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A Fresh Approach to Snare Lesson Series: Introduction
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INTRODUCTION

Topics Covered:
Setting up and tuning the snare drum, Gripping the sticks, Rebound Stroke

Whether you’re a first day beginner or have been playing the drums for several years, learning the fundamentals of technique, rudiments and music reading is very important. From gripping the sticks properly to learning the essential rudiments, Mark Wessels uses excerpts from his popular method, A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum to provide a solid foundation for successful drumming skills.

Even if you’re a skilled percussionist, we recommend that you take the time to view the lessons from the beginning and put into practice the concepts that Mark establishes from the beginning. Building upon the very basic skills, each new lesson will logically progress to higher levels of technical and reading abilities, introducing new exercises and rudiments along the way. Test your mastery along the way using the prescribed exercises, rudiments at the tempos required for each lesson.

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In this lesson, you’ll learn all the fundamentals for setting up and tuning your new drum, as well as how to grip the sticks and make the proper rebound stroke.

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Mark’s Recommended Vic Firth Products for the Beginning Drummer:

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    Stockpad

    Wooden base provides the support of a full sized pad, but without the added size and weight. Perfect to carry in a backpack.

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    SD1 General

    Round tip. Ideal for orchestral work, rock and band. A legendary practice stick.

    • Diameter: .635" [1.61cm]
    • Length: 163/8" [41.59cm]
    • Taper: Short
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    High Fidelity Earplugs, Regular

    The world’s highest fidelity non-custom earplugs. Developed in conjunction with Etymotic, Vic Firth Earplugs are configured to replicate the natural response of the ear canal so that sound is reproduced exactly as the ear would hear it, only quieter. Clarity of speech and richness of music are preserved rather than muffled. 20db sound reduction across all frequencies. Heavy-duty neck cord and carrying case included.

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    Fresh Approach Starter Pack

    Includes an SD1, a 6" practice pad, A Vic Firth Rudiment Poster, lanyard, stickers and the "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" book by Mark Wessels.

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    Basic Stick Bag

    Holds 12 pairs of sticks and a few small accessories...perfect for students! In water resistant nylon. H = 181/2”, Open width = 171/2”