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No. 1 Posted on Feb 20, 2013 4:18 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I may have to play a fast chromatic scale on the xylophone between two E flats, but it's at a speed of 160 bpm. Help? Or is it just repitition? My director somehow decided that if the 8th grader can't do it, then a 7th grader like me can but I'm struggling with it too (plus I'm also juggling 5 other instruments in this piece so it's a lot to keep up with). I'm getting frustrated by it and if he decides to have me play that measure, I'll be in trouble and the contest is only a couple weeks from now.

technique2012 edited on Feb 20, 2013 8:18 PM

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No. 2 Posted on Feb 20, 2013 7:26 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
If it is too fast for you to do cleanly at this stage, can you play half the notes?

Otherwise: pad, metronome, sticks, enjoy (you should be doing this everyday anyway). 5 minutes per major rudiment (singles, doubles and paradiddles) without stopping in between them. Then at least one or two more other rudiments for 5 minutes each.



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No. 3 Posted on Feb 20, 2013 8:19 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
RvJim wrote:
If it is too fast for you to do cleanly at this stage, can you play half the notes?

Otherwise: pad, metronome, sticks, enjoy (you should be doing this everyday anyway). 5 minutes per major rudiment (singles, doubles and paradiddles) without stopping in between them. Then at least one or two more other rudiments for 5 minutes each.

I have the exact same figure as the band so I can't do half notes. And speed isn't my problem, it's hitting the actual individual notes at that speed.


technique2012 edited on Feb 20, 2013 8:23 PM

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No. 4 Posted on Feb 20, 2013 8:28 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Practice your rudiments in a mirror, watch the direction of the sticks and ensure they are moving in a vertical direction only. If you are side-swiping (common) it can make good aim more. Also consider making a dot on the pad and always aim for that. Another common technique to improve accuracy is to do rudiments on a coin instead of a pad.


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