SEASON 3 Episode 9
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“I’ve received a lot of direct messages on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube this past week asking about where to get started. They’re ready to practice, but they don’t really know what sequence or exercises they should be spending their time practicing. Of course that makes perfect sense. If you haven’t had a teacher or you’re just getting started, you might only know a few exercises, or maybe none. What’s the first thing you should start playing?
Another set of questions I’ve been getting from teachers falls under the category of “I have an upcoming drum camp, what should I be doing and how much time should I spend on each topic?” There’s no one answer to this question because it depends on the group. However, there is a core set of skill sets that can tell you pretty much everything you need about the strengths and deficiences of a player in only a few reps.”
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′
Filling in Partials
16th Note Stick Control
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
NOW SHIPPING HARD COPIES
NOTE OF THANKS
”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.”
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:
Frank Sanchez @ccffrank
Jarrarie Gates @JarrarieG
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!
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.