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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:02 am



drummer707tenors wrote:ALWAYS gotta have music for reference though, or if something gets changed

true, so add laptop. gots some sibelius so I can check the muzak
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Spencersnare wrote:Dr. Beat.
This. And MAN chops.


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eblue33 wrote:
Spencersnare wrote:Dr. Beat.
This. And MAN chops.
but use them sparingly in front of your student. i hated when our tech would just shed on a drum during a break, cuz i was just annoying. plus kids tend to have more respect for humble people, so if you have MAN chops, dont abuse them!
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LaKings2012 wrote:
eblue33 wrote:
Spencersnare wrote:Dr. Beat.
This. And MAN chops.
but use them sparingly in front of your student. i hated when our tech would just shed on a drum during a break, cuz i was just annoying. plus kids tend to have more respect for humble people, so if you have MAN chops, dont abuse them!
I only use man chops when students complain (unnecessarily) about their book being too hard. My center marimba was complaining about the four-mallet parts she had, and she and I both knew she could play them with no problem, so I busted out some Keiko Abe stuff on breaks. She stopped complaining.
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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

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haha our pit instructor would always play marimba on breaks. it was cool though, he's a band director now and never gets to drum or play much percussion, and he's actually really good
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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:24 am



our tech always has
-sticks
-chops
-met
-stick tape
-several drum keys
-sunglasses
-sombrero (not that he's hispanic or anything)

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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:23 am



How about a drum key and his own sticks? Also the knowledge how to use them both.


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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:05 pm



I don't know how all schools/corps do things...but I know at my old high school techs generally helped out with learning and later cleaning drill, so I'd say in addition to music a good tech would keep drill sheets with them at all times.


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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

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2 drum keys, helps a bit.
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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

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I go the minimalist route. I throw my sticks in somebody's extra stick bag pocket, the school provides the met, and so all I carry is a key and that goes in my pocket.

I gotta disagree on the sheet music thing. In my philosophy, the only thing the sheet music is there for is to learn the notes. Once that's out of the way, it's up to you and the kids to turn it into music. It's dynamic, it changes all the time, and you'll never get the product you want if you strictly stick to the book. As long as what they're playing sounds good, who's really going to know or care if it's exactly what was on the page?

Of course that's just my jazz background talking, but I've had success with it so far.


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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

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ConorD wrote:who's really going to know or care if it's exactly what was on the page?
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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:08 am



hey ConnerD, I totally agree with you . If the line is playing flam drags and one snare has a hard time playing them at speed, then as long as it is not noticable let the initial stroke be single instead of a flam. But, he should also be expected to play those flamdrags at speed asap.


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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:11 am



DRUMMER158 wrote:hey ConnerD, I totally agree with you . If the line is playing flam drags and one snare has a hard time playing them at speed, then as long as it is not noticable let the initial stroke be single instead of a flam. But, he should also be expected to play those flamdrags at speed asap.

if he's the only one not playing a flam drag, it's going to look different
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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:50 am



hotbeats645 wrote:
DRUMMER158 wrote:hey ConnerD, I totally agree with you . If the line is playing flam drags and one snare has a hard time playing them at speed, then as long as it is not noticable let the initial stroke be single instead of a flam. But, he should also be expected to play those flamdrags at speed asap.

if he's the only one not playing a flam drag, it's going to look different
yes I agree but you see a single drag and a flam drag are the same except for the flam.


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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:42 pm



a new snare tech should only need:

sticks (maybe 2 pairs, your students should be responsible enough to bring their sticks)

Stick tape (i use black so i know its mine)

a met (dr beat not needed, just something that holds tempo accurately. I use my iphone and the "tempo" app. I use a dbl ended 3.5 cable and an
adapter tip to plug it into a met box)

SUN SCREEN (if you are outdoors) HAT/sun glasses are not a necessity but are nice to have

the book

a drum key

The ability and know how for cleaning your students and educating them. Just chops arent enough because you can have all the hands in the world but can't reach your students... you pretty much a failure as a tech.


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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:46 pm



DRUMMER158 wrote:
hotbeats645 wrote:
DRUMMER158 wrote:hey ConnerD, I totally agree with you . If the line is playing flam drags and one snare has a hard time playing them at speed, then as long as it is not noticable let the initial stroke be single instead of a flam. But, he should also be expected to play those flamdrags at speed asap.

if he's the only one not playing a flam drag, it's going to look different
yes I agree but you see a single drag and a flam drag are the same except for the flam.

yes I agree but you see one of your hands wouldn't be moving (the one thats not playing where the flam should be) and everybody else's will. that is a tick, if you have a good judge
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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

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DRUMMER158 wrote:hey ConnerD, I totally agree with you . If the line is playing flam drags and one snare has a hard time playing them at speed, then as long as it is not noticable let the initial stroke be single instead of a flam. But, he should also be expected to play those flamdrags at speed asap.
I'm not talking about watering down parts for individual people, but changing the music as necessary to fit the needs of the show. If that means taking out some flam drags because one guy can't play them, then they get taken out for the whole line.


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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:20 pm



ConorD wrote:I go the minimalist route. I throw my sticks in somebody's extra stick bag pocket, the school provides the met, and so all I carry is a key and that goes in my pocket.

I gotta disagree on the sheet music thing. In my philosophy, the only thing the sheet music is there for is to learn the notes. Once that's out of the way, it's up to you and the kids to turn it into music. It's dynamic, it changes all the time, and you'll never get the product you want if you strictly stick to the book. As long as what they're playing sounds good, who's really going to know or care if it's exactly what was on the page?

Of course that's just my jazz background talking, but I've had success with it so far.
That works great until a director yells "Hey what dynamic are the tenors supposed to be playing there?" I can't remember what I've eaten for breakfast, much less what every section's part is the entire time, even if I've written the book.

I want to add an addendum to my original post in that the laptop thing only works really for sectionals. When you get to full ensemble, if you're going to have music, you need paper or an iPad. A laptop is WAY too much hassle to dig out of your bag to check stuff.
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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:35 pm



doylejd wrote:That works great until a director yells "Hey what dynamic are the tenors supposed to be playing there?"
In this case, the answer is always mezzo piano.


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Re: What does a good snare tech always carry with him?

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:14 pm



ConorD wrote:
doylejd wrote:That works great until a director yells "Hey what dynamic are the tenors supposed to be playing there?"
In this case, the answer is always mezzo piano.
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