The Instrumentalist

Articles November 2008

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Percussion Feature:
A Passion for Percussion, An Interview with Lisa Rogers
The president-elect of the Percussive Arts Society recalls switching to percussion late in high school and the obstacles she faced. “Practice sessions could be frustrating because I had strong musical knowledge, but my hands could not respond to what my brain wanted.”
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Percussion Feature:
Timpani Maintenance
Many directors are lucky if their percussionists even cover the timpani at the end of rehearsal. Timpani are typically neglected and often abused, but they can remain in top condition with simple maintenance performed during the school year.
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Percussion Clinic:
Conga Basics
There are a number of different strokes used to create the catchy conga patterns heard in Latin and swing charts.
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Percussion Feature:
Sticks and Stones
Although he does not often take suggestions for compositions, Jim Bonney was intrigued by the idea of combining the rock drum set with a traditional concert band.
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Conducting Clinic:
Conducting Myths
Although every conductor comes to the podium with certain beliefs and techniques, there are some pervasive myths about conducting that actually lead to less productive rehearsals.
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