Composition

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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Musical Tempo Change To Note Value Conversions!

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Arranging, Composition, General Music | 0 comments

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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The Star-Spangled Banner Snare Drum Solo

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Composition, Snares | 0 comments

The United States National Anthem is one of the most iconic pieces of music recognized across the country. The Star-Spangled Banner is performed before most public sporting events and activities, most commonly by a solo vocalist. For special occasions you’ll hear an accompaniment by a small ensemble and sometimes even a snare drum and crash cymbals. I’d like to put forward something a little different that I don’t believe has been performed as of the time of writing – The United States National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Snare Drum Solo. Please download and use...

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Drumline Instructors Step #1 – Drumline Warmups

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Composition, Drumline, Instruction | 0 comments

If you’re brand new to drumline instruction and need a solid place to start you’re ready for step number one – full drumline warmups and technique packet. Step one is deciding how to setup your drumline and create the best environment for their success. In order to complete this step you’ll need a clearly defined technique outline and fundamental drumline warmups or exercises. This is something that every successful ensemble requires, not just in the marching percussion world but across all types of group activities. If you were to ignore this first step the result...

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Free Makemusic Finale Drumline Template

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Arranging, Composition | 0 comments

Makemusic’s Finale software is incredibly in-depth and powerful, but sometimes you just want to get in and go create right away! Some of the settings and options can be tricky as well, so to alleviate that I created a ready-to-use template that is already set up as soon as you double-click it! So without further adieu – here are the Drumline Template files you’ll need: Download the Finale 2014 Template File Here! Download the Finale 2012 Template File Here! Save those bad boys to your computer and simply open them with Finale and the drumline template is ready to go! So...

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