May 12, 2017

There are few musical building blocks as foundational as time and rhythm. Mastery of each is critical to both giving polished-sounding performances and being a great ensemble player. Addressing such broad concerns can sometimes be intimidating, and leave one searching...

January 24, 2017

Good intonation is one of the pillars of musicianship for those of us who play pitched instruments. It's also an area in which many timpanists struggle; it was one of the major issues which kept applicants from advancing at last year's DSO timpani/percussion audition,...

November 18, 2016

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is performing Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra this week. (Tickets here, webcast Saturday night here.) I was talking to a few colleagues the other day about how well-written the timpani part is: it contains passages that work well for the...

October 19, 2016

I'm really picky about the gear I use. I'm quite attached to the characteristics of my set of timpani, I play on either calfskin heads (of a specific thickness and which I've tucked myself) or a specific model of Remo heads, and my current go-to pairs of mallets have b...

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