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Tenor Drums / Audition

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:51 pm



OK so im my high school marching band buad played snare until 7th grade but then switched to sax ( freshman now) I want to play tenors for my next band season and made bass 1 for our indoor percussion group. I have a decent amount of skills on tenors since I practice on my pad everyday but i ca use some advice for how I can get better at them because I was told when fall rehersals start i can have a shot at tenors. Advice????


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Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:12 pm



I myself play snare, but I can say that one thing they most likely will look for is technique. Chops are useful but playing with good technique should be a bigger eye opener. If they have given you any music for the tryouts, practice that as much as you can with a met. You can never be too prepared. But dont practice non-stop for 2 hours until your hands or arms hurt like crazy. Take breaks and come back to let your mind rest.

Best of luck to you!
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Re: Tenor Drums / Audition

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:02 am



I don't know if I'm too late here, but I agree with Abby. Focus on technique and not chops. Building chops is helpful, but don't begin that process until your technique is good. If you need help with technique (or even if you don't), check out Quad Logic by Bill Bachman. It's an extremely helpful book with a lot of information about tenor technique.
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Re: Tenor Drums / Audition

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:45 pm



On my line, I emphasize control, accuracy, and confidence over speed. We can build chops, but if you're uncommitted to the basics, well, then there's just no fixing that.

Post a video of your audition prep. This does two things. First, it gives experienced SS members an opportunity to critique and offer SPECIFIC pointers on how/what to improve. Second, the very act of taking video of yourself will provide insights and self awareness that you may never have learned otherwise. Good luck!
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Re: Tenor Drums / Audition

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:57 pm



Posting a video is good for specific help, but try to record with a better camera than a phone camera if at all possible
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