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Sound Percussion: Accessory Percussion

Written by Dave Black and Chris Bernotas, the authors’ passion for education and a deep belief in the importance of music for students of all ages is at the heart of Sound Percussion.

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Sound Percussion focuses on many of the most common accessory percussion instruments and uses them as integral parts of the ensemble. While sometimes they perform as a supportive role, there are many times accessory percussion instruments take center stage. Specific techniques, rhythmically exciting parts, and full integration make this book one your students will want to play. Accessory instruments in the book include crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, tambourine, woodblock, bongos, concert toms, claves, cowbell, castanets, and more.

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The Your Instrument section explains each of the instruments’ parts, setup, care and maintenance, playing position, stick selection, dampening, and more.

While the most common accessory percussion instruments are described in the front of the book, many additional accessory instruments are introduced toward the back of the book including maracas, guiro, sleigh bells, slapstick, gong/tam-tam, hi-hat, cabasa, wind chimes/Mark tree, and temple blocks.

SmartMusic connects you and your students through the web. Send assignments to your students using the material in Sound Percussion. Students receive immediate feedback as they practice each assignment, and the best performances are sent back to you to provide assessment.

In order to support knowledge retention, the Sound Rhythm section introduces all new rhythms in a logical manner with a lot of reinforcement. New rhythms are introduced in unison (when appropriate) and in 4/4 to provide clarity before introducing more complicated time signatures and syncopated rhythms.

While those playing snare drum focus on the more advanced rudiments in the Sound Rudiment section, accessory instrument players will learn how to apply and experiment with sticking patterns while playing supporting parts. Their focus is to find patterns that allow for the most musical and comfortable performance of their parts while supporting the rudimental study.

The Sound Meter section introduces meters starting with simple duple meters first, followed by compound meter, then asymmetrical meter, making students prepared and confident for the last level that features changing meter.

Sound Percussion comes with free access to streaming MasterClass videos, audio and video play-along tracks, and supplemental worksheets on SI Online. No CDs or DVDs to lose! Your students can practice anywhere with internet access, a practice pad, and sticks!. Full performance videos include a quad screen of all five instruments with both wide-screen and close-up shots for detailed examination of performance techniques. Many of the Sound Combination exercises feature videos that include only timpani and mallets so your students can become part of the percussion ensemble and learn part independence.

Rolls are explained in the Sound Rolls section in detail for each of the applicable accessory instruments, including video MasterClasses to aid in student comprehension.

Students are introduced to sound effects for many of the accessory instruments, such as cymbal scrapes, water-gong effect, rim shots, two-plate cymbal roll, and more.

The Sound Performance section provides an introduction to full-length percussion ensemble music. An arrangement of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and an original piece, “Engage,” are included for students to apply all they have learned in a fun and exciting way.

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