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Marching Percussion 101: Essential Technique Exercises

Essential Technique Exercises

This series of video lessons will provide students and instructors alike with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental techniques for the marching percussion section. From maintenance to performance techniques, Vic Firth’s PERCUSSION 101 will cover the essential skills necessary for today’s all-around percussionist.

The curriculum for this series was compiled by members of Vic Firth’s Collegiate Educator Program which includes some of the most influential university instructors in the country. Presented by Brian Mason and the Morehead State University Drumline, this series will help band directors and students master the fundamentals in order to become a great marching percussion section.

MP101_warmup_packetFundamental Techniques for the Contemporary Marching Percussion Section

This warmup packet contains seven fundamental exercises for the marching percussion section. Covering basic strokes, timing, two height control and rolls, these exercises were specifically designed to provide the beginning to intermediate drumline with a solid foundation for building individual and ensemble technique.

Each exercise includes a full score and suggestions to help you and your students understand the basic techniques that are included. In addition, we have provided several options that may be used if students either find the exercise too difficult, or are looking for a challenge to enhance their skills.

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Essential for any program who wants to build a strong marching percussion section!

ACCOMPANYING VIDEO RESOURCES

The following videos will help directors and students alike to fully understand the fundamental skills necessary to perform in the contemporary marching percussion section. Included are exercise explanation and performance tips as well as demonstrations by the full percussion ensemble and each section individually.

Exercise 1 - Eight on a Hand

EXPLANATION AND PERFORMANCE TIPS

ENSEMBLE DEMONSTRATION

SECTION DEMONSTRATION

Exercise 2 - 16th Note Timing

EXPLANATION AND PERFORMANCE TIPS

ENSEMBLE DEMONSTRATION

SECTION DEMONSTRATION

Exercise 3 - Accent / Tap

EXPLANATION AND PERFORMANCE TIPS

ENSEMBLE DEMONSTRATION

SECTION DEMONSTRATION

Exercise 4 - Accented 16ths

EXPLANATION AND PERFORMANCE TIPS

ENSEMBLE DEMONSTRATION

SECTION DEMONSTRATION

Exercise 5 - Double Beat

EXPLANATION AND PERFORMANCE TIPS

ENSEMBLE DEMONSTRATION

SECTION DEMONSTRATION

Exercise 6 - Chicken and a Roll

EXPLANATION AND PERFORMANCE TIPS

ENSEMBLE DEMONSTRATION

SECTION DEMONSTRATION

Exercise 7 - Triplet Roll

EXPLANATION AND PERFORMANCE TIPS

ENSEMBLE DEMONSTRATION

SECTION DEMONSTRATION

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