Sunday Session #14: Herta Day Gone Tomorrow

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Transformation Takeaways

When you see something that looks complicated or difficult, examine what basic concept or skill is the foundation of that idea. Examples of this might include playing the underlying skeleton, isolating the right and left hand to understand what they’re doing independent of one another, or alternating between a check and variation pattern.

Look for instances where information you already know transfers to other scenarios. Think of how your skills can cross pollinate to developing other skills to help you grow.

In this lesson, we discuss a few different ways to practice your hertas by looking back at the work we’ve done in Lesson 11 (Drag Interp) and Lesson 12 (Stick Control).

Part I: Herta

Herta Sticking – alternated drag sticking

Compound stick control break down: flow and sticking

Duple break down: hertas and single stroke 5’s

Accented Variations on a herta

RECAP: Listen for the rhythm, understand the hand motion

Part 2: Submitted Questions


Hi Huei, I wanna say thank you for all the time you put forth towards the percussion community. For the past 3 years, I have taken music seriously. I started concert band in 6th grade but my 8th Grade year I started working towards being the best I could be at marching snare and concert percussion. Over the past few years I have had a lot of success after being the underdog at my school, such as becoming center snare, earning a marimba spot one year, earning 1st chair in my region, and competing in some national events. After achieving all of these accomplishments, I still find it very difficult to manage time with school and a job. I want to improve all parts of percussion I am studying, but I do not know how to manage my time efficiently to become the best I can be. If you could make a video on how to practice efficiently one sunday that would be great. I feel that this topic could help all ages and levels of people to achieve their goals. I am so sorry this was long but I appreciate your time. It truly means a lot. Thank you, Clinton.


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Part 3: Lightning Round Q & A




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. For more on Huei, click here.

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