This imaginative solo for snare drum is meant to challenge the dramatic abilities of the performer. Often times, odd time signatures might seem confusing or difficult, but playing in various time signatures can help with timing, phrasing, and focus. This piece will help develop dexterity and should also help with forming correct practice habits.
If you are having trouble with a section, isolate the phrase or measure. First, try to play the rhythm correctly with a metronome. Next, add in dynamics, articulations, phrasing, and the rubato feel. During all practice, take your time to learn the piece slowly and carefully, even if you only add, for example, one or two sixteenth notes at a time. Here are a few other tips to consider:
• Focus on your technique and strive for quality of sound. This includes the correct playing zones, implement control, and developing the proper touch.
• During practice sessions, isolate each measure and strive for consistently.
• Work on timing and musicality. The piece is written to develop a performer’s expression, so have fun with it!
Dr. Gregory Jackson is the Director of Bands at Saint James School, and a well-recognized percussionist, composer, educator, and author. With over 100 compositions completed, including four symphonies, his works have been performed across the world at major conferences. Jackson is a member of Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BMI).