Sunday Session #29: Like Buttah

SEASON 3 Episode 9



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Triple/Quad/Quintuple Beat, Stick Control & Singles Pyramid

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Lesson #29: Like Buttah


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In today’s lesson, we discuss how you can build chops through strategies such as developing single legato strokes in each hand, gradually increasing the number of strokes, and filling in the parts. At each stage, we check back in to make sure we are keeping the motion articulate, but smooth. Singles and Stick Control are key skill sets that are used to help unify the approach of a line, something necessary to play clean together. The flow you’re able to play with will directly affect your sound and speed.”

Gain the confidence of the core skill set sets you should be developing!

Part I: Core Skill Sets

Same Hand Singles: 3’s 4’s 5′

16th Note Stick Control

Singles Pyramid

Part 2: Questions/Comments


Advice and tips for first time drumline members?


Advice for beginner Tenor players & advice for experienced Tenor players?


Please help…I got put as drum captain and I need some tips

  • lead by example, top down
  • be the best player, show up to rehearsal prepared: materials, music learned, focused to practice
  • first to show up, last to leave
  • lead by uplifting individuals, bell curve of the group raises – come early or stay 5
  • know when and when not to talk
  • getting down on people is not cool, uplift and encourage, mental and emotion health of group very important
  • Feed the musical and social well being of group – need to know the names and take personal responsibility to help every person in the group
  • Show up


Part 3: Lightning Round Q & A




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Hi, Huei. I know you don’t have much free time so I’ll get down to the point. First I want to thank you for the work you do, it is unprecedented and I admire you for it. I’m 21 years old and I’m from Panama. 4 years ago I entered the world of marching percussion but in this country there are few good teachers as far as marching percussion is concerned and I’m writing to help me so that I can become as good as you.

I have seen your videos, I even have the pdf of the first season of your periscope lessons and for me you are the best and I want to become like you, not only in the musical but also I want to be able to transmit my knowledge to the new generations in the best possible way and to make the community of percussionists increase, just as you do. I really need your help. Thank you for reading this message, apologize for the bad English and I will be waiting for your response.

– Carlos

Hola, Carlos – mucho gusto! Thanks so much for your message, and I very much appreciate you taking the time to write me. Your words are so kind, and inspire me to keep growing and sharing my passion for music as a teacher. If you really want to become a great teacher, you have to work hard and spend a lot of time teaching – it’s just like practicing drums. It’s a skill that you can develop, and I have no doubt you can do it!

I’m glad you’re finding the videos and pdfs helpful! If you’re have a specific question I can help you with, let me know and I’ll do my best to give you an answer. No need to apologize for your English – it’s great! 👍 Talk soon! 👋 -Huei

Also special thanks to last week’s Periscope Superfans – the people who watch and engage the most on Periscope:

June 25, 2017

Frank Sanchez @ccffrank

Jarrarie Gates @JarrarieG

Sketchers @sketchers8413

MJM @Rudimental3000

Cullen @cwmcbride62

Zachary Atkinson @Zachary_Atkinson

Gordon Nunn @gordonnunn

Jordan Hayes @drummer2008

Greg Malleus @gsmalleus

Jill Russell @jillrussell

I really appreciate you and EVERYONE that’s watching, especially the new and returning viewers that have been watching and commenting on Facebook – thank you for your time and support!

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Huei-Yuan Pan is a Los Angeles based musician via Chicago, originally from Houston. His drum corps experience includes performing with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2001) and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2002-2003; Front Ensemble, 2004). From 2008-2011, Huei served as Director and Arranger for Green Thunder Percussion, and in 2012-2014, Percussion Caption Head with Regiment. He is currently the Director of the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. For more on Huei, click here.



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