Tips Posts

Tips For Success – Private Lessons

We’re asked quite often if we give lessons here at Chops Percussion.  While we don’t currently offer lessons, we do feel they’re vital at achieving success and enjoyment on a musical instrument.  If you just received your first drumset, practice pad and sticks, mallet instrument, hand drum or cajon this holiday season, the next step is sign up for private lessons.  This will help ensure a return on your investment with a lifetime of music making enjoyment.  Again, 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.
  • Instructional books.  If private lessons won’t work for you, get an instructional book to work from. It will help get you started the right way and give fundamental exercises to get you on your way.

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!

IMEA Professional Development Conference

IMEA Professional Development Conference
January 12-14, 2017
Grand Wayne Convention Center
Ft. Wayne, Indiana

If you’re attending the IMEA conference next week, here’s a list of performances and clinics with percussion interest you should check out.  This year, there will be a special “Percussion Focus Day” on Saturday of the conference!  There is an option to purchase a one-day Saturday pass for those that might want to take advantage of this, but cannot make the previous two days.
Also, make sure to stop by the Chops Percussion/Paige’s Music booth and say hello!

Percussion Focus Day – Saturday, January 14
8:00     Clinic: Auxiliary Percussion Techniques – Jim Catalano (Ludwig/Musser)
9:00     Clinic: Fundamentals of Keyboard Percussion and Wellness – Laurel Black (James Madison Univ.)
10:00   Clinic: Designing an Effective MS/HS Percussion Curriculum – Aaron Griesser (Penn HS)
11:00   Performance: Butler University Percussion Ensemble – Jon Crabiel
1:15     Performance: All-State Percussion Ensemble
2:30     Clinic: The Fundamentals of West African Djembe and Dundun – Andy Miller (Indiana Univ.)
3:30     Clinic: My Approach to Percussion Composition – Casey Cangelosi (James Madison Univ.)

Other Conference Sessions with Possible Percussion Interest:
Friday, January 13
11:00   Performance: Ball State Wind Ensemble
12:00   Performance: All State Jazz Ensemble
1:00     Clinic: Work/Life Balance of Busy Music Teachers – Ryan Shaw, Ph.D. (Capital Univ.)
4:30     Performance: West Lafayette HS Wind Ensemble

Saturday, January 14
8:00     Clinic: Jazz Combos – How to Make It Happen! – Shawn Humphries & Peter Sampson
9:00     Performance: Junior All State Band
9:00     Clinic: Planning for Acoustics in Performing Spaces – Michael Mendoza (Wenger)
10:00   Performance: Carroll HS Jazz Ensemble
11:00   Performance: All State Honor Band
3:30     Clinic: Understand Judge Commentary and Implementing It into Your Marching Band – Andrew Cook (Carmel HS; DCI & BOA adjudicator)

 

Full details and registration can be found at conference.imeamusic.org.

Your First Drumset

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We share this blog post at this time each year.  Christmas is a popular time for kids to get their first kit, so it seemed appropriate to share this again.  myfirstdrumset.com is a great resource for those just getting started in the world of drumming.

Are you taking up drumming for the first time? Are you buying a drum set for the drummer in your life this holiday season? If so, you may want to start at myfirstdrumset.com. This website was created by the people at Pearl Drums with the idea of educating not only the drummer, but the parent or loved one who is buying the set. Here are the highlights:

  • A “Welcome to Drumming” video with appearances by some of the top names in the drumming world.
  • A step-by-step video that shows you how to correctly unpack and set up your drum set.
  • Video tips on tuning, warming up, and playing your first beats on your new drum set.
  • A drum set buying guide.
  • A very informative FAQ section.
  • Statistics that show what a great thing drumming can be for the mind, body, and spirit!

If you or someone you love has decided that this is the year to take up drumming, there really is no better place to start than myfirstdrumset.com! And when you’re ready to make the purchase, Chops Percussion has many great instrument options for you to choose from, including the Roadshow kit. We also have a rent-to-own program that features the Pearl Export: The best selling drum set of all-time! Be sure to check out all of our rental offerings at chopspercussion.com. Welcome to the world of drumming!

Practice More with the Remo Silent Stroke Heads and Zildjian L80 Cymbals

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As a young drummer, I sometimes had a hard time finding ways to practice. The desire to practice was there, but the noise associated with my practice drove everyone else in my house nuts. Today’s drummers have a little more luck in that department. There are some great products out there that can quiet your kit down, so that means more practice time for you! Two of the best products on the market for volume control are the Remo Silent Stroke drumheads and the Zildjian L80 Low-Volume cymbals. Now you can buy them both together! Introducing the Zildjian Quiet Pack (insert pack picture here).

If you’re unfamiliar with these products, check out this video from YouTube user, Buck A.:

The pack will sell for $349.95 and will be available for a limited time only. Email us at chops@chopspercussion.com or call 877-900-DRUM to place your order today!

Why You Should Attend PASIC 2016

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Guest post today from Justin Ramirez – Percussive Arts Society

Join us for #PASIC16!

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) will be taking place in Indianapolis, IN in only a few short weeks, November 9-12!

Reasons to Attend:

  • Be inspired by watching the best drummers and percussionists from around the world!
  • Hang with over 5,000 drummers and friends in the industry
  • See and Play the latest drum and percussion gear in the Expo Hall!
  • Meet your favorite artists and participate in hands-on workshops and masterclasses!