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Beyond Basic Percussion
Beyond Basic Percussion was developed with one concept in mind: Help the percussionists in your ensemble become musically independent so you can spend more time making music and less time worrying about their logistics. This practical and fun collection is designed by Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks, both of whom are accomplished band directors AND professional percussionists. Inside you'll find ten beginning-level percussion ensemble pieces that address the most common obstacles new percussionists and their teachers face in class. These pieces build on skill sets and difficulty as they progress, and each ensemble is creatively written to confront basic percussion challenges such as: å´ Approaching percussion musically å´ Accessory percussion techniques å´ Multipercussion setups å´ Unique sounds, dampening concepts, etc. å´ Sticking patterns on mallet instruments å´ Equipment logistics å´ Latin percussion techniques å´ and more! The accompanying enhanced DVD is packed with full-length, multicamera video examples (see "watch/listen" tab above) of each ensemble being performed, plus tips from the authors, technique demonstrations, individual parts in PDF format, and audio files. Beyond Basic Percussion is also a great resource for university-level methods classes by giving non-percussionist music education majors experience with the "do's and don'ts" in the percussion world. All in all, this collection is packed with variety and enough educational material to last several semesters--everything you'll need to take your percussionists beyond the back of the room and into the music! List of ensembles, their principle focus, duration, level, and number of players: Title Focus Duration Level No. of Players (incl. optional parts) Batterie Introducing accessory percussion instruments 1:32 Easy 6-8 Trap Door Using trap tables 1:51 Easy 5-10 Multitasker Multiple percussion setups 1:43 Easy 4-8 Low Tide Control and dynamic expression at a slow tempo 2:29 Easy 7-10 Follow Suit Producing non-standard sounds on standard instruments 1:54 Easy 6-10 Traumatic Chromatic Fast chromatic scales 2:21 Easy 6-9 Mi Milagro Making music and ensemble autonomy (no conductor) 2:40 Med-Easy 3-8 Rechargeable Batterie Furthering knowledge of accessory percussion instruments 2:36 Med-Easy 8 Clave & Sons Introduction to Afro-Cuban instruments in their traditional roles 2:33 Med-Easy 8-10 (or more) Escape Artist Tying together all concepts in this collection 2:19 Med-Easy 6-7 (or more) TEACHERS IN THE TRENCHES Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks are both educators and deal with common issues band directors face with their percussion students every day. If you'd like to correspond with them to share ideas or ask questions, they've generously made themselves available via email. Click here to email them!