Posts by Patrick R F Blakley

Cost of Timing – Field Graph

Posted by on May 14, 2021 in Instruction | Comments Off on Cost of Timing – Field Graph

Cost of timing has been described in a previous article, but we both know that it’s a tricky concept to explain in pure text form. Recently I’ve been working with my friend Pat McNeil to design an online field graph to help visually interpret the equivalent sound delay on a football field. First though, a huge thanks to Pat for his help with coding this, please check out his site at to get in touch or check out his content. . Cost of Timing Review: To quickly review this small portion of the Cost of Timing concept, we start with a musician on any given part of the...

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Steering Wheel Rhythms Vol. 1

Posted by on Nov 21, 2020 in Arranging | Comments Off on Steering Wheel Rhythms Vol. 1

Animals As Leaders – The Woven Web Breakdown Introducing “Steering Wheel Rhythms” to the percussion articles! Steering wheel rhythms are going to become a regular installment with sheet music representing certain parts of various songs. Usually the songs will involve quite intricate rhythms or phrases and they’ll also tend to be from songs that make us want to pound them out on our steering wheels! Note from our legal department: and its authors shall not be held responsible or liable for any loss, injury, or damages...

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Terre Hill, Woodard, New York State

Posted by on Oct 24, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Terre Hill, Woodard, New York State

Terre Hill, Woodard, New York State: Surrounding History & ExplorationAn essay by Patrick R. F. Blakley Ok, it’s been a while since I posted anything here, but it’s with good reason! I’ve recently just completed a 17,500+ word research paper focused on the Terre Hill area of Woodard, NY inside the town of Clay. This is not at all drum related, though I did sneak in a marching band fact with historical relevance. I don’t blame you if you just scroll past this one, but if you’re in the area you might feel a little compelled to check it out! I’ve also...

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Cost of Dynamic

Posted by on Jul 19, 2020 in Drum Corps, Marching Band | Comments Off on Cost of Dynamic

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 | Comments Off on Drum Set and Percussion FAQ

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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