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The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:29 pm



Please come to this thread if you have any questions retaining something you don't know, so we don't have one person making a whole bunch of topics for multiple questions. It'll help with organization's sake and keep all the answers in one place. Please come here to ask your questions and please read the whole thread because chances are that your question has been answered. We don't want to have to post the same answer to a question a billion times.
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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:03 pm



i'm severly frustrated. i have been playing drums for 6 years. mostly concert percussion but i have reverted to both for the past 3 years. i want to know how to improve my singles like how drum cores do their singles with their thumbs. i think i am doin it wrong. I practice it like everyday at marching practice but it still seems wrong.
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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:37 pm



When youre playing fast singles I would bring the heights down and use mostly all fingers.

I you have any questions about building the muscles in the fingers let me know.


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Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:58 pm



if you make a corps while still in high school, what happens to school work/graduation? or is that more up to the school?
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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:51 pm



how do you build the muscles in ur fingers and which fingers are you talkin about
colonial snare wrote:When youre playing fast singles I would bring the heights down and use mostly all fingers.

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Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:36 pm



You use mostly your back fingers and to build them change your grip french grip open closed open singles with only your right hand. And just keep playing singles with right hand.
I dont know how to build finger muscles for left.


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Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:43 pm



hotbeats645 wrote:if you make a corps while still in high school, what happens to school work/graduation? or is that more up to the school?
as far as i know you have to go to the principal and all your teachers and see if you can take your finals early. so be nice to all of your teachers:P also im pretty sure corps will let you go to graduations.
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You can add my thread... just a suggestion.

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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 11:29 am



How do people play so fast without tensing up so much?


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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:30 pm



Is there any piece of music or exercise that's "in the middle" in terms of difficulty? All the stuff I find is either too easy or too hard.

My skill level - can play Circle of Life but nothing harder.
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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:41 pm



Question: What does that symbol with the ./. symbol mean (looks like a %)? If you don't understand what I mean, check out double beat 2004.

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Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:33 pm



It means repeat the last measure. If it takes up several measures and has a number over it, it means repeat that many measures. If that doesn't really make sense just listen to it and follow along, you'll get it.


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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:37 pm



ConorD wrote:It means repeat the last measure. If it takes up several measures and has a number over it, it means repeat that many measures. If that doesn't really make sense just listen to it and follow along, you'll get it.
is that the same for a double slash such as something like this: .//. ?


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Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:47 pm



Yeah, the double slash is when there's more than one measure right? I'm having trouble picturing it for some reason.


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Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:54 am



ConorD wrote:Yeah, the double slash is when there's more than one measure right? I'm having trouble picturing it for some reason.
For example, the .//. has a 2 above it and it is at the endpoint of 2 measures (|1st measure 2./|/. 2nd measure|)


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Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:09 pm



In Lick of the Week 4, what does the flat line about the second note of the first triplet mean?

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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:16 pm



Usually that means raise the height of that note by about an inch. Basically not a full accent, but higher than a tap.


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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:17 pm



ConorD wrote:Usually that means raise the height of that note by about an inch. Basically not a full accent, but higher than a tap.
Do people do that mainly for visual effect? Is that note played slightly louder than a regular tap but not as loud as an accent?
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Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:21 pm



alanszlosek wrote:
ConorD wrote:Usually that means raise the height of that note by about an inch. Basically not a full accent, but higher than a tap.
Do people do that mainly for visual effect? Is that note played slightly louder than a regular tap but not as loud as an accent?
its a slight "stress" to the note. its played just a bit louder and a bit higher.
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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:53 pm



I've been playing snare for a while, but I never quite figured this out:
What is the difference between a ^ and an accent? I know a ^ with an X is a rimshot, but I've never quite figured out what it means when a note just has the ^ symbol.
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Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:39 pm



lolToasty wrote:I've been playing snare for a while, but I never quite figured this out:
What is the difference between a ^ and an accent? I know a ^ with an X is a rimshot, but I've never quite figured out what it means when a note just has the ^ symbol.
Big accent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accent_(music)
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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:56 pm



I would like to clarify a couple of things...

When a R or L is below a note, and no other notation(letters/stick lettering) are below the rest of the notes, does it mean to continue with the same hand?

Also for R.. or L.. does that mean to continue with the same hand?

If there were notes behind the R.. or L.. , does that mean to continue with the same stick config as before the R.. or L..?

Example: Three Camps

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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:28 pm



this past marching season at my school we played on tilted drums and now on my winter line we're playing flat.
everything is the same to me but my left hand feels weaker and my 3's arent as strong...
is this a result?
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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:19 pm



So we got our indoor music today, and its filled with 5s, 7s, and 9s and i've honestly never seen anything of the except the 5s in my solo. so im just having trouble timing the first few measures the goes like kinda like this...
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quater notes, quater note triples, 8th notes, 8th note fives, 8th note triplets, 8th note 7s, 16ths, 16th note 5s, 16th note nines...
that was a crappy summary but thats all in the first 3 lines, its kinda like a build up intro, its cool as hell, but hard to keep in time =/ Help any1?
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Re: The Official Questions Topic

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:54 am



Patti_Mayo wrote:So we got our indoor music today, and its filled with 5s, 7s, and 9s and i've honestly never seen anything of the except the 5s in my solo. so im just having trouble timing the first few measures the goes like kinda like this...
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quater notes, quater note triples, 8th notes, 8th note fives, 8th note triplets, 8th note 7s, 16ths, 16th note 5s, 16th note nines...
that was a crappy summary but thats all in the first 3 lines, its kinda like a build up intro, its cool as hell, but hard to keep in time =/ Help any1?
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