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A New Environment for the Drumset Performer

by Steve Fidyk

Lesson Category: Concert Percussion
Skill Levels: Advanced

Playing drum set in a percussion ensemble is a fun and wonderful way to gain experience. As in any ensemble, by rehearsing and performing arrangements, you can develop an understanding of such concepts as phrasing, articulation, reading and interpretation, ensemble playing, musical form, and styles.

The percussion ensemble environment offers a unique awareness and sensitivity that each player has towards rhythm, time, and feel. From this experience, you can develop and make adjustments to your time feel and personal style by accepting constructive criticisms from your conductor and ensemble mates.

A Drumset performer should try approaching this setting by playing beats and fill ideas that have great clarity and intent. This will allow for each performer's rhythms to fit into your rhythmic framework.

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