Sunday, January 30, 2011

WGI Season is here!

Indoor drumline competition season officially began this weekend (at least here in Ohio) as it was the first weekend for MEPA contests (Mid-East Performance Association). I plan on going to at least one MEPA show and hopefully I'll actually make it to Worlds this year. What contests are you planning on attending?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tenor Sheet Music: NCA Lick of the Week #4

Above is the drumline sheet music for North Coast Academy's Lick of the Week #4, this time featuring the tenors. Below is a video to play along. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Upgrading Music Lesson Videos

Have you ever tried to transcribe a drum lick by watching a video on YouTube? It's a bear to translate since you can't watch the video in slow motion. Well, I recently became aware of a site which DOES allow you to slow-mo those YouTube drum features. EmbedPlus player has a slow-motion and zoom feature to watch drum practice/training videos from YouTube (which doesn’t provide these by default).

EmbedPlus wants to hear from you. They are actively adding features, and perhaps there’s more they could do for us instrumentalists and drummers in general. I'm sure they would love to hear any new ideas on how the platform could further accommodate music lessons/training from experts like you. Please take a look around and see if anything comes up. Comment below any new ideas you might have! Thanks.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Snare Drum Sheet Music: Northcoast Academy Lick of the Week #1

Northcoast Academy indoor drumline has started an excellent YouTube series called "Lick of the Week" where they post a short video of a sweet drum lick. The best part? The sheet music is included and they encourage you to post a response video of yourself playing the lick or making up your own. How cool is that? Posted above is the snare drum sheet music for Lick of the Week #1 as well as the video embedded below. Subscribe to NCA's YouTube page for more!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Original Composition: Rock This Bitch Cadence

I've got a treat for you today. One of my friends and I wrote a cadence awhile back. Pictured here is the snare drum sheet music to "Rock This Bitch" (named after the Ben Folds song) that I wrote in high school for Thomas Worthington's drumline. I've got lots of solo and cadence ideas and would be more than happy to write some beats for your marching band or indoor drumline. I will be posting more original composition soon to showcase some of my work.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Colby Beers 2007 I&E Solo Sheet Music

Here is the sheet music to Colby Beers 2007 DCI I&E tenor solo called "Free Mind." Download it here. I've also embedded a video of his incredible performance below. He was a 2007 DCI Champion.

Colby Beers 2007 I&E Sheet Music.pdf