Posts by Patrick R F Blakley

Cost of Dynamic

Posted by on Jul 19, 2020 in Drum Corps, Marching Band | 0 comments

Sound pressure level decibel decay over distance calculation This information goes hand-in-hand with Cost of Timing and will help you calculate the sound pressure dampening across different distances! For the below calculations we’re going to use the altitude at sea level, use a scientific pitch of C6, and imagine the playing field is an anechoic chamber, put simply an isolated area without echo. This allows us to simplify the calculation and we can then use that relative information in reference to environments on the marching field. We’re also going to do any...

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Drum Set and Percussion FAQ

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in Drumset, General Music | 0 comments

Question & Answer Submissions – Suggestions & Requests too!   Do you have any burning questions about drums? Or even just some random thoughts you’ve never really asked about? Send them here! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about drumline, drum set, and percussion in general. In a future article any questions received from here will be answered personally and hopefully help you out, along with anyone else that might have similar questions in the future!             So check out the FAQ below with answers to the best of my ability....

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Drumline and Marching FAQ

Posted by on Jul 11, 2020 in Composition, General Music | 0 comments

Question & Answer Submissions – Suggestions & Requests too! Do you have any burning questions about drums? Or even just some random thoughts you’ve never really asked about? Send them here! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about drumline, drum set, and percussion in general. In a future article any questions received from here will be answered personally and hopefully help you out, along with anyone else that might have similar questions in the future! So check out the FAQ below with answers to the best of my ability. Then, email...

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Tempo & Tachymeters

Posted by on Jul 8, 2020 in General Music | 0 comments

You love tachymeters, I love tachymeters, everyone just can’t enough of tachymeters! In all seriousness though, what the heck is a tachymeter and why is it printed on the frame of every watch I’ve owned? Ok, so far these are all things you could, and should be saying to yourself. A tachymeter is actually really handy if you know how to use it, and there are tons of practical uses for this outside of music, but that’s not why you’re here on this page. I recommend looking for a video online that gives you some fun ways to use a tachymeter outside of music if...

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American Sign Language For Drumline

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Instruction | 0 comments

Using ASL to instruct WHILE the drumline is playing! Drums are loud, we all know this. So why do we constantly see staff members trying to yell over top of their drumlines? It’s confusing and distracting at best, and most of the time any verbal indicators will not be conveyed to the percussionist and instead have to be repeated at the end of the rep, if anyone even remembers. This is unprofessional, and it’s time to figure out a better solution. If you’ve ever seen ground crew on construction sites communicate with crane operators you already know exactly where...

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