Progress

I have recently come to a new realization about myself. And across the board of my life. The issue isn't new, but the realization of it is. I like to chart progress. I like to know where I am on the spectrum of moving forward (or backwards?). I want to know how far I've come and how far I have to go until I get "there," wherever that is. In many cases, this is not necessarily a bad thing, but when I dig a little deeper, I find the ugly root of this desire. And yes, this root issue is a bad thing. An example: I am working up a new percussion solo that is quite difficult and takes a lot of time and practice to learn. As I work through the piece, note by note, measure by measure, I keep look

Beyond Basic Percussion

Have you ever been teaching a percussion ensemble or working with a student and one of these happens? The kid playing the chimes is facing the back of the room because he didn't know where to put the music stand. A student with a multiple-drum setup is doing a crossover concerto because he didn't understand the best way to set up the drums in a way that allows for the easiest sticking and drum-to-drum motion. In order to switch from drumsticks to yarn mallets in a short amount of time, your student drops the sticks on the drum in front of her (making unwanted noise) and bends over to pick up her mallets off the floor. Then, of course, she missed her entrance. You notice that the guy on the b

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