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shame in switching to a "easier" instrument?

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:56 pm



Ive been playing snare for the past 5 years, but I have been considering moving into the pit(rack) because of a focus on my academics and focusing on other parts of the activities rather than just the performance aspect. However, I feel like the staff and members around me, especially in the battery side of the activity would shame me because I am wimping out, any advice?


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Re: shame in switching to a "easier" instrument?

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:49 am



Since when was pit "easier?"

If you want easy, go play soccer.
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Re: shame in switching to a "easier" instrument?

Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:45 pm



schorsquatch wrote:Since when was pit "easier?"
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Re: shame in switching to a "easier" instrument?

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:06 pm



in certain cases pit is easier, auxiliary is obviously easier than snare, but as long as you you know what you are doing in the pit and are doing what you feel is best for you, do it.
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Re: shame in switching to a "easier" instrument?

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:05 am



In certain other cases, snare is easier.
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Re: shame in switching to a "easier" instrument?

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:04 am



My thoughts are that whatever instrument you decide to do, the time commitment is pretty much the same. Now if you're not willing to put forth the effort to practice the snare book at home, then that's a different story. Think about what you do after school everyday. You don't have to tell anybody but I would be willing to bet that there is a free hour for practice somewhere in that time.

Your brain will be more actively engaged on snare rather than rack (auxiliary) and pushed when playing harder material, marching drill, and do your absolute best to listen and play clean with the people around you. You may not realize the effect it will have on your academics and how much more you're pushing yourself. Being that the time commitment will probably be the same, I would say think it over and ask yourself what you REALLY want, because there is fun in hard work.
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Re: shame in switching to a "easier" instrument?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:48 pm



I can't say I've ever "gone down" in instruments so to speak, but I did "move up" from marimba 1/vibe 1 in the pit to snare (not that I personally think either is "better"; they're very different instruments that come with completely different challenges). All I can say is that while I was a ton better at keyboard percussion right off the bat, I am extremely confident that having to work harder to learn drill, match heights, memorize snare music (it was so much harder to memorize than pit music for me), learn visuals, etc. helped me grow as a percussionist and a performer WAY more than I would have spending my last two years in the pit.

And, interestingly enough, I did a lot better academically those two years than I had in the past as well. Maybe it was all the extra exercise I was suddenly getting? :P
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Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:57 pm



no shame at all man. Priorities are priorities. Find balance in your life. If playing a marching instrument will be too much then don't sweat it. If your pupils can't accept that, that's their problem. Have fun, perform, learn how to fulfill a role you will be able to succeed in.
To backup my statement, I was cut from my age-out audition for tenors. Later offered a possibility at bass 1. I would've gladly taken the spot but I didn't want to commit to a full summer in the end, which probably led to the reason why I put very little effort into preparing any special audition pieces, etc. I used licks I learned 6 years ago and haven't fine-tuned since then.
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Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:45 pm



"The goal is more important than the role"

I really love this philosophy^^
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