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Quirky Percussion

Plenty to do, but there’s always time for some quirky fun, especially with all the toys at my disposal at Hands-On Music. Here’s a little sonic adventure using Hammerax effects stacks, gongs and cymbals. Featured instruments are the Slap, Bash, … Continue reading

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Quirky Percussion

  This week features the Chinese Opera Gong, a true Jekyll-Hyde instrument and ever popular on our Sound Tree (which we’ll feature as a single instrument one of these weeks). Just think, if you were in China walking down the … Continue reading

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Quirky percussion

Here is a donkey’s jawbone from Peru. You play it by striking the side of the jaw and it sounds like a vibra-slap. Ironically,the vibra-slap was created to mimic a jawbone. Obviously donkey jawbones aren’t necessarily obtainable, so the vibra-slap … Continue reading

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Quirky percussion

Here’s the Boomywhang, by Hammerax. No longer in production, this is a real attention getter. Perhaps Hammerax founder, John Stannard, will start making them again if enough people like it.

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Musicians’ Corner

Here’s Sam Merrick, who stopped by and gave us a taste of his excellent musicianship. You can also use this link to go to our Facebook page: Musicians’ Corner: Sam Merrick

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Musical Refreshment

Music has a way of renewing me not only spiritually and mentally, but often physically as well. Physical exertion is more a part of drumming than in most other instruments. Often after practicing and performing drums, I feel like I’ve … Continue reading

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On the Occasion of Naming the Lower Merion High School Music Lab for Josh Sack

Josh Sack came to me for drum lessons at age 9, a drummer in his heart but not yet in actuality. His mother brought a picture of him as a toddler, a toy drum hanging from around his neck, his … Continue reading

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What a Drummer Does

Musical Thoughts The drummer provides the rhythmic environment for the entire band Often the role of the drummer is thought to be the timekeeper of the band, but the drummer’s role is far broader. While the drummer’s playing is the … Continue reading

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Why Whole Music Learning? (Pt. 3)

Musical Thoughts In Part 2 of this blog I discussed context vs content. Now I’ll get into some of the differences between my approach and traditional music education. Whole Music Learning vs traditional music education For many years my experiences as a … Continue reading

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Why Whole Music Learning? (Pt. 2)

Musical Thoughts In Part 1, I discussed how for many years I was aware of all sorts of gaps in my understanding of music, but didn’t know how to remedy it. This changed almost overnight after I began to study … Continue reading

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