While drums and percussion are FUN to play, and there simply is nothing better than performing music with your friends in front of a live audience…there is a lot of science to back up all of the many benefits to studying music.
This afternoon I had one of the Charley Wilcoxon books out to work through some finger control exercises with a student. This stuff can be really fun to work through, especially if you can work them at low volumes! Control is the key as always....
Nothing fancy: a measure of single 16th notes followed by a measure of single 32nd notes. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
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SAVE THE DATE! Our next student performance experience, Winter GrooveFest will take place on Sunday, December 1, 2019. This is going to be a much-expanded version of our first recital that occurred in June, so I hope everyone is ready to celebrate our awesome young people that are turning into terrific musicians and performers.
Every Sunday evening, we send out a fun email update for our followers and students called groove notes. What is groove notes?
I'm glad you asked....
groove notes is a weekly bulletin that highlights student achievements, live events and important happenings locally in the arts community that you may want to know about.
The best part? IT'S TOTALLY FREE!
All you have to do is text GROOVEKSQ to 66866 on your smartphone and you're all set. Easy!
There is an overabundance of choice out there when it comes to new music. That makes things tough when you are trying to find music of substance, that rewards each subsequent listen. We started the grooveKSQ Spotify playlist to highlight some historic performances that every percussionist should know about, and hopefully you discover something brand new to you that you love….
In building a new percussion set up for a groove program to be named later, I asked cymbalsmith Nicky Moon to make some cup chimes for me. We corresponded a bit about what I wanted them to do, and Nicky NAILED it. This was the first time I have ever hired a custom shop to do something like this and was very pleasantly surprised. You can learn more about his artistry here: https://www.nickymoon.com/
**NOTE I have NOT been paid to post this, I paid for the chimes arms-length and am sharing what I learned with you, because that's what teachers do!**