Concert - lesson - percussion

All percussionists will have the chance, sooner or later, to participate in a concert-lesson for percussion instruments either as players or as host. Our instruments are captivating, beautiful, they are so many and sometimes they are still quite unknown. In other words, they are appealing. Consequently, succeeding in boring an audience of kids during a concert-lesson requires […] Read More

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Mim plays cymbals

Below I am reporting what is posted on the website of the Adria Conservatory, where I studied for five years after a 8 years Diploma in Percussion from another Conservatory. In the section for the Master Degree of every musical instrument, in the paragraph titled “career paths”, you can read the following: The theoretical, methodological, […] Read More

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Drums Recording_m

Those of you who have ever recorded a CD with a percussion ensemble will have to agree with me: it is a very delicate task. Ok, I am not saying that recording with a rock band or a symphony orchestra would be much easier, but a percussion ensemble is not something you see in a […] Read More

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Linea by Luciano Berio

Linea by Luciano Berio is a piece written in 1973 for two pianos, a vibraphone and a marimba. It’s a nice piece… but also an enormous mess. In May 2014, I performed “Linea” – the vibraphone part – during a concert from which a dvd was produced by the Italian label Stradivarius. Today I’ll discuss […] Read More

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Percussion courses

With every passing year, more and more specialized training courses for percussion instruments are fortunately created. (Hurray!!!) Even here in Italy, the market for this type of courses have been steadily growing for the past several years. (Hurray!!!) BUT – there is a negative aspect to this trend.  Some of these specialized training courses are […] Read More

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Freelance percussionist

A brief guide for the freelance percussionist

The phone rings. Unknown number. Who can it be…? Here are three options: someone who dialed the wrong number; a poor telemarketer from your phone company whose only job is to legally defraud you; someone who offers you a role in a new production because he/she needs the best percussionist in town, and that happens […] Read More

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Fat drummer

How to recover from a period of inactivity

Summer has ended some time ago and it’s time to start studying again. Wait a minute. Who said that you don’t study during the summer? Nobody. Actually I assigned a lot of summer homework to my students and I am currently seeing them at school to find out what they did. The only student who […] Read More

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drums and percussion instruments

During a dark and stormy night of a March 17th many years ago, I came to the realization that I most definitely have a genetic tendency to a serious illness that strikes so many percussionists: the Jack-of-all-Trades Syndrome. Let’s analyze this mysterious illness, which is extremely important if you want to understand today’s post. Definition: […] Read More

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Oxygen Percussion Quartet

5 good reasons for starting a percussion ensemble

There are many good reasons why you should start your own percussion ensemble. Today I’m giving you at least five. Yes, I am talking about one of those groups, such as So Percussion Quartet, Percussions de Strasbourg, Torq, Third Coast Percussion, the Italian Tetraktis, and the “famous” Oxygen Percussion Quartet, that you might think can […] Read More

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Music conductor_mad

  Making a bad impression as a musician in an orchestra is not easy. It takes preparation, skills, and as with anything else in life, years and years of experience. I have to confess, with my usual modesty, that I have indeed developed quite a bit of experience in this field. This is why in […] Read More

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