Learn to Play Percussion: Beginner to Pro made the Easy Way!

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  • Contents Video: 6 hours
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

COURSE UPDATES:

  • (05/28/16) In order to more accurately reflect the value users get from our courses and to help us develop future content, MusicProfessor will adjust our prices from $20 to $30 on May 31, 2016. 


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Playing in the Percussion section can be extremely challenging, but also extremely fun and rewarding. MusicProfessor's comprehensive curriculum will help you get the most out of your learning, and help you master the techniques needed to become a great percussionist.

Start from learning basic stick and mallet grips to building your muscles and instrument know-how. On the way, you'll also learn basic music theory and musicianship skills.

Private lessons cost anywhere from $30 - $100/hr. Factor in driving time and expenses and you realize just how costly lessons can be. MusicProfessor's Percussion course provides an entire year’s worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience. Plus, each lesson is taught by an industry leading instructor!


COURSE FEATURES:

  • Nearly 200 video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music
  • Dozens of technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Percussion-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Music Theory basics, including how to interpret rudiments and percussive notation
  • Percussion equipment recommendations
  • Learn how to repair and maintain each instrument

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. No where else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum, and, best of all, your purchase is backed by Udemy’s 30-day guarantee.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

Cory Hills -

Multi-percussionist, composer, and improviser Cory Hills thrives on breaking down musical barriers through creative, interdisciplinary projects. He has received degrees from Northwestern University, Queensland Conservatorium, and the University of Kansas, and was awarded a research fellowship to Institute Fabrica. Currently, Hills is active performer, composer, and recording artist in Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.

An advocate of new music, Hills has individually commissioned and premiered over 70 new works for percussion. He has given solo and chamber recitals across Europe, Australia, The United States, Mexico, and China. These include a featured performance for the International Society of Improvised Music, the Days of New Music Festival in Chisinau, Moldova, the Queensland Music Festival, the Ravello Concert Festival, the Venice Art Biennale, four PASIC conventions, and the Morelia Percussion Festival. An advocate for percussion as an artistic discipline, Hills has been the artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park, Conservatorio de Las Rosas (Morelia, Mexico), and a fellow at the OMI international artists colony.

Percussive Storytelling, a program that brings classical music and storytelling to kids in fun and accessible ways, was launched by Hills while he was a fellow at Institute Fabrica. The program recently marked its 320th performance, and has reached more than 22,000 children in eight countries. For this work, Hills has been the recipient of numerous arts grants, and was named the 2009 Emerging Artist through the Kansas Arts Commission. The Lost Bicycle, Hills debut solo CD of percussive stories, has received four national parenting and creative arts awards (NAPPA Parents Awards Gold, Parents Choice Award Silver, World Storytelling Honors Award, and a Creative Child preferred choice).

Hills is an artist for Innovative Percussion, Remo, Yamaha, Sabian, and Black Swamp Percussion.

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Matthew Cook -

Matt Cook is a GRAMMY® Award winning percussionist based in Los Angeles, CA. He is known for his work with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the experimental classical ensemble WildUP, and microtonal band PARTCH. He is also involved in projects ranging from folk rock music to jazz and international ensembles.

Matt’s work is often heard on studio and film recordings but can be seen in performance at major concert halls and venues across the country. As an educator, Matt has been a featured clinician and performer at several universities including Stanford, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. He also presents at events like the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention and the American Composers Jazz Institute.

He has experience consulting and designing curriculum for university students and k-12 programs with success securing them scholarships to major conservatories and Honor bands across the country. He is Instructor of Percussion at Fullerton and Ventura Colleges.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor, an online music education company.

What are the requirements?

  • Access to percussion instruments
  • Concert Snare Drum Sticks
  • Concert Marimba Mallets
  • Timpani Mallets

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Perform in a musical ensemble
  • Identify each of the main percussion instruments
  • Form a correct mallet and stick grip for any percussion instrument
  • Maintain and repair each of the main percussion instruments
  • Read and interpret percussive musical notation
  • Play dozens of popular technique building exercises
  • Perform multiple Major scales

What is the target audience?

  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Adult Learners
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher

What you get with this course?

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Lifetime access.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Snare Drum - The Basics
00:16

Welcome to MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion Course! This massive series of video lessons will guide you through everything you need to know to become a successful percussionist, whether you're playing with an orchestra, an ensemble, or a hippy-folk band.

Here, we'll introduce the various topics being discussed in this first Snare drum section, including setting up and tuning the drum, playing position, grip, and basic strokes. Let's get started!

01:33

Learn how to correctly set up a snare drum and stand.

05:53

Learn how to correctly and carefully tune a snare drum head.

01:51

Learn how to correctly and carefully tune the snares on the bottom of the drum.

01:32

Learn how to stand and position your body when playing a snare drum.

01:26

Learn how to correctly hold snare drum sticks in a 'traditional' grip.

01:32

Learn three introductory snare drum strokes that will help you get started.

01:51

Let's discuss some common pitfalls you might encounter when first getting started with the snare drum.

Section 2: Snare Drum - Lots of Practice
00:19

Here, we'll introduce the various topics being discussed in this section, including a ton of rhythmic practice on the drum, a few new stroke types, and some etudes and exercises.

01:43

Let's begin with a very basic exercise that will help us develop a strong, steady stroke with alternating hands.

00:40

Let's continue practicing this first exercise, this time just a little faster.

00:57

Let's take this first exercise even faster.

04:58

Let's add accents to our alternating sticking patterns with this exercise.

01:54

Let's continue practicing this exercise, only this time slightly faster.

00:55

Let's wrap up this exercise by playing it at an even faster tempo.

02:52

Learn another new popular snare drum exercise that doesn't include accents, but will help us continue to build our timing and accuracy skills.

01:38

Let's take this exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

01:02

Let's wrap up this exercise by playing it at an even faster tempo.

01:46

Now let's take a look at an extremely popular snare drum 16th note exercise. Understanding these basic 16th sticking patterns is crucial to playing faster and more accurately.

01:17

Let's take this exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

01:18

Let's wrap up our 16th note study by playing it at a slightly faster tempo.

03:18

Everything we've studies thus far has been in duple time. Let's add triplets to the mix to change it up a bit.

01:14

Let's take our triplet exercise just a touch faster.

01:22

Let's wrap up our triplet exercise by playing it at an even faster tempo.

03:02

Learn how practicing a metronome can help you perfect your timing and syncopation.

01:11

Let's combine some of the techniques we've learned in this section with a fun etude, or 'study.'

01:42

Learn a second etude that combines many of the topics from this section.

01:53

Let's discuss a number of things that might be giving you trouble and how you can go about fixing them.

Section 3: Snare Drum - Getting Started with Rudiments
00:20

Here, we'll discuss the various topics being covered in this section, including some new strength building exercises and our first snare drum rudiments.

01:37

Learn how, why, and when to use your wrist for playing the snare drum.

02:47

Learn a few clapping exercises that will help improve your timing, rhythm, and strength.

03:04

These next few exercises are meant to tire you out. Drummers refer to forearm strength as having 'chops.' Let's start building your chop strength!

01:44

Continue building your chop strength at a slightly faster tempo.

01:37

Learn another exercise that will help you develop your chops.

01:27

Let's repeat the previous exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

03:04

Let's combine doubles (quarters, eighths, and sixteenths) with triples (triplets) for this fun, challenging exercise.

02:45

Learn your first drum rudiment, the paradiddle.

01:41

Learn your second drum rudiment, a variation on the first, called the paradiddle-diddle.

01:36

Learn your third drum rudiment, another variation on the first, called the para-paradiddle.

02:00

Let's incorporate our drum rudiment, the paradiddle, into an etude.

01:30

Let's repeat the previous etude at a slightly faster tempo.

01:08

Let's discuss a few issues you may have encountered in this section and how to remedy them.

Section 4: Snare Drum - Flams
01:51

Here, we'll introduce the various topics being covered in this section, including a detailed look at another rudiment, the flam.

02:07

Let's begin this lesson by practicing a new exercise meant to help you master stick control.

02:59

Learn how to increase single stick speed with this exercise.

02:49

Let's repeat the previous exercise at an even faster tempo.

01:56

Let's wrap up this exercise by playing it at an even faster tempo.

02:15

Let's rehash the paradiddle with this exercise.

01:09

Let's repeat the previous exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

02:46

Learn a new, popular drum rudiment called the flam.

02:45

Let's spend some time getting familiar with flams.

01:54

Learn a variation of the flam, the flam tap.

01:55

Learn a second variation of the flam, the flam accent.

02:26

Let's apply our knowledge of flams to this etude.

01:02

Let's take the previous etude at a slightly faster tempo.

02:15

Let's conclude this section by analyzing what may have given you trouble and how to fix it.

Section 5: Auxiliary - Cymbals, part 1
00:15

Welcome to the cymbal portion of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion series. Here, we'll introduce the various topics being covered in this section, including a discussion of the different kinds of cymbals, cymbal playing position, basic cymbal strokes, and tying a cymbal knot. Let's get started!

00:54

Learn how to identify various types of cymbals, how they are used, and what they sound like.

02:04

Learn how to correctly stand while playing the cymbals.

01:46

Learn how to pick up and prepare your cymbals for playing.

01:50

Learn how to correctly bring the cymbals together.

01:57

Learn how to make a different, sizzling type of sound with the cymbals.

02:19

Learn another cymbal playing technique called pass through.

02:51

Finally, let's conclude our look into various cymbal strokes with a listening exercise.

03:23

Every now and then a cymbal knot will break. Learn how to correctly repair or replace a broken cymbal knot.

01:20

Let's discuss some of the issues you might be facing up to this point in your cymbal playing.

Section 6: Auxiliary - Cymbals, part 2
00:17

Welcome to the second Cymbal section of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion series. Here, we'll discuss how to perform various cymbal crashes, play cymbals with mallets or sticks, and the high hat.

01:35

Learn how to perform a short cymbal crash.

00:58

Apply your short cymbal crash to an etude.

02:02

Learn how to create a soft cymbal crash.

04:57

Learn how, why, and when to play suspended cymbal. Learn how differences in mallets (or sticks) and mallet placement can make huge changes to the tone of the cymbal.

02:17

Let's apply all of the cymbal techniques we've learned thus far to this comprehensive etude.

04:19

Learn about the high hat, how it works, and how to play it.

03:11

Let's discuss some of the issues that might be giving you trouble and how to go about fixing them.

Section 7: Auxiliary - Bass Drum
00:33

Welcome to the bass drum portion of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion course. Here, we'll introduce the various topics being covered in this section, including playing position, various strokes, and a number of helpful exercises.

01:26

Learn how to properly stand and position your body to play the bass drum.

02:32

Learn how to correctly grip a bass drum mallet.

02:16

Many times, you'll need to muffle the bass drum head to keep the drum from ringing. Learn how to correclty use your non-mallet hand to muffle the drum head.

01:30

Let's continue learning how to muffle the bass drum.

02:31

Learn how to produce a bass drum roll.

03:47

Let's apply the many bass drum techniques we've learned thus far into an etude.

01:48

Let's spend some time discussing some of the challenges you may be facing and how to resolve them.

Section 8: Auxiliary - Tambourine and Triangle
00:14

Welcome to the tambourine and triangle portion of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion course. Here, we'll introduce the various techniques needed to master both instruments, including playing position and strokes.

02:13

Learn how to properly stand while playing the tambourine.

02:36

Learn how to play the tambourine softly.

01:16

Tambourine can be challenging and requires masterful technique. Learn the basic strokes needed to play correctly.

02:40

Learn how to develop both your tambourine speed and dynamic range.

03:02

Learn how to play the tambourine shake roll.

04:53

Learn how to produce and perfect a tambourine finger roll.

01:48

Let's combine our various tambourine techniques into this single etude.

00:41

Let's repeat this exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

02:05

Learn how to properly hold a triangle.

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MusicProfessor provides pre-recorded, high-quality online music lessons for students who either can't study with a private teacher or would like to further supplement their education. We do so via a massive library of lessons taught by some of the finest faculty in the country.

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MusicProfessor launched in 2012 with a single instrument series, 'Bassoon 101,' but has since expanded to over 12 instrument series with just over 5000 video lessons. Our curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world.

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