Percussion Lesson

How To : Play shaker percussion

In this music lesson, learn how to play percussion shakers from musician Ryan Larson. Ryan will show you basic shaker percussion techniques and patterns such as loose rolling effects and muting effects. He will teach you how to play percussion shakers with "soul", and how to p ...more

How To : Play basic percussion instruments

Learn tips and techniques for playing percussion instruments in this free video clip about how to play shakers, wind chimes, and bongos. Part 1 of 10 - How to Play basic percussion instruments. Play basic percussion instruments - Part 2 of 10. Click through to watch this video ...more

How To : Perform with the Timbrel percussion instrument

Learn how to play the Manhattan Timbrel percussion instrument. This is a step by step that also includes parts with music and non-music instruction. The timbrel is used in military performances. Part 1 of 3 - How to Perform with the Timbrel percussion instrument. Part 2 of 3 ...more

How To : Hold an inside mallet in 4-mallet percussion

Over the past 5-10 years, there has been an enormous growth in 4-mallet percussion. With the rapid increase in popularity, there comes the possibility of students moving too quickly through the learning process, or not having adequate instruction. In this installment from his ...more

How To : Play simple percussion instruments

The triangle, rain sticks, claves and maracas are all types of percussion instruments that come from all over the world. Learn more about several types of percussion instruments from a professional musician in this free music lesson video series. Part 1 of 16 - How to Play sim ...more

How To : Warm up for 4-mallet percussion

Over the past 5-10 years, there has been an enormous growth in 4-mallet percussion. With the rapid increase in popularity, there comes the possibility of students moving too quickly through the learning process, or not having adequate instruction. In this installment from his ...more

How To : Make musical instruments from household items

This SUPER cool video shows how to make some fantastic percussion instruments out of items you can easily find around your house, or for cheap around your neighborhood. From plastic pails, PVC pipes, tin cans, buckets, 45 gallon drums and more. This video is short, but very in ...more

How To : Perform a general abdominal exam on a patient

Any patient with pain in the abdominal area will require you to perform an abdominal examination, and this video lesson outlines in great detail, how to perform a general abdomen exam. This is great for any medical student or up-and-coming doctor — even nursing students could ...more

How To : Perform a full chest exam on a patient

When you're examining a patient's chest, you start out by simply looking at them— by inspection. It will be hard to count the respirations visually on a healthy person's chest because it moves so little, but in a patient with respiratory distress, the chest might be overactive ...more

How To : Perform a general chest exam on a patient

There's no better way to learn then by visual media, and that's what makes this video lesson on performing a chest exam so great. It's perfect for any future doctor, and great for nursing students to understand the proper procedure for examining a patient's chest. Medical stud ...more

How To : Play hip hop beats on piano

Our synth expert, Ryan Larson, will explain the basic sequencing process step by step, including how to use samples, setup and create loops, choose and add effects to tracks, record instruments like a thumping bass drum, crisp hi hat cymbals, tight snare hits, and other percus ...more

How To : Perform a full abdomen exam on a patient

This video will teach doctor and medical students how to perform a full abdomen examination. John D. Gazewood, MD, MSPH, will show you the whole process, from the first steps of inspecting the abdomen, looking for abdominal contour and symmetry, to auscultation, percussion, an ...more

How To : Play a basic conga drum sequence

In this video are the Afro-Cuban Percussion Class at Grossmont College, with instructor Manny Cepeda to show us how to play a Meringue rhythm on the Conga Drums. He starts off with a slow beat by beat demonstration and then moves on to a faster beat. The camera changes the vie ...more

News : World Renown Beatbox-Flute Subway Busker

Beatboxing flutist, Greg Pattillo, burst onto the YouTube scene circa 2007, racking up over 20 million views for his performance videos. Patillo has garnered world recognition for his skills, as well as attention from the New York Times: "Greg Pattillo may be the best person ...more

How To : Make basic beatbox sounds

Try beat boxing to make percussion sounds using only your mouth. Follow this Howcast guide to learn how to make basic beatbox sounds. You Will Need * Rhythm * A mouth Step 1: Create a kick drum Make the kick drum sound by expelling pressurized air through your mouth. At the ...more

How To : Give a good 15 minute massage

Massage has been around for a very long time. It has been proved that massage can help reduce stress, improve circulation, and create a feeling of well being. 54% of doctors recommend massage therapy. 85% of all diseases are believed to be stress related. Giving massages is fu ...more

How To : Read drum tabs for beginners

In this tutorial, learn how to read drum tabs or notation with help from music instructor, Radley Fricker. When you start playing percussion, you will need to know how to read tabs in order to get the songs right. So, have a look at this tutorial and learn how to stay in tune. ...more

How To : Tune a concert bass drum

Tom Gauger has played percussion with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras for over 35 years and has also served on the faculty at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In this installment from his series of video lessons dedicated to brea ...more

How To : Repair a crack in a ukulele with hot hide glue

Cracked ukulele? Why not take a crack at its repair yourself? This tutorial demonstrates how to repair a simple cracked open seam with hot hide glue using the "percussion" technique—a method, which incidentally, will work for any wooden string instrument. For careful, step-by- ...more

How To : Play steel drums

In this video series, learn how to play the steel drums. Our expert, Alan Mark Lightner, shows you tips for beginning your steel pan music career. Learn the proper posture for the instrument. Alan shows you how to hit and strike the steel drum. Learn how to play notes and chor ...more

How To : Make instruments for children

Make instruments out of household items. Annie Brunson has a degree in Music and Theater from Bretton Hall and has taught piano, oboe, and middle school band. Here she shows us craft projects on making percussion instruments. Part 1 of 15 - How to Make instruments for children ...more

How To : Play rolls on a concert bass drum

Tom Gauger has played percussion with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras for over 35 years and has also served on the faculty at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In this installment from his series of video lessons dedicated to brea ...more

How To : Program a Roland TR-808 drum machine

The Roland TR-808 drum machine is one of the most important modern instruments, forming the backbone of both hip-hop and electronic music percussion. If you have gotten your hands on one, you're a lucky devil, but you have a long way to go before you can unlock it's true poten ...more

How To : Establish an effective drum practice routine

A band leader, classical percussionist, clinician and author, Steve Houghton is also the associate professor of percussion and jazz at Indiana University-Bloomington, and is on faculty at the Henry Mancini Institute. In this installment from his video tutorial series on the fu ...more

How To : Record with electronic drums

In this drumming video series, you'll learn tips and techniques on recording with electronic drums. Our expert Steve Blank will show step-by-step, from the click track, scratch vocals, and laying down the first drum track, to building dynamics with background percussion, addin ...more

How To : Do reggaeton beat sequencing

In this video series, learn how to sequence Reggaeton beats on a Korg Triton keyboard. Our synth expert, Ryan Larson, will explain the basic sequencing process step by step, including how to use samples, setup and create loops, choose and add effects to tracks, record instrume ...more

How To : Dampen, or muffle, a concert bass drum

Tom Gauger has played percussion with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras for over 35 years and has also served on the faculty at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In this installment from his series of video lessons dedicated to brea ...more

How To : Beatbox four different types of snares

This instructional beatboxing video provides a detailed explanation of 4 different types of snares performed in Beatboxing and their application throughout vocal percussion. This video is great for beginners and advanced beatboxers. Practice these techniques and improve your b ...more

News : Sole Keyboard Conducts Orchestral Sculpture

According to Wikipedia, "Sympathetic Resonance is a harmonic phenomenon wherein a formerly passive string or vibratory body responds to external vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness." Artist Joshua Kirsch has created a musical sculpture based on this principle: a me ...more

How To : Clap Flamenco rhythms

Learn the basic Flamenco claps. Transform your body into a percussion instrument. Clap Flamenco rhythms. Click through to watch this video on oneminuteu.com

How To : Make homemade shakers

J.D. Keating shows you how to make the percussion instrument shakers. Part 1 of 4 - How to Make homemade shakers. Make homemade shakers - Part 2 of 4. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Make homemade shakers - Part 3 of 4. Click through to watch this video ...more

How To : Practice the double stop mallet technique

Over the past 5-10 years, there has been an enormous growth in 4-mallet percussion. With the rapid increase in popularity, there comes the possibility of students moving too quickly through the learning process, or not having adequate instruction. In this installment from his ...more

How To : Play the doumbek African drum

In this video series, watch as percussion master Alex Spurkel teaches how to play the doumbek African drum. Learn different hits and forms for this African percussion instrument in these quick and easy step by step music lesson and get useful drumming tips to improve rhythm an ...more

How To : Play "Float On" by Modest Mouse on drums

How to play the song 'Float On' by Modest Mouse on the drums; get professional tips and instruction on playing pop songs on percussion instruments in this free music lesson video series. Part 1 of 16 - How to Play "Float On" by Modest Mouse on drums. Play "Float On" by Modest ...more

How To : Use the heel-up and heel-down bass drum techniques

A band leader, classical percussionist, clinician and author, Steve Houghton is also the associate professor of percussion and jazz at Indiana University-Bloomington, and is on faculty at the Henry Mancini Institute. In this installment from his video tutorial series on the fu ...more

How To : Play a "2-beat" drum pattern

A band leader, classical percussionist, clinician and author, Steve Houghton is also the associate professor of percussion and jazz at Indiana University-Bloomington, and is on faculty at the Henry Mancini Institute. In this installment from his video tutorial series on the fu ...more

How To : Play the claves

Making sweet rhythmic music with claves - Learn how to play claves, and other percussion instrument techniques with these video music lessons. Part 1 of 9 - How to Play the claves. Play the claves - Part 2 of 9. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Play the c ...more

How To : Vary pitch and sound on a concert bass drum

Tom Gauger has played percussion with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras for over 35 years and has also served on the faculty at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In this installment from his series of video lessons dedicated to brea ...more

How To : Play a basic punk beat on drums

How to play a basic punk beat on the drums; get professional tips and instruction from an expert drummer on playing percussion instruments in this free music lesson video. Part 1 of 9 - How to Play a basic punk beat on drums. Play a basic punk beat on drums - Part 2 of 9. Clic ...more

How To : Give a chest examination for doctors

In this video we learn how to give a chest examination for doctors. First, ask the patient how they are feeling and check their pulse, then watch them breathe. After this, lift their chin up and feel their chest while they are breathing. From here, place both hands on their ch ...more

How To : Add sounds in lap style frame drum playing

This is episode 18 of the Frame Drum Video Podcast. Using shakers, jingles, rings and chains in lapstyle frame drumming can expand you sound. FramedDrums.net show you how to add these noise and sound makers to your percussion set.

How To : Use a vibraslap

Learn how to play a vibraslap in this free video series that will show you how to play this mandible and provide you with other percussion instrument techniques with these video music lessons. Part 1 of 5 - How to Use a vibraslap. Use a vibraslap - Part 2 of 5. Click through t ...more

How To : Strike a concert bass drum properly

Tom Gauger has played percussion with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras for over 35 years and has also served on the faculty at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In this installment from his series of video lessons dedicated to brea ...more

How To : Play the conga

Play the conga, including tuning it, setting the stand, playing slaps and mutes, Latin grooves and jazz beats; learn how from our conga player and percussion instructor in this free conga tutorial video series. Part 1 of 16 - How to Play the conga. Play the conga - Part 2 of 1 ...more

How To : Play bossa nova (and "cheater" bossa) on the drums

A band leader, classical percussionist, clinician and author, Steve Houghton is also the associate professor of percussion and jazz at Indiana University-Bloomington, and is on faculty at the Henry Mancini Institute. In this installment from his video tutorial series on the fu ...more

How To : Play "Booty" by Erykah Badu on drums

How to play the song 'Booty' by Erykah Badu on the drums; get professional tips and instruction on playing pop songs on percussion instruments in this free music lesson video series. Part 1 of 16 - How to Play "Booty" by Erykah Badu on drums. Play "Booty" by Erykah Badu on dru ...more

News : Richie Hayward Benefit in San Jose, August 13, 2010

DRUM! Magazine — the leading magazine for drummers and percussionists worldwide — has announced the biggest drumming event ever to take place in Northern California. On Friday, August 13, drummers will descend on the San Jose Repertory Theatre in the heart of Silicon Valley to ...more

How To : Play steel pan drums in a band

How to play steel pan drums; get professional tips and advice from an expert drummer on playing steel percussion instruments in this free music lesson video series. Part 1 of 14 - How to Play steel pan drums in a band. Play steel pan drums in a band - Part 2 of 14. Click throu ...more

News : Dosh

Here is a video of what i think is an awesome drummer, his full name is Martin Luther King Chavez Dosh. He doese really interesting stuff because he loops his drum tracks so that he can overlap different beats, and create cymphonies of percussion! i think hes great, he's playe ...more

How To : Play beginner drum beats

Get an introduction on how to play the drums; get professional tips and instruction from an expert drummer on playing percussion instruments in this free music lesson video series. Part 1 of 39 - How to Play beginner drum beats. Play beginner drum beats - Part 2 of 39. Click t ...more

How To : Get tips and techniques for flintknapping

In this video series you'll see expert flintknapper John Olsen demonstrate how to take an obsidian stone and turn it into a knife blade. He uses "percussion" flaking to chip off large flakes of rock, and "pressure" flaking to more carefully reduce and sharpen the blade. Part 1 ...more

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