“Whispers” focuses on melodic playing with intentional dynamics. The snare drum usually does not get to play the main melody, and if it does, it’s probably not at a soft dynamic. In this solo, try to stretch your range of loud and soft. Aim for the softest dynamic where you can still play with precision and musicality. The R and L markings are suggested stickings for a right-handed player. Left-handed players should do the opposite. In measures 17 through 19, the changes in dynamics are sudden, without crescendo or diminuendo.
Here are additional suggestions that may assist in preparing this solo:
• Practice with a metronome and focus on NOT rushing the rests.
• The tenuto markings indicate to play with weight (light accent).
• Hitting precise dynamics and playing with musicality are more important than playing at a fast tempo.
Timothy A. Corpus is a composer, performer and educator who lives in Chicago. His music has been performed in the United States, Europe, and South America. In addition to concerts, Timothy has been featured in the Connecticut Historical Society, Fulcrum Point: Discoveries Series, CNN Money, and 98.7 WFMT. Currently, he is the drumline instructor for Loyola University Chicago. For more information, visit www.timcorpus.com