On this page you'll find help with things such as putting your instrument together, how to hold the sticks, playing a basic (single) stroke, and taking good care of your drum!
"HOW-TO" VIDEOS FOR STARTING ON YOUR INSTRUMENT!
Assembling the Snare Drum
"HOW-TO" VIDEOS FOR TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT
Serious musicians, and especially serious percussionists, practice with the steady beat of a metronome. Set the metronome to play a steady beat while practicing exercises from your lesson book and concert music. Set the metronome for a slow tempo at first (i.e. lower numbers such as 60 or 70) then increase the tempo as you gain confidence and comfort with the music (i.e. higher numbers such as 88, 96, 104, 120, etc.).
MusicRacer is a FUN note name and fingering game...and it's FREE! This video explains how to use it.
This app helps you strengthen your ability to recognize notes on the staff and to remember the fingering (or slide position) you need to play those notes. Organized in 3 increasingly challenging levels. What level can you make it to?
Intro to Music Notation
Staff, Clef, Measures, Time Signature, Whole Notes, Whole Rests, Line and Space Notes, Br Lines, Double Bar Line
Half Notes, Half Rests and Repeat Sign
Review of Intro to Music Notation, and Half Notes, Half Rests and the Repeat Sign