Left Foot Hi-Hat Independence drum-set + multi-percussion - Sheet Music -
This exercise uses a technique borrowed from rudimental drumming know as the "grid." Applied here on drum-set, the hi-hat foot is placed into a 16th-note grid pattern, shifting the placement by one 16th note each section. In this version, I chose to use a measure of 5/4 at the end of each section to reset the pattern. If you are not a drum-set player, this concept can also be applied to multi-percussion setups.
set-up specifics: kick drum, snare, hi-hat, ride - for use in multi-percussion, place the grid pattern in one hand with an ostinato in the other - BONUS - if you create an ostinato with 4-mallet technique you can also work on inside/outside mallet independence
Metronome Techniques mallet percussion + transfer to any instrument - Sheet Music -
This exercise explores extended uses of a metronome to improve timing and subdivision within your personal practice. Get outside of your comfort zone and put the metronome any other than the downbeat.
set-up specifics: included music is for mallet instruments but the concept can be applied to any instrument in any situation
Dotted Rhythm Modulation drum-set + multi-percussion - Sheet Music
This exercise uses a slowly shifting pattern in three to bring out the hidden hemiola. By using dotted eighth notes and dotted quarter notes it slowly shifts into a larger feeling in two. If you are not a drum-set player, this concept can also be applied to multi-percussion setups.
set-up specifics: kick drum, snare, ride - for use in multi-percussion, place the ride pattern in one hand with the snare/kick pattern in the other - the snare/kick pattern will require 4-mallet technique which will also work on inside/outside mallet independence
Mallet Instrument Height mallet-percussion
This video explores the lesser discussed topic of proper mallet instrument heights. Going into detail with a focus on how an instrument that is too low will put strain on your technique and your body.
although this video does not come with any music players are encouraged to examine their mallet instrument heights to improve their performance
Four Tips for Performance Planning and Preparation
This video discusses some common topics related to percussion performance that are often overlooked. Step beyond just learning notes and learn how to prepare for the best possible performance from a logistics point of view.
although this video does not include any music performers are encouraged to take these tips into their daily practice in order to prepare for a smooth and stress-free performance
Outer - Inner mallet-percussion [COMING SOON]
This exercise explores the rotation of outer mallets vs. inner mallets in four mallet technique. Rather than just giving you a basic example this version explores different rhythmic variations as well as a multitude of intervals and dynamics.
set-up specifics: the included music is written for vibraphone but can be adapted to any mallet instrument as long as the range fits - the exercise can also be transposed up and down by octaves to utilizes the lower or higher end of various instruments