The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC 2013) recently took place in Indianapolis, Indiana. What an inspiring event--thousands of percussionists, an exhibit hall with amazing gear, concerts, clinics, and a great vibe!
I checked out the new Studio Pro tambourine at the Grover Pro Percussion booth at PASIC 2013. YES!!! German silver jingles in a wooden shell give this instrument a mighty sound. I am looking forward to adding the Studio Pro to my tambourine arsenal.
For more info: http://groverpro.com/new-studio-pro-headless-tambourine-now-available
At PASIC 2013, the Interactive Drumming Committee sponsored the Rhythm Lounge. This late-night drum circle allowed participants to play "lower-volume" percussion in a group improv setting. I had a fun time hosting the Thursday night Rhythm Lounge.
For information on joining the Percussive Arts Society:
Monday, November 4, 2013
Here's my second installment in response to John Homan's recent email (Sept. 9 post):
Transitions between major sections (chorus, verse, bridge, instrumental breaks), key changes, tempo changes, style changes…
- Will playing during the transition help make the transition more solid and secure or muddy the water?
There may be a variety of timbres available on one instrument that I am considering.
- Which timbre(s) best suit this music?
What about the rhythmic “hits?”
- play the hits only or
- play time through the hits or
- play time and accent the hits or
- steer clear and avoid cluttering?
Logistics affect decisions
- Can I change instruments and make the transition smoothly?
- Where is the musically logical point to make the instrument change?
Okay…I have to end with a very right brain yet very appropriate question?
- What sounds and feels good to play in this song?
It just might work.