January 2016 Posts

January News at Chops

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Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

It’s a new year and there’s new gear on the demo list. Head on over to the website to view the latest additions.

View the entire list on our website.

Prepare for Solo & Ensemble With an Adams Practice Marimba

Rental instruments at Chops Percussion

The AMPD33R 3.3 octave Academy Marimba with Resonators (above) is designed to be an affordable option for home practice. We have this and other instruments available on our rental program.

View the entire list of instruments on our website.

Five Ways To Play Like Dave Grohl

Five Ways To Play Like Dave Grohl

Here at Chops Percussion we’re big fans of Dave Grohl. Ever since emerging as the hard-hitting drummer of Nirvana, Grohl has been at the forefront of music. In honor of Dave’s birthday last week we put together a quick lesson on five ways to emulate his playing.

Visit our blog to check out the lesson.

Five Ways To Play Like Dave Grohl

The following originally appeared at (hyperlink here) www.allmandrums.com.


Here at Chops Percussion we’re big fans of Dave Grohl. Ever since emerging as the hard-hitting drummer of Nirvana, Grohl has been at the forefront of music. Even though he’s known today as the guitarist and leader of the Foo Fighters, he’s still an outstanding drummer and has played with many artists including Queens of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, and Tenacious D.

In honor of Dave’s birthday last week we put together a quick lesson on five ways to emulate his playing. Check out the PDF here.

Check out the lesson then listen to the artists and albums we recommended on the PDF, we guarantee you’ll enjoy it!

New Year’s Resolutions For The High School Percussionist

Welcome back to the Chops blog! We’re already a week into 2016, but I’d like to suggest some New Year’s resolutions for the high school percussionist.

As a young and developing percussionist, you’ve got lots of room for growth and improvement. However, it can be easy to follow bad advice or spend time on the wrong things. The following suggestions are applicable to all young percussionists:

Learn more percussion instruments

A well-rounded high school percussionist is equally comfortable on mallets, timpani, drums, and accessory instruments. If you are unfamiliar with any instrument used regularly in your band, address those weaknesses this year.

Don’t know where to start? You can easily find guidance by asking your band director or percussion instruction. Chances are they have some experience, or can help you find someone who does. If you’re serious about percussion, and learning new instruments, you’ll need to find a private teacher. Private lessons will help you grow as a musician faster than anything else

Improve your music reading skills

The ability to read music separates the truly excellent and mediocre musicians. A strong reader spends less time figuring out what to play, which allows them to focus on how to play. They look at a piece of music and quickly identify each symbol on the page, and instantly understand how to perform it. Weak readers must spend time deciphering the melodies, rhythms, symbols, and words on the page before they attempt to perform the music.

How do you get better at reading music? Do these simple things while practicing:

  1. Practice SLOWLY.
  2. Count out the rhythms.
  3. Use a metronome while practicing and counting.
  4. To improve rhythmic reading, practice basic rhythmic patterns, such as sixteenth note check patterns.
  5. To improve melodic reading, practice scales, both major and minor.

Listen to more music

Great percussionists and musicians listen to new music regularly. Thanks to the internet, discovering new music has never been easier. Simply google an artist and listen to their music through a streaming service, or on YouTube.

Practice more

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

We’re already a week and a half into 2016, but you should make a late New Year’s Resolution to learn more percussion instruments, improve your reading skills, listen to more music, and practice more. The best percussionists and musicians have already made these four acts into habit. Join them, and you’ll have a productive 2016!

Just got your first drumset? Time for some lessons!

Did you just get your first drumset this holiday season? What next? If not already taking them, private lessons are the next step in getting a good start. This will help ensure a return on your investment with a lifetime of music making enjoyment. We don’t currently offer lessons here at Chops, but here’s our list of suggestions in finding a lesson instructor that’s right for you or your child.

– Ask your band director and/or school percussion instructor. Most will have a list of instructors in the area that they know will get you started on the right path to success.

– Ask other students in your school. Sometimes great private lesson instructors fly under the radar and might not yet be well known to your band director.

Call us! We’d be happy to refer you to qualified private instructors we know and trust! These would be on the northeast side, so if that works for you, just give us a call and we’ll refer you to some of the best in the area.

– Online lessons. There are new online lesson opportunities popping up all the time. If you choose this route, be sure to do some background and read all the reviews you can find.

Even if you didn’t get that drum set you wanted yet, get into lessons now so you can be prepared to groove when you finally get the set of your dreams!