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Introduction
Introduction To Snare Drum
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To play the snare drum, you must know & understand the snare drum. This is the introduction to snare drum! We are going to learn the different snare drum styles, parts of the snare drum, how the snare drum works, and about mutes and practice pads.

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Drum Sticks & Grips
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Drum Sticks & Grips! First thing we are going to be looking at is the different snare drum sticks - marching sticks, concert sticks, & drum set sticks. Now, how do you hold the drum sticks? How you hold the drum sticks is called a grip. Proper hand placement & body posture is very important when playing the drums, so you'll want to watch how to hold (grip) your drum sticks carefully. And lastly, we are going to do a few exercises to get us practicing and used to holding the sticks, getting proper movement, and getting the feel for beats.

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How To Read Drum Set Sheet Music
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Drum teacher, Brandon is going to teach how to read drum set sheet music. The sheet music used for drums is a little different than reading it for other instruments. What does the x note mean? How do you know which drum to hit when reading music? We'll soon find out!

Here's a cheat sheet to print off: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14dR557CZvpJ3aGD-661md7agarUxeebp/view?usp=sharing

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Let's Play
(Snare) Page 8
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Today, Brandon goes over page 8. We are practicing more flams from the Essential Elements Book 1, Page 8. The top notes are for the snare drum and the bottom part is for the bass drum. This lesson will cover the snare part only. So come practice snare drum with me!

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(Snare) Exercise 21
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Today, Brandon is going to teach us how to play Exercise 21 (The Whole Thing), from the Essential Elements Books 1 for Percussion. The top notes are for the snare drum and the bottom part is for the bass drum. This lesson will cover the snare part only. Exercise 21 covers the multiple bounce sticking, which will help your rolls. Remember to take things slow and work your way faster as you become better. It takes time to achieve the multiple bounce sticking.

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(Snare) Exercise 42
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Today, Brandon teaches exercise 42 - Skip To My Lou from the Essential Elements Book 1. We'll be reviewing flams and rolls. So come practice snare drum with me!

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(Snare) Exercise 49
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Today, Brandon teaches exercise 42 - Skip To My Lou from the Essential Elements Book 1. We'll be reviewing flams and rolls. So come practice snare drum with me!

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(Tambourine) Exercise 49
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Today, Brandon teaches exercise 42b - Skip To My Lou from the Essential Elements Book 1 for Tambourine. We're going to learn how to hold the tambourine, how to get a good sound out of the tambourine and practice the rhythms. So come practice percussion with me!

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#51 Cymbals
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Today, Brandon teaches exercise #51 from the Essential Elements Book 1 for Cymbal. So come practice percussion with me!

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#57 Ode To Joy (Snare)
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Today, Brandon teaches exercise #57, Ode To Joy from the Essential Elements Book 1 for Snare Drum. So come practice percussion with me!

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#57 For Triangle
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Today, Brandon teaches exercise #57, Ode To Joy from the Essential Elements Book 1 for Triangle. We're also going to look into some triangle basics such as how to hold the triangle & hit it correctly. So come practice percussion with me!

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#58 For Snare Drum
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Today, Brandon teaches exercise #58, Hard Rock Blues, from the Essential Elements Book 1 for snare drum. So come practice percussion with me!

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#58 For Tambourine and Suspended Cymbal
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Today, Brandon teaches exercise #58, Hard Rock Blues, from the Essential Elements Book 1 for tambourine and Suspended Cymbal. So come practice percussion with me!

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Introduction To The Bass Drum
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There are a few things that contribute to different sounds on the bass drum. In this video, we're going to talk about the mallet, hitting the center of the drum vs off-center, drum positioning, and damping the sound.

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Exercises 57 and 58 For Bass Drum
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Today, Brandon is going to go over Exercises 57 & 58 on the Bass Drum from the Essential Elements book! The challenge with bass drum is knowing the sound you want from the drum to go along with the piece.

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Exercise 62 For Snare and Woodblock
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Today, Brandon is going to go over Exercise 62 on the Snare Drum & Woodblock from the Essential Elements book!

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Exercise 63 For Snare Drum
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Today, Brandon is going to go over Exercise 63 on the Snare Drum from the Essential Elements book!

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Exercise 71 Claves and 77 Maracas
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In today's video, we're diving into the world of percussion as we explore number 71 & 77 from Essential Elements. This time, we're introducing two intriguing instruments: maracas and claves. Join us as we uncover the unique sounds these instruments can create. We kick things off with a detailed look at the club, also known as claves. Claves produce a distinctive high-pitched sound that's perfect for adding character to your music. Discover the correct technique for holding and playing these sticks, and learn how to create that iconic club sound. Remember, it's all about finding the right balance and resonance for a fantastic auditory experience. Moving on to maracas, we delve into the rhythm and technique required to master these shakers. Imagine holding maracas like snare drum sticks – that's the key to getting the rhythm just right. Learn how to control the movement of the beads inside the maracas to produce precise, controlled sounds. We'll guide you through playing both eighth and quarter notes, and show you how to add accents for that extra flair. Throughout the video, we break down each instrument's technique, from forming a resonating chamber to striking with precision. You'll gain valuable insights into playing maracas and claves effectively, ensuring that you're well-equipped to take on these exciting percussion challenges. So grab your maracas and claves, and let's embark on a rhythmic journey filled with fun and learning. Whether you're a seasoned percussionist or new to the world of instruments, this episode has something for everyone. Join us as we explore the unique sounds and techniques of maracas and claves in Essential Elements number 71 & 77.

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Exercise 77 For Snare Drum
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Today, Brandon is going to go over Exercise 77 on the Snare Drum and teach us how to play with 'Snare Off' from the Essential Elements book!

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#79 on Snare Drum (Jolly Old St. Nicholas)
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Dive into the intricacies of Essential Element #79 as we explore the snare drum part for "Jolly Old St. Nicholas." In this episode of Musicians Addition, we break down the key elements that make this piece stand out, Rhythmic nuances on the snare drum, Understanding accents and buzz strokes, Coordination between right and left hands, and Form and structure of the music.

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Essential Elements #97 (Trombone Rag) on Snare Drum
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In today's lesson, we're diving into an Essential Elements percussion book: number 97 on snare drum, Trombone Rag. This piece features some unique instructions and techniques that will enhance your snare drumming skills.

Key Points Covered:

- Introduction to playing on the rim of the snare drum.

- Explanation of the rim and its significance.

- Detailed breakdown of the rhythms and note heads.

- Step-by-step counting and playing exercises for the first four measures.

- Tips for achieving consistent sound and avoiding common mistakes.

- Analysis of repeated measures and patterns.

- Special focus on the flam and its execution.

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Glockenspiel & Mallets
Glockenspiel Introduction
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In this episode, we're diving into the world of keyboard percussion, starting with the glockenspiel. We'll cover the basics, including different keyboard percussion instruments, mallet types, grip, and the layout of the glockenspiel. Following, we'll be starting with the Essential Elements Percussion Book 1 and taking a look into Exercises 1 & 2 for the glockenspiel.

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Exercises 3-6 On Glockenspiel
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In today's episode, we dive deeper into glockenspiel exercises from the Essential Elements book (exercises 3-6). If you missed our previous video on note identification, mallet techniques, and producing beautiful sounds, be sure to check it out to build a solid foundation.

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Exercise 8 & 10 for Mallets
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we dive into page five of the mallet section of Essential Elements Percussion Book 1. We focus on exercises 8 and 10 for mallets. We're going to cover a couple tricks and tips for reading the sheet music, hitting the right rhythms, double sticking, and hitting the best spot on the mallets for the strongest sound. With these techniques and insights in mind, practice both Exercise 8 and Exercise 10. Remember to say the note names as you read the music to reinforce your note-recognition skills. Happy practicing, and we'll explore more challenging pieces without note names in the future!

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Exercise 12 for Mallets
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Today, we dive into page five of the mallet section of Essential Elements, focusing on Exercise 12. Join us as we break down the key elements and provide valuable insights to enhance your mallet playing skills. In this session, we emphasize the importance of note recognition and transfer to the keyboard. Remember to check the charts on page three of your book for correspondence between notes on the staff and the instrument. Avoid guessing to build strong foundational habits early in your musical journey.

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Exercise 14 & 16 on Mallets
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In today's Musician's Addition, we dive into the heart of Essential Elements, exploring page six of the mallet section. Join us as we unravel the intricacies of two engaging pieces, number 14 and number 16, providing essential insights for mallet mastery. In both exercises 14 & 16, we apply a systematic approach to dissect the rhythm, say the note names, and determine the sticking, emphasizing efficient sticking patterns and hand movements. Learn the importance of alternating sticking and making strategic changes for optimal performance

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Exercise 18 on Mallets
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Today, we're going to be taking a look at exercise 18 on mallets from the Essential Elements Percussion Book 1. We're gonna be a little rebellious and not listen to what the book says about sticking and Brandon is going to show us why and what we can do better than what the book states.

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Exercise 23 on Mallets
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Today, we're diving into page 7 of your Essential Elements book, focusing on the Mallet section. In this video, we explore the concept of left-hand lead and how it can enhance your playing. We discuss the importance of choosing the right sticking patterns, especially on strong beats like beat one and beat three. While left-hand lead can be effective in certain passages, we also explore the idea of making adjustments for better flow and comfort. Throughout the video, we walk through exercise 23 from page seven, demonstrating different sticking options and how they affect the overall performance. From starting with the left hand to using double sticking, we showcase how a combination of techniques can elevate your playing. Join us as we break down the notes, rhythm, and sticking choices, providing insights into making informed decisions for each musical phrase. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced musician, understanding these concepts can improve your musicality and performance. Don't forget to grab your pencil and mark down the sticking choices that work best for you. It's all about finding what feels natural and comfortable, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable playing experience.

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Mallets Exercise 25 - Lightly Row
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n this episode of Musicians Addition, we dive into the mallets section of Essential Elements, focusing on "Lightly Row" (No. 25) on page seven. Join us as we break down the piece, starting with the F at the top of the staff and moving through key signature analysis, note mapping, and effective practice strategies.

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Exercise 42 (Skip To My Lou) Mallets
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In today's episode, we delve into number 42 from the mallet section of your Essential Elements book. As we explore "Skip to My Lou," we introduce a rhythmic pattern familiar from snare drum playing but new to mallet instrumentation. This session focuses on mastering eighth notes on mallet instruments, emphasizing the need for precision as notes accelerate.

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Crash Cymbols
How Handle and Play Crash Cymbals
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In today's tutorial, we dive deep into the world of Crash Cymbals. Join us as we explore everything from setting up your cymbals, and mastering the art of holding them, to producing the perfect crash sound.

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About the teacher

Brandon Lee

Percussion Instructor

Brandon started his music journey as a kid, first starting off on piano. Throughout his journey, he expanded to guitar, mandolin, and violin. Once it was time to start school band, Brandon decided to take up percussion and drum sets. After highschool, he went on to continue his music and McKendree University & continued to get his masters from Butler University.

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