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[28 Apr 2007|04:58pm]

Hey guys, I've recently created a website for rudimental drumming, you can find it here:


I'm hoping to turn this into a major thing. Please give me some feedback, as I could use the hits and the suggestions. Thanks.


China Cymbals [09 Jan 2007|03:12am]

I've been wondering about this for a long time, and I figure I should ask. What's the proper way to mount a china cymbal? Should the outer rim be turned upwards or slope downwards?

I have seen most people have the outer rim turned up, but I've seen a few people with the outer rim turned downwards. I have played on them mounted both ways and I don't really notice any change in the sound, but when the outer rim slopes downwards (like a normal cymbal) it feels better when approached with the stick. Has anyone else noticed this? Suggestions?

P.S., I know this seems a little noobish, but I've been playing for 8 years and have never gotten a definitive answer on it.


[17 Oct 2006|03:15pm]

anyone have any transcriptions/copies of the blue devils on field for 06? that warmup is f%$#ing insane and I'd like to take a look at the parts. I don't even know what the name is of it though... anyone?

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[03 Sep 2006|12:42pm]


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[13 Jul 2006|12:22am]

audio recordings for cadets this year? specifically velvet pants or white rabbit? much appreciated.


[13 Jul 2006|04:07pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

Hey everyone! I'm new here so I guess I will tell you all about myself.

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I guess that's it. If you want to know more..of course there's my profile you can read! XD


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Cymbals [03 Jul 2006|01:52pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Just an interesting question I thought I'd pose to my fellow drummers out there. Do you consider those who play marching cymbals musicians in their own right, or just the kids who weren't good enough (or didn't have enough seniority) to make a drum?


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I'M NEW! [17 Jun 2006|11:19pm]
hi. i'm amanda. i live in texas and i'm a junior at cy-fair hs.
drumming is my passion. i am a part of my school's drumline and love every minute of it.
a little about what i do...
freshman year i was a marimba player during marching season and a bass 2 player during indoor drumline season. sophomore year i was a snare player on the field/ tenor player in the stands during marching season and a bass 2 player (again!) during indoor drumline season. i can play anything, instrument wise i guess, but my weakest is tenors most definately. i'm not horrible though. =] i love snare, i love it. but secretly my favorite thing to do is play four mallets on the marimba.
during indoor drumline season, my school entered TCGC (TEXAS COLOR GUARD CIRCUIT). 2005 was our first year. in 2005 we won second place in division AA and 2006 we won second place in division A. i am proud of what we have accomplished and hope someday we can be in the top division and win first!

tomorrow i am leaving for the university of texas to go to a percussion camp which starts moday. and i'm really excited. my best friend and i are both playing snare (mind you, we're girls) and most of the competition there will be guys. so pressure, embarrassment, and anxiousness will be around constantly. haha, we have to show 'em. no joke.
i will be back on friday and hopefully i will return to comments!

also, i need a recomendation for a good four mallet piece to play. not easy, but not extremely advanced like those six mallet players... whoa. anyway. i played YELLOW AFTER THE RAIN last year, which was rather easy yet annoying for me because i've heard it so much, and i have started to learn RHYTHM SONG but i don't know if i'll have the patience to learn 10 pages of music. mm i don't know the composers of either of those. ha! some drummer i am.

haha, sorry for the long post. i applaude you if you managed to read this far and not skip anything. yeah! eventually i'll get some pictures up here of past competitions and football games so you can see how cool we are, yeah right. but we sure do have a lot of fun!

keep drumming.

ps: i just recently made a new drumming community, STICKVSFIST, and i'm hoping you all will join it. help! there are only four members including myself and it would make me feel good if you joined! thanks!

[30 May 2006|01:17am]

[ mood | bouncy ]

My name's Jessica, I'm a senior and a mallet girl.  Sorry if I've introduced myself before, it's been ages if I have and half of you probably don't even remember me. Anyway, I'm front ensemble section leader this year and our rookies can't read music and they pretty much don't do mallets often. You can imagine my delimma. *sigh* 

So I come to you guys with a request:  Do any of you have any technique handouts or simple warm ups that would help them out a bit?  Or have any references online, at least.  I checked out VicFirth.com and they had some pretty good online stuff, but I'd like something I could print out and make them keep in a binder. I know I had some from the University of North Alabama, but I can't find them (of course). 

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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[09 Apr 2006|12:09am]

does anyone have a transcription of the 2005 cadets snare part for anything in Industrial Revolution? I'm specifically looking for the break after the horns come in, right before the end, when the play a riff, turn 45 degrees and play another one, play a third, then run single strokes till the end. Come to think of it, I'd like to see the part for Dancer in the Dark, too. Anyone?

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