Alternative History: Mysteries in Stone

Alternative History: Mysteries in Stone

Take your students on a less trodden path of history with mysteries in stone from Peru, Lebanon, India, Egypt and Bolivia. How our ancestors produced this work is still not fully understood. This presentation includes 17 slides, 45 colour photographs, Questions section and Additional Information & Commentary notes that can be used for discussion and/or further questions.
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Alternative Egypt: Mysteries in Stone

Alternative Egypt: Mysteries in Stone

Take your students on an alternative tour of Egypt, featuring mysteries in stone from Saqqara, Abusir, Karnak, Giza, Aswan and Cairo. How the ancient Egyptians produced this work is still not fully understood. This presentation includes 17 slides, 40 colour photographs, Questions section and Additional Information & Commentary notes that can be used for discussion and/or further questions.
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Percussion Group - India

Percussion Group - India

This piece is designed for a group of 6 players and suitable for beginner to intermediate level. Parts at the top of the page (P1, P2, P3 etc.) are the more dominant and characteristic parts and should be established first. Parts further down the page are optional, embellishments and sometimes rhythmically more advanced. This piece has great flexibility with regard to number of players and instruments available: Parts can be doubled or trebled (or more) and some parts can be clapped only, if instruments are lacking. A longer arrangement is also easy to produce by simply making some parts tacet whilst others play, then reverse parts or chop and change. Also, if your dusty music dept. cupboard does not (shock) include a Sitar, pair of Tabla or any of the more specialised instruments, don’t panic! Keep it simple, use similar instruments and think in terms if hi tone, lo tone, wood, metal, drum, strings etc. This product includes a full recording of all parts played together, an individual recording of each player’s part (with count and click) and comprises: 1 X pdf image and 7 X .wav files. A smooth, relaxed piece that provides an introduction to Indian time cycles, basic strokes on Tabla and Tal Keherwa.
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Percussion Group - Africa

Percussion Group - Africa

This piece is designed for a group of 8 players and suitable for beginner to intermediate level. Parts at the top of the page (P1, P2, P3 etc.) are the more dominant or characteristic parts and should be established first. Parts further down the page are optional, embellishments and sometimes rhythmically more advanced. This piece has great flexibility with regard to number of players and instruments available: Parts can be doubled (or more) and some parts can be clapped only if instruments are lacking. A longer arrangement is also easy to produce by simply making some parts tacet whilst others play, then reverse parts or chop and change. Also, if your dusty music dept. cupboard does not (shock) include a Bendir, Quijada or any of the more specialised instruments, don’t panic! Keep it simple, use similar instruments and think in terms if hi tone, lo tone, wood, plastic, metal etc. This product includes a full recording of all parts played together, an individual recording of each player’s part (with count and click) and comprises: 1 X pdf image and 9 X .wav files. Group drumming is a fantastic, unifying activity and always produces lots of smiles. This is also a fun way to introduce compound time signatures and rhythms from around the world.
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Percussion Group - Egypt

Percussion Group - Egypt

This piece is designed for a group of 8 players and suitable for beginner to intermediate level. Parts at the top of the page (P1, P2, P3 etc.) are the more dominant or characteristic parts and should be established first. Parts further down the page are optional, embellishments and sometimes rhythmically more advanced. This piece has great flexibility with regard to number of players and instruments available: Parts can be doubled or trebled (or more) and some parts can be clapped only, if instruments are lacking. A longer arrangement is also easy to produce by simply making some parts tacet whilst others play, then reverse parts or chop and change. Also, if your dusty music dept. cupboard does not (shock) include a Bendir, Doholla or any of the more specialised instruments, don’t panic! Keep it simple, use similar instruments and think in terms if hi tone, lo tone, wood, plastic, metal etc. This product includes a full recording of all parts played together, an individual recording of each player’s part (with count and click) and comprises: 1 X pdf image and 9 X .wav files. A slighter tougher piece due to the swung semiquaver feel. If difficult, play in straight semiquavers and then ‘swing’ when all are comfortable. Plenty of room for talented soloists here too, once the base (or wazn) is established.
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Percussion Group - Japan

Percussion Group - Japan

This piece is designed for a group of 8 players and suitable for beginner to intermediate level. Parts at the top of the page (P1, P2, P3 etc.) are the more dominant and characteristic parts and should be established first. Parts further down the page are optional, embellishments and sometimes rhythmically more advanced. This piece has great flexibility with regard to number of players and instruments available: Parts can be doubled or trebled (or more) and some parts can be clapped only, if instruments are lacking. A longer arrangement is also easy to produce by simply making some parts tacet whilst others play, then reverse. Also, if your dusty music dept. cupboard does not (shock) include a Bang Gu, Atarigani or any of the more specialised instruments, don’t panic! Keep it simple, use similar instruments and think in terms if hi tone, lo tone, wood, plastic, metal etc. This product includes a full recording of all parts played together, an individual recording of each player’s part (with count and click) and comprises: 1 X pdf image and 9 X .wav files. A very energetic, dynamic piece and lots of fun for all! Due to the advanced tempo, it may be worth starting slowly to accurately lock down the semiquaver patterns, then increase the speed when all are comfortable.
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Percussion Group - Latin America

Percussion Group - Latin America

This piece is designed for a larger group of 8 players and suitable for beginner to intermediate level. Parts at the top of the page (P1, P2, P3 etc.) are the more dominant and characteristic parts and should be established first. Parts further down the page are optional, embellishments and sometimes rhythmically more advanced. This piece has great flexibility with regard to number of players and instruments available: Parts can be doubled (or more) and some parts can be clapped only, if instruments are lacking. A longer arrangement is also easy to produce by simply making some parts tacet whilst others play, then reverse parts or chop and change. Also, if your dusty music dept. cupboard does not (shock) include a Repinique, Cuica or any of the more specialised instruments, don’t panic! Keep it simple, use similar instruments and think in terms if hi tone, lo tone, wood, plastic, metal etc. This product includes a full recording of all parts played together, an individual recording of each player’s part (with count and click) and comprises: 1 X pdf image and 9 X .wav files. Playing in a Samba band is a fantastic, unifying activity and always produces lots of smiles. This is also an easy and fun way to introduce the very famous Clave pulse.
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Percussion Group - China

Percussion Group - China

This piece is designed for a group of 6 players and suitable for beginner to intermediate level. Parts at the top of the page (P1, P2, P3 etc.) are the more dominant and characteristic parts and should be established first. Parts further down the page are optional, embellishments and sometimes rhythmically more advanced. This piece has great flexibility with regard to number of players and instruments available: Parts can be doubled or trebled (or more) and some parts can be clapped only, if instruments are lacking. A longer arrangement is also easy to produce by simply making some parts tacet whilst others play, then reverse or chop and change. Also, if your dusty music dept. cupboard does not (shock) include a Santoor, Xiao Bo, Cuica or any of the more specialised instruments, don’t panic! Keep it simple, use similar instruments and think in terms if hi tone, lo tone, wood, plastic, metal etc. This product includes a full recording of all parts played together, an individual recording of each player’s part (with count and click) and comprises: 1 X pdf image and 7 X .wav files. A slow tempo, simple piece that provides an easy introduction to Chinese rhythms and melody.
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Rock Rhythms for Drum Kit

Rock Rhythms for Drum Kit

This package provides a progressive set of exercises for students who want to expand their knowledge of this very common rhythm. Page 1 varies bass drum patterns using crotchets and quavers, page 2 adds to this by varying hand patterns using semiquavers and page 3 varies bass drum patterns using semiquavers. This package includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 12 .wav files with a count in for each exercise. A nice easy start, some funky embellishments and a leg-breaker final page!
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Semiquaver Triplet Rhythms for Drum Kit

Semiquaver Triplet Rhythms for Drum Kit

This package provides an introduction to semiquaver triplets with 9 progressive exercises for snare drum (with recommended sticking) and 11 progressive applications for drum kit in pop, funk and world styles. Suitable for advanced level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 11 .wav files with count in for each exercise. Tough stuff, but if practised VERY slowly, these exercises will promote precision and control - and these very funky but quite challenging rhythms will eventually sound effortless.
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World Rhythms for Drum Kit

World Rhythms for Drum Kit

This package provides an introduction to rhythms from around the world with 15 progressive applications for drum kit (including reggae, samba, nanigo and many other styles). Suitable for intermediate/advanced level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 2 X .pdf images, 2 X Sibelius files and 15 .wav files with count in for each exercise. Whilst these rhythms sound (and look) fantastic when mastered, they can be very demanding depending on current independence ability. If difficult, practise each part of the rhythm separately, then combine.
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Music Theory for Drummers! (1)

Music Theory for Drummers! (1)

This package introduces the very basics of music theory for drummers with an explanation of the note values and 2 pages of exercises using semibreves, minims and crotchets, with recommended count. Suitable for beginner level. This package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 26 X .wav files with a count in for each exercise. A metronome is useful with these exercises. Get the boring theory out of the way and apply to the kit as soon as possible! PLEASE NOTE: All theory pages also illustrate the 'shortcuts' available to drummers, due to the absence of sustain (except in the case of dotted and tied notes, rolls, cymbals etc.). Because of this, theory pages may not be suitable for teaching music theory on other instruments where note length and sustain is a factor.
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Music Theory for Drummers! (2)

Music Theory for Drummers! (2)

This package continues the basics of music theory for drummers with 3 pages of exercises using crotchet and minim triplets, quavers and offbeat quavers, with recommended count and sticking. Suitable for beginner/intermediate level. This package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 26 X .wav files with a count in for each exercise. A metronome is useful with these exercises. Get the boring theory out of the way and apply to the kit as soon as possible! PLEASE NOTE: All theory pages also illustrate the 'shortcuts' available to drummers, due to the absence of sustain (except in the case of dotted and tied notes, rolls, cymbals etc.). Because of this, theory pages may not be suitable for teaching music theory on other instruments where note length and sustain is a factor.
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Music Theory for Drummers! (3)

Music Theory for Drummers! (3)

This package continues the study of music theory for drummers with 3 pages of exercises using quaver triplets and semiquavers, with recommended count and sticking. Suitable for beginner/intermediate level. This package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 20 X .wav files with a count in for each exercise. A metronome is useful with these exercises. Get the boring theory out of the way and apply to the kit as soon as possible! PLEASE NOTE: All theory pages also illustrate the 'shortcuts' available to drummers, due to the absence of sustain (except in the case of dotted and tied notes, rolls, cymbals etc.). Because of this, theory pages may not be suitable for teaching music theory on other instruments where note length and sustain is a factor.
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Music Theory for Drummers! (4)

Music Theory for Drummers! (4)

This package continues the study of music theory for drummers with 3 pages of exercises using semiquaver triplets, dotted notes and tied notes, with recommended count and sticking. Suitable for intermediate/advanced level. This package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 26 X .wav files with a count in for each exercise. A metronome is useful with these exercises. Get the boring theory out of the way and apply to the kit as soon as possible! PLEASE NOTE: All theory pages also illustrate the 'shortcuts' available to drummers, due to the absence of sustain (except in the case of dotted and tied notes, rolls, cymbals etc.). Because of this, theory pages may not be suitable for teaching music theory on other instruments where note length and sustain is a factor.
Alex_Mott
Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (2/4)

Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (2/4)

This package provides an introduction to the 2/4 time signature with 8 progressive exercises for snare drum and 8 progressive applications for drum kit, including vamp, march and application of drags and double-stroke rolls. Suitable for beginner/intermediate level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 2 X .pdf images, 2 X Sibelius files and 16 .wav files with count in for each exercise. Easy theory and fun applications - a less terrifying place to start with odd time signatures for drum kit!
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Rudiments and Applications for Drum Kit

Rudiments and Applications for Drum Kit

This package introduces 8 of the most well known rudiments for snare drum and 16 progressive applications for drum kit. This package includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 24 X .wav files with a count in for each exercise. Rudiments on snare drum or practice pad alone can be a little dull and repetitive - this is a fun way to get those rudiments moving around the kit!
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Offbeat and Disco Rhythms for Drum Kit

Offbeat and Disco Rhythms for Drum Kit

This package provides an introduction to offbeat rhythms with 9 progressive exercises for snare drum (with recommended count and sticking) and 16 progressive applications for drum kit, including playing offbeats with both hands and feet, and open and closed hi-hat patterns). Suitable for intermediate/advanced level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 25 .wav files with count in for each exercise. Easy theory but tougher kit applications (especially the open and closed hi-hat rhythms). Unless independence skills are already in the pocket, it may be worth covering only 1 or 2 kit rhythms per lesson. As with many independence-demanding rhythms, each exercise may need continuous practice for at least a few minutes to settle it in.
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Semiquaver Rhythms for Drum Kit

Semiquaver Rhythms for Drum Kit

This package provides an introduction to semiquavers with 11 progressive exercises for snare drum (with recommended count and sticking) and 8 progressive applications for drum kit (including playing with toms and grace notes). Suitable for beginner/intermediate level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 19 .wav files with count in for each exercise. Once the count and the hands are locked together, the learning or emulation of future, similar rhythms becomes much easier. The last 4 exercises on kit are influenced by samba reggae drumming and roll along very nicely when mastered (they're not actually that difficult either).
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Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (5/4)

Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (5/4)

This package provides an introduction to the 5/4 time signature with 8 progressive exercises for snare drum and 8 progressive applications for drum kit, including rock, swing, shuffle and funk feel. Suitable for intermediate/advanced level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 2 X .pdf images, 2 X Sibelius files and 16 .wav files with count in for each exercise. Basic theory and interesting rhythms in a challenging time signature - a good continuation of study of odd time signatures for drum kit.
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Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (5/8)

Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (5/8)

This package provides an introduction to the 5/8 time signature with 8 progressive exercises for snare drum and 8 progressive applications for drum kit, in rock-based styles. Suitable for intermediate/advanced level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 2 X .pdf images, 2 X Sibelius files and 16 .wav files with count in for each exercise. Easy theory and groovy applications - a practical way get more comfortable with advanced time signatures.
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