Periscope Lesson #10: Musical X-rays

Wow! These 10 lessons have flown by!  Please leave a comment if you’ve either enjoyed them or found them helpful.  Not sure what’s next, but thanks so much for everyone that’s tuned in so far! -Huei

Musical X-rays. In Lesson 10, the final lesson of Season 1 of my Periscope Lessons, we bring together all the ingredients of Lessons 1-9. When you see a complicated passage of music, realize you can strip the part down to its “skeleton” and systematically build it back up to the original excerpt through an additive process. The purpose is to ensure that the musical components, e.g. rhythm, sound, dynamics, touch, space, etc., exist at a fundamental level and remain consistent throughout the process.

By taking the Musical X-ray concept I learned from Bret, we strip a complicated musical phrase down to its “skeleton” form by removing all ornaments like diddles and flams, and just playing the base rhythms and stickings. In this lesson, I apply this idea to the spree “Deez Notes,” written by my friend, Mark Perrett. It’s been such a pleasure meeting and getting to know Mark these past few months – at first online, and then in real life at WGI 2016. I wanted to show my support and admiration for all the work he and John do through The Grid Book Series as dedicated educators to the virtual and real life percussion community.


That’s all folks!


I set out to do 10 lessons, and with today’s lesson, I’d like to say thank you so much to everyone that has recently connected with me online.  There’s been lots of interest coming from the community about continuing with marimba and classical percussion lessons.  If yes, please suggest your ideas by clicking here on the Periscope Lesson Request Form.

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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 2012-2013, Percussion Caption Head with Regiment. He is currently the Director of the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles.

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