Posts by Patrick R F Blakley

Musical Tempo Change To Note Value Conversions!

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Arranging, Composition, General Music | Comments Off on Musical Tempo Change To Note Value Conversions!

A handy calculation to help you convert consistent sounding notes while changing the tempo. Have you ever written anything (DRUMMERS) that started with continuous eighth-notes, for example, and you wanted those eighths to become eighth-note-triplets by only changing the tempo? The most clear cut way to do this would be to change the tempo, and if you know this calculation you can figure it out fast! Both rhythms in the measures above sound the same to the listener. In the above example if you started out with eighth-notes at 180bpm and wanted to change them to eighth-note-triplets...

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Marching Band & Drum Corps Step Sizes

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Drum Corps, Instruction, Marching Band | Comments Off on Marching Band & Drum Corps Step Sizes

You don’t know your step sizes as well as you thought you did! Hey marching band folks, did you know a step size horizontally is actually a different size than a step size vertically? Horizontal step size is 22.5 inches, but vertically it’s actually 22.857 inches! The proof is simple too! The full width of a football field is 160 feet, which is 84 steps. 84 steps multiplied by 22.857 is 1,919.988 inches. Divide by 12 for feet and you’re at 159.999 feet! Horizontally we’re good at 22.5 inches because 8 steps is equivalent to 5 yards. 8 steps at 22.5 inches...

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Cost Of Timing

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Drum Corps, Marching Band | Comments Off on Cost Of Timing

Calculating sound delay in bpm for anywhere on the marching field! This is a project that has taken me awhile to work out the math and create a formula that works for both distance and bpm at the same time, and I’m very excited to begin to write about it! In the future I’ll also be writing about Cost Of Dynamic which is similar to this article, but in terms of volume. But first, let me explain what any of this means since I think I might have lost some of you already. Cost Of Timing is an easy way to say “speed of sound effecting rhythm at distances on the...

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Diddles App!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 in Basses, Drumline, General Music, Practice, Snares, Software, Tenors | Comments Off on Diddles App!

Drumline App For iOS iPhones, iPods, and iPads For marching snare, tenor, and bass drummers you’re missing out if you don’t already have this app! This is more than just a metronome app for your phone, this is a fully immersive training program. Get more involved in your warmup routine and maximize your practice time. Pull out your iPad and let this app guide you! The best part about this app is that it has several options to target the exact area you’re interested in working. Much like a workout routine, you can single out specific rudiment styles or exercise...

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Innovative Percussion Artist & Educator Endorsement

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Drumline, Hardware, Snares, Studio, Tenors | Comments Off on Innovative Percussion Artist & Educator Endorsement

Innovative Percussion Drumsticks, Mallets & Accessories I’m very excited to announce that I’m now officially an endorsed artist and educator with Innovative Percussion! The IP products are instrumental in my success as a percussionist and instructor and I’m proud to have been using their sticks, mallets, and accessories for over 15 years! Check the info below to find my favorite products from IP that I use in my studio and with all of my ensembles… IP-1 Generals are my go-to concert and drum set stick of choice. They have an oval shaped bead which is...

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