Forget smart watches.. what about smart pants! The folks over at DrumPants have developed a wearable sensor kit for making music and beats by hand drumming. The sensor attaches to clothing and allows users to play music or control their smartphone by hand drumming. Check out the kickstarter video below:
Many in the tech industry have been describing wearables as the next new big technological wave. I’m excited to see drumming/percussion as a part of this developing trend. Interested? You can be the first to receive one for about $100 on KickStarter. Be sure to visit their page to learn more. What are your reactions?
There are 3 threads that run through all of the highly successful people that I’ve come across in the percussion world.
1. Personal accountability – You will never hear a great teacher say “it’s the students fault, not mine.” You’ll never hear a true professional performer complain about her instrument. The best professionals don’t make excuses. They make things happen.
2. A Relentless Work Ethic – Anybody can be a hard worker for a night. Most can even keep it up for a couple of months. The real pros do it for years and years. This is difficult because for the first couple of years, nobody cares about you. This might even be the case for multiple years. But, a high level of success requires enormous amounts of dedicated work over a long period of time.
3. Kindness – Yes, there are some people who break the mold and are highly skilled/successful and also highly arrogant/selfish. But, those cases are rare. Most successes are also very generous, giving and kind. The skill of kindness is becoming more… [Continue Reading...]
When you think of the solo steel drum repertoire, most of the time it is written for tenor or double tenor steel pan. Here’s a video of Liam Teague playing his composition Cell O Vibes for triple guitar pan. Are there other solo low pan pieces that you can recommend? Leave a comment below.
In a recent PATV I discussed some important issues and resources when it comes to performing Bach’s Music. Some of this information came from a marimba authority, one who has certainly demonstrated his knowledge both in recordings, concerts, and publications. After investing pretty heavily there, and wanting to learn as much as I could about this music, I wanted to find a different source, one non percussive. In searching I found Eric Siblin’s book entitled: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece.
The purpose of this piece isn’t to review Siblin’s book but to share a few things that I’ve learned by reading it. First of all, Siblin’s writing style is superb. A quality you will wish was in everything you read going forward. Each chapter corresponds to a movement in each of the suites (Prelude, Allemand, Courante, Sarabande, Minuet, Gigue). To borrow from Siblin’s page:
Part biography, part music history, and part literary mystery, The Cello… [Continue Reading...]
One question that isn’t asked often enough by young percussionists is “How am I going to turn my percussion skills into real income and a long term professional career?” Some people are fortunate and land full time gigs that lie directly within their area of expertise. But, it’s also important to build your own career as well, no matter what your main job is. Recently, I moved to a new city, and I’ve learned a lot of important lessons the past couple of years about how to find work. Here are what I think are the three most important steps to building your career as it applies to young percussionists and musicians in a new place…
1. Knock on as many doors as possible – With the exception of some nationally known individuals, percussionists are unknown to the local music community when moving somewhere new. Most of us just don’t carry a reputation and connections with us to a new place. The only way to meet the right people (that is, people that you want… [Continue Reading...]
Every year at PASIC, we are fortunate to hear 5 of the top university ensembles perform diverse programs and newly commissioned works. These groups are selected to perform a one hour showcase performance on the ballroom stage. This year’s participants included Michigan State University, Indiana University, Eastman, Concordia College, and Iowa State. I know that everyone is not able to attend PASIC, so I wanted to post their programs below so you could see what was played and have an opportunity to check out some of this music on the internet. As usual, there were a lot of great performances and literature that was performed. Some of my personal highlights included:
1) The new piece by Baljinder Sekhon called Refuge. If you don’t know Baljijder’s music, you should check out Sun as well as this piece.
2) Michael Burritt’s new piece called Fandango 13
3) Michigan State’s ensemble performing their entire program from memory, including the Xenakis.
4) Sosso-Bala by Emmanuel Séjourné. Concordia College did a great job with the percussion ensemble reading session. So many great… [Continue Reading...]
Our supportive friends over at Steve Weiss are offering Pearl Poplar/Maple snare drum for $99 as well as a slew of other great deals.
Lone Star Percussion is offering %20 off sticks and heads in their “Don’t Be a Turkey” event. They are also offering a gift guide if you need help getting gifts for your drummer and are also offering Lone Star Percussion gift cards.
Not to be outdone, the Percussion Source is offering free shipping through December 1st.
Have you found any sweet black Friday deals? If so, please share with the community by leaving a link below in the comments. Happy Holidays from the Drumchattr crew!
Today’s guest post comes from Tim Feerst. Tim is currently a DMA student at UNT and is studying with Mark Ford and Paul Rennick. He earned his Masters degree at UT Austin (with our very own Tom Burritt) and his BM at George Mason University. (See below for Tim’s complete bio). This post outlines how much his undergrad music degree has helped him throughout his percussion career (both as an educator and as a performer). After you read the post, leave your comments below.
That Music Ed Degree Though!
By Tim Feerst
Back in the spring of 2010, I was in the process of pursuing my Music Education degree at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. At no fault of any of my teachers or the university itself, I had become so overwhelmed and disinterested by all the coursework and requirements outside of my class schedule that I came very, very close to backing out and switching majors to either Music Performance or a Bachelor of Arts in Music. However, after serious pondering and… [Continue Reading...]
Every year at PASIC I see or experience something that I didn’t expect would leave an impression. This year I was privileged to serve as clinician and judge for the Marching Interactive activities at PASIC 2013. Usually, one concert artist is asked to judge with another marching figure, this year it was yours truly, and Scott Johnson of the Blue Devils.
This consisted of two events; the marching interactive in the morning and the DrumLine Battle in the afternoon. The interactive was a hands on clinic to the performing groups who came to perform for feedback from the clinicians. A standout was Lewisville High School (Lewisville, TX) who performed a highly artistic and well executed show. A very special experience for sure.
Then came the DrumLine Battle which was kicked off by YouTube sensation BYOS (bring your own sticks). This dynamic duo mixes marching percussion with popular tunes of today. The battle was won by the University of North Alabama. Notable performances included Tennessee Tech University, The University of Michigan, and Indiana University. Check… [Continue Reading...]
For this weeks post, I’d like to simply share some articles that I enjoyed reading the past couple of days. My hope is that you can take something valuable away from all 3.
Check out some reasons that Hans Zimmer is so successful.
Here’s a great Seth Godin article (aren’t they all great?) on why temper tantrums are the result of poor systems. I think most educators will find this interesting.
And this is just cool.