Virgil Donati’s “Rhythmic Facility” Courses
In a new series of courses available exclusively on Drum Channel, master drummer Virgil Donati explains and explores Rhythmic Facility, the system he has developed for increasing rhythmic flow, fluency, and dexterity. Donati is known for his extreme technical and musical facility as well as his unique ability to effortlessly execute complex polyrhythmic drum patterns. By naming the course “Rhythmic Facility,” he is adding this important area of study to the focus on technique and musicality that all drummers seek to cultivate.
In the first course, “Rhythmic Facility: Dotted Eighth Notes,” Virgil offers an in-depth analysis of how a dot increases the value of a note and the way it forms the groundwork for understanding polyrhythms, as well as how it can be used to create syncopated, hypnotic rhythms and ostinatos. Topics include creating polyrhythms and spaces, dotted eighths with the hi-hat foot, voicings on the drums, and more. The second course, “Rhythmic Facility: Applying Dotted Eighth Notes to Odd Times” (available Fall 2021), expands the curriculum with additional insights and exercises.
Beautifully shot in 4K video with studio-quality sound, “Rhythmic Facility,” along with unlimited access to thousands of courses, lessons, masterclasses, shows, and play-alongs from the world’s top drummers and teachers, is now included with a basic Drum Channel membership.
To learn more, visit drumchannel.com/virgil-donati-rhythmic-facility.
Escape Ten Series Marimba Mallets
The Escape Ten Series is a collection purpose-built for ensemble playing. Designed, tested, and optimized in chamber setting from duos to large ensembles, each model is “tuned” to speak its voice through the overall musical texture. Each model has a distinct contact and timbral characters so that each voice can be distinguished even when playing in the same range.
To learn more, visit https://malletech.com/artist-series/escape-ten-series.
Chein Chien Lu Vibraphone Mallets
Chien Chine Lu signature vibe mallets deliver fullness, warmth, and power, without the harsh tones typically associated with higher volume mallets. The shaft length has been specifically designed to make both 2- and 4-mallet playing comfortable, and the overall weight is heavy enough to sound lush on lyrical ballads but nimble enough to provide agility on up-tempo tunes.
For more information, visit https://malletech.com/artist-series/chien-chien-lu-series.
Mtech by Malletech
Mtech by Malletech gives you an instrument with the Malletech sound and construction at a price accessible to students and school. First-quality, hand-selected African Padauk provides warmth, clarity, and projection typically found only in Rosewood instruments. Instruments are available in three sizes.
For more information, visit malletech.com/mtech/.
Performer Scholastic Pack
The Performer Scholastic Pack is a step-up product for percussionists continuing their journey through middle school, into high school, and beyond, designed for the advanced needs of repertoire as percussionists continues through their journey. The Performer Scholastic Pack includes:
The Transport Deluxe Bag features leather carrying handles with a magnetic closure, a large front-zippered pocket, a zippered interior pocket, metal hanging tom-mounts, a metal key leash and pencil slot, plus a deluxe leather pocket for a wallet and cell phone.
Concert One and Concert Two snare drum sticks are ideal for performing any passage you may encounter in your concert percussion journey.
The Hard Marimba Mallets are an ideal general-use mallet for concert applications where you are playing on the upper half of the marimba register and need an articulate sound to cut through the ensemble.
The Hard Rubber Xylophone Mallets are an ideal practice mallet for xylophone and provides a clear pitch without the worry of damaging natural bars.
The Medium-Hard Hytrel Xylophone Mallets are a great general-purpose xylophone option.
The Promark Performer Series General Maple Timpani Mallets are great general-purpose mallets and feature a medium articulation.
To learn more, visit https://www.daddario.com/products/percussion/percussion-accessories/scholastic-packs1/performer-scholastic-pack.
Toca has rounded out its Custom Deluxe bongos and congas line with a set of timbales, completing the traditional triumvirate of bongos, congas, and timbales. These timbales, with their 14- and 15-inch chrome-plated steel shells, produce a classic cascara as well as catch the spots and light up the stage. On top of those shells are Powder Coated Antique Bronze finished rims, that were specifically designed to hold up through thousands of rimshots. The tuning bolts have been lowered below the rim to reduce interference, making more of the drum accessible to rimshots, thus improving speed when moving from one drum to the other. Included is a fully adjustable cowbell mount and mounting bracket above the drums that allows the player to add cowbells and blocks as needed (but not included). The wing nut used to tighten the mounting bracket has been placed below the rims so there’s no cross-sticking interference. And every good set of Timbales deserves a heavy duty, fully adjustable tripod stand, which Toca has provided for this set.
For more information, visit tocapercussion.com.