AJ Vega (@locomango24): iRon Man
Along with mallet instruments, marching snare is one of my weakest areas in percussion. I’m more used to playing snare in an concert band setting, so I wasn’t familiar with fundamental marching snare techniques like traditional grip and double-stroke rolls until the past year. However, once I started watching a ton of DCI over soph & junior years, I gained more interest in marching snare and marching arts as a whole.
I’m currently out of town rn, and the only percussion-related things I brought with me are my snare pad and sticks. Thus, I figured I might as well develop my snare chops with a solo I found from @percuss.io
STUFF I DID WELL ON:
- patience with tempo when practicing: the solo was listed as 100 bpm, but I strictly practiced in the 60-80 bpm range. the clip above is actually at 90 bpm, though I found it manageable to play b/c I drilled in the muscle memory more deeply at slower tempos
STUFF I NEED TO IMPROVE ON:
- r e l a x i n g: I mentioned this for drumset, but it’s an essential component across all forms of percussion. my shoulders are stiff and not relaxed in the clip, and my left thumb became numb after practicing/recording: a sign that I should work on not tensing up my traditional grip.
- ROLLS: my open rolls still sound like closed rolls at places and need to be more balanced dynamics-wise (neither of the two notes in the diddles should be accented)
- playing zones: a concept I originally thought was only for tenor drums. my hands stray side to side at times when they should be in the center
- stick height: all over the place, especially with the taps
- sticks-in: ‘nuff said 🙃
sorry for the shaky camera I’m playing on my roommate’s bed since I didn’t bring a snare stand lol
I could get used to getting paid, (even just a small amount) for playing live music, let me tell you!
Only took me, oh, I don’t know - nineteen years to start asking for compensation, and for some reason it only started happening when I went solo.
The cash went straight back into the creative machine though, and this is going to be fuckin’ dope!
A whole new world of possibilities for percussive dynamics while playing the guitar and singing.
You have no idea how much this touches my heart as a trumpet player and former private lesson teacher. This little girl of mine was born with a cleft lip! But look at her figuring out this trumpet at age 3!!! I know teenagers that can't make a sound like this on the trumpet! I might be tearing up a little! ❤️❤️❤️😍