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I learned the power of 4 & 4’s when I was in high school. Each week, my teacher would drill exercise after exercise with me in this format, and what I developed was the ability to consistently play these various patterns.
While the amount of time and regularity you practice is important, even more important is what you think and do during that time you practice. I am a huge proponent of logging correct repetitions when you practice. How many times you do it right in practice will determine your chances of doing it correctly in performance when it matters.
4 & 4’s is a very simple, yet powerful format to help you log correct repetitions. In this lessons, I’ll demonstrate some examples, show you what to notice and look for, and discuss ways you can come up with additional variations for your specific needs.
Part I: 4 & 4’s
Things to notice
Part 2: Submitted Questions
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Hey Huei! Just wanna say that I love your videos and as a teacher myself, I’ve learned a lot from you! I was wondering if you can answer this question for me. Do you think learning both battery and front ensemble is the best thing to do when it comes to teaching percussion? Honestly, I’m just a battery guy and stink at mallets, lol! I still feel that I have A LOT to learn when it comes to teaching the battery.
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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