to what percussion instruments are used in these two songs:

the first is Aeroplane by Bjork - ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmaPZIqytGE ) and the instrument i'm trying to identify comes in at 0:46. It sounds to me like some kind of hand drum. I'm thinking that it could be a djembe, but i'm not sure. the song also has a (1-5-1) sound on the fourth beat going into the down beat of each measure, which may require two drums.

the second is Mr Jones by Talking Heads - ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuJQY6fDtOI ) and the instruments i'm trying to identify show up in the beginning of the song. it sounds like there are multiple instruments being played, including some kind of shaker. and a high pitched hand drum, possibly a set of congas or bongos.

it's also likely that these instruments are synthesized, given the genres of the artists behind each song. however i'm still interested in how a live performer could emulate these sounds. I've listened to the live recordings available of the Bjork song, and i'm inspired by the way the sound of the original recording is reproduced in so many ways over the course of multiple shows.

anyway, if anyone has any input on what they think is happening here, I'd greatly appreciate it! You guys are a bunch of great musicians on this subreddit and i'm sure there are plenty of people here with a better ear for this kind of thing than me.

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2024/06/26
19:00 UTC

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What are the weirdest percussions you know?

Hey, I'm going to a Jazz Fusion gig and I need some weird percussions for it, any recommendations?

Listen to these for reference

https://youtu.be/NTH0N3h3Xzg?si=Z-XmnaTsAOb_by0f&t=22

https://youtu.be/W821bgUU_mY?si=nL13ZWkkAboOsScS&t=6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zniGusBSNkc

Let me know whatever weird percussion that would fit with these songs! :)

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2024/06/26
13:35 UTC

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Timpani help!

I'm currently studying the Schredrin version of the Carmen for 5 percussionist and string orchestra, I'm on the timpani part and i'm having trouble with the 27' timp, the pedal moves more than the indicator and it's annoying, especially in a mesure when I have a ton of changes, someone knows how I can adjust? I'm playing on Ludwig timpanis!

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2024/06/26
08:09 UTC

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solo advice? help? - for all state

i dont use reddit a ton so idk if im doing this right, but i need some help/advice. im going to be a junior and i will be auditioning for all state (for my 3rd time, got alternate last year) and playing a solo of my choice is part of the audition. i was wondering if the peters snare books are good to do? i have the immediate and advanced ones already.

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2024/06/25
19:12 UTC

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College audition advice needed please

All through high school I was very good at snare, bass drum, and tenors on drumline, however, during concert season I was never really taught anything other than the very basics on timpani and keyboard while I feel much more comfortable on timpani. Well now im wanting to join my small town college band and the audition requires two of three - snare, timpani, and keyboard. As I said I can easily play snare but I need some advice on which/what to play for timpani.

6 Comments
2024/06/25
16:06 UTC

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recomendações de bongôs?

marcas brasileiras ou latinas, idealmente

6 Comments
2024/06/25
01:24 UTC

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I made some aluminium marimba mallets

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2024/06/25
00:25 UTC

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Other percussionists in Los Angeles

Hi everyone, I wanted to find other musicians in LA. I play tabla and have started learning drum kit and Brazilian percussion, and also play some melodic instruments. Nothing very well but would love to meet other local musicians

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2024/06/24
05:41 UTC

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Does anyone knows this percussion?

Hey, I'm a big Miles Davis fan, especially his 70s era, I was watching some of his live concerts and the beginning of one of them caught my attention because I saw James Mtume playing this weird melodic percussion I've never seen in my life!

Here's the video, as soon as the video pops up you'll see him playing it.
https://youtu.be/fyS7WHPh8tE?si=oq99TmCeciFJACS-

If anybody knows this percussion, please, let me know! :)

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2024/06/23
21:30 UTC

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Jim Capaldi & Al Stewart - Year of the Cat (Live 1999, Late Show, Bottom Line, NY, June 24)

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2024/06/23
16:50 UTC

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DIY Vibraphone Practice Pad

I will be traveling and I was wondering if there were any printable vibraphone practice pads I could make to practice on while I can’t practice on a real thing.

3 Comments
2024/06/23
02:11 UTC

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How to shorten the sound of a foot tambourine like Meinl PM-1

I‘m using a Meinl mountable tambourine with a Meinl PM-1 as a holder for my foot pedal. The issue i have is that it rings very long if it‘s mounted vertically (and i see no other option for that the angle) Any ideas to shorten the sound like it would be mounted 45°?

Added a picture from Google so you see the principle of those pedals

Thanks

7 Comments
2024/06/21
13:01 UTC

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How to shtretch a drumhead over the lugless bongos?

Hello guys! Some cheap and very simple bongos have come into my hands. They aren't in a perfect condition, and some issues I can fix, but the main question is: is there a way to stretch a drumhead over the lugless bongo? Somehow they were produced, somehow they were stretched, somehow they sounded.... So how? =)

https://preview.redd.it/8lf7il65tw7d1.jpg?width=1280&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=aa0c84627b5e4ca2bb88d0ccf953dd235422aa8a

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2024/06/21
11:22 UTC

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Question about college level auditions

So I’ve got an audition coming up, I’ve already selected my timpani and snare drum pieces but my problem comes with the keyboard piece. Almost all of my experience is either bass marimba or vibraphone and most of what I did on vibes was slow and lyrical.

So my question is are slow and lyrical pieces that use four mallets okay for auditions? The piece I would want to play is an arrangement of Hallelujah and I don’t wanna waste time learning it if I’ll be laughed at for playing something slow.

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2024/06/20
17:39 UTC

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Conan Bridge | Royal Marines Snare Drum Solo

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2024/06/20
11:02 UTC

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I just bought a tamborim online,it sounds amazing!

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2024/06/20
03:45 UTC

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Lord of the Rings Handpan Medley | PortaBanda

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2024/06/19
16:54 UTC

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Best mallet instrument for a student entering high school?

I have a student who is going into high school, he’s pretty decent at percussion. He sight reads well, we’re beginning 4 mallet playing and that’s going great, and it’s time for them to buy a mallet instrument to practice on.

I had that cheap Stagg 3 octave xylo that guitar center sells. That was enough for me, but he’s better than I was when I was his age, so he needs something better to play on than that. probably a marimba, but I’m not ruling out xylophones necessarily. I’m curious about everyone’s experience with price vs. quality. Don’t really feel like telling them to get a Malletech 5 Octave marimba at his age lol. So a good balance between price and quality is what I’m looking for.

OR. Any other thoughts like “oh PLEASE avoid THIS instrument because it falls apart easy” or thoughts like that are welcome, too!

17 Comments
2024/06/17
20:56 UTC

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Is this glockenspiel ($65) good/worth buying?

13 Comments
2024/06/17
18:34 UTC

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