Probability (New Snare Ensemble)
It is recommended that the group play with a click track (either visual click track or in-ear)
Begin by rolling the dice. (onto the snare drum head. this sound is part of the piece)
Perform the rhythm on the line that you roll. (@ 95 bpm)
Each player will become asynchronous from each other, but keep the same pulse with the click.
Rests are all good, there may be moments in the piece of several seconds of silence. That is by design.
When you finish the line you rolled, Roll again, and play the rhythm you roll.
When you roll 12, move on to page two.
Continue until you roll 12 while on page 2, and continue the "Tick tock" cross stick rhythm until
every player rolls twelve, then finish together.
New Snare etude!
Check out my new snare etude called "S-BAC". It's a short little "Stuttery" jaunt written quickly. Shows dynamic shifting ability and groove through strange phrases and time signatures.
Would love to see a few people play this and post on their socials! If you do, I'll re share it and send you a gift! Just tag me! ENJOY!
This new piece for percussion quintet would be a great addition to a college or advanced high school program. It includes Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Timpani & Drumset. It combines sections of complete chaos, with a serene waltz-like middle section. It conveys the sense of panic while being lost in a maze.
Enjoy this piece for free (for now, this may not be free for long!)
Let it Snow - Lead Sheet for Band
New Page Alert: Snare Etudes!
Check out my new page on the site called "Snare Etudes".
I've compiled a few snare solos that are on the shorter side (under 2 minutes) that are great to study, play in a masterclass setting, or play as part of a set in a recital.
I will keep adding to this page, as I have a huge catalog of snare etudes written already, and I'm constantly writing more.
Here is another short snare etude with play along video. Enjoy!
Short Snare Etude Play Along
Lately, I've been putting together short etudes for snare drum that focus on different techniques. This etude is in 12/8, and works through different subdivisions of the beat and accent patterns that can be challenging to the hands. It is short enough for a student (or yourself) to learn in a single week and bring back for their next lesson. Enjoy!
Updates from music educator and composer, Matthew Curley.