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To the question “If you could choose, would you prefer to teach percussion to high school students or to middle school students?” Of course I would usually answer “I would teach to anybody who wants to learn.” The fact is that I had to make this choice for real. Last year I taught percussion in […] Read More

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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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Old woman playing bongos

Why should I continue studying percussion instruments when I teach percussion instruments for a living? It might seem like a trivial question or even just plain nonsense, but it isn’t. Obviously a teacher must always be up-to-date. It’s an expression that is used very often, especially by the “infamous teachers gang”. But seriously, how many […] Read More

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Teaching percussion at school

Why I decided to teach percussion at school

If I teach at school, will I still have the chance to play music? And how will my artistic career end up with? These were the two questions I was asking myself obsessively when the high school where I work contacted me in 2012. I was SCARED. Scared of not having anymore time to play […] Read More

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Percussionist vs drummer

Percussionists and drummers! Don’t tell me that you’ve never thought “how cooler am I”: A) as a PERCUSSIONIST, compared to him, a DRUMMER or B) as a DRUMMER, compared to him, a PERCUSSIONIST. Sure, we all know that this is a stupid issue, to begin with. It’s so stupid that I don’t even want to […] Read More

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Best mobile app for percussion

Typical scenario if you catch me while studying timpani: me, timpani, the score, my smartphone on the music stand running the metronome app or my Ipad connected to the audio system with one of Beethoven’s symphonies at the highest volume. Ok, I admit I’m a tech addicted (I always feel moved when I look at […] Read More

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First exercises for snare drum

How to play the snare drum – The first exercises

Ok, now you have all you need to start playing, you know how to to stand in front of a snare drum (or pad) and you learnt how to grip your drumsticks. It’s time to play, which is exactly what you are going to do in this final lesson of the four introductive ones to […] Read More

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Paolo Parolini

My Story

1987 I was born on December 23 in Dolo, a small town near Venice. That’s all I know about the first part of my life. Everything else began at the age of 6, when I decided that I wanted to play the drums and become a rockstar. Therefore I started drumming incessantly on all my […] Read More

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Paolo Parolini

Hello, you probably have come over this blog by chance but if you have been remotely attracted by the title then you must be: 1) a percussionist: and perhaps a student of mine who has been – with no pressure – invited to visit my website. If so don’t worry, you won’t be tested about […] Read More

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