Snare drum and concert roll

How to play the concert roll

In my opinion, concert roll (press roll, buzz roll, closed roll, or any of the other 1,500 names used for the multiple bounce roll) is the hardest rudiment to perform correctly. The reason is that executing it well requires great skill and speed as well as a subtle ability to feel the movement itself. So many […] 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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Alberto "Mac" Macchini

Timpani: a contribution by Alberto “Mac” Macchini

By Paolo: “Today I’m honored to publish on my blog an article by my Mentor Alberto “Mac” Macchini, solo timpanist of “Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto” and Professor of Percussion at the Adria Conservatory. The article was initially born as a comment on my previous post about timpani. But Mac had something more to say about […] Read More

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Timpani: exceptional intruments

“Timpani are exceptional instruments”. I can’t remember where I heard this sentence for the first time. Perhaps it was a maxim by Mac, one of my Mentors and timpanist at “Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto”. He must have also told me that playing timpani in an orchestra is the world most beautiful job. I’m […] Read More

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Timpani and percussion audition

How to prepare for a percussion audition

A guide on how to pass an orchestral audition. I’d like to write one, but unfortunately I’m not able to. The truth is that auditions have always been a nightmare for me and those that didn’t work out are far more than those where I’ve been selected. At most, I could write a guide on […] Read More

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Percussion on Youtube

If you’re that kind of percussionist so passionate about technology and internet then you must read this post. New technologies and the web give percussionists lots of resources: from videos that explain how to build a handmade marimba, to iPad apps that read scores, to drummers’ forums where you can talk about the last double-ply […] Read More

Filed Under: Orchestra, Technology
Orchestra conductor

How to get ready for an orchestra concert

Raise your hand if you’ve never been late for the study of a part to play in the orchestra. This is what happens: you get called by the orchestra that needs your valuable and essential competence as percussionist. You receive an email with all the data about the working days and the music to play. […] Read More

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