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Welcome! My shop sells PPT presentations on ancient history and sheet music, audio clips and exercises for drum kit and percussion group. All files are in .pdf and .wav format and the exercises written in Sibelius can be exported individually to create MIDI drum LOOPS.

Welcome! My shop sells PPT presentations on ancient history and sheet music, audio clips and exercises for drum kit and percussion group. All files are in .pdf and .wav format and the exercises written in Sibelius can be exported individually to create MIDI drum LOOPS.
Basics for Drum Kit
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Basics for Drum Kit

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This page provides the complete beginner with much of what they need to get started on drum kit. Everything is in 4/4, including six of the most common rhythms for kit and an introduction to three important rudiments. Suitable for beginner level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 1 X .pdf image. A perfect place to start with the drum kit - and free!
Notes & Values
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Notes & Values

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The basics of rhythm in music theory. This page introduces note values from semibreve through to semiquaver triplets, with a suggested count for commonly used notes. A metronome is handy for accuracy with these exercises.
Accents for Snare Drum
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Accents for Snare Drum

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This page provides an introduction to accents with 8 progressive exercises for snare drum. Suitable for beginner level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 1 X .pdf image. Dynamics are extremely important and will further develop control and technique - I've met too many students over the years who simply CAN'T play quietly!!
Alternative Egypt: Mysteries in Stone
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Alternative Egypt: Mysteries in Stone

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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.
Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (5/4)
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Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (5/4)

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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.
Percussion Group - Africa
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Percussion Group - Africa

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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.
Percussion Group - Egypt
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Percussion Group - Egypt

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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.
Percussion Group - Japan
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Percussion Group - Japan

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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.
Percussion Group - India
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Percussion Group - India

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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.
Percussion Group - Latin America
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Percussion Group - Latin America

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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.
Fills for Drum Kit in 4/4
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Fills for Drum Kit in 4/4

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This package provides an introduction to playing fills on the drum kit using a simple 3 bars rhythm + 1 bar fill (and repeat) format. Each page contains 12 progressive fills played in rock, sixteenth, offbeat, disco, swing and shuffle styles. Suitable for beginner/intermediate level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 3 X .pdf images, 3 X Sibelius files and 36 .wav files with count in for each exercise. A fun and easy way to get your students off of playing rhythms only, and start them moving around the toms and cymbals (and watching their timekeeping of course!).
Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (5/8)
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Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (5/8)

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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.
Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (7/4)
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Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (7/4)

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This package provides an introduction to the 7/4 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 - ease your students gently into this lovely time signature.
Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (6/8)
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Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (6/8)

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This package provides an introduction to the 6/8 time signature with 8 progressive exercises for snare drum and 8 progressive applications for drum kit, including march, swing and world styles. Suitable for 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 interesting, varied applications on kit - an ideal way to start with compound time signatures.
Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (7/8)
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Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (7/8)

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This package provides an introduction to the 7/8 time signature with 8 progressive exercises for snare drum and 8 progressive applications for drum kit, including rock and funk-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. More challenging theory and some groovy applications on kit - a practical way to become more comfortable with advanced time signatures.
Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (12/8)
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Odd Time Signatures for Drum Kit (12/8)

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This package provides an introduction to the 12/8 time signature with 8 progressive exercises for snare drum and 8 progressive applications for drum kit, including 'Gospel' and shuffle 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 interesting applications in a great feel - a practical and fun way to learn more about compound time signatures.
Dotted Note Rhythms for Drum Kit
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Dotted Note Rhythms for Drum Kit

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This package provides an introduction to dotted notes with 9 progressive exercises for snare drum and 8 progressive applications for drum kit, including rock and 'Ballad' 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. Theory page also includes handy drummers' music theory 'shortcuts'. Comprehensive theory and rocky, dynamic applications - a fun and fast way to apply dotted note rhythms to drum kit. Please note: Theory page is specific to drum kit and uses abbreviations that may not apply to other instruments.
Advanced Rhythms for Drum Kit in 4/4
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Advanced Rhythms for Drum Kit in 4/4

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This package provides some very challenging exercises in 4/4, including beat displacement and non-linear playing in rock-based styles. Suitable for advanced level. The package is compatible with PAS notation and includes: 2 X .pdf images, 2 X Sibelius files and 12 .wav files with count in for each exercise. Think everything's covered in rock and pop styles? Try some of these!
Alternative History: Mysteries in Stone
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Alternative History: Mysteries in Stone

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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.
Percussion Group - China
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Percussion Group - China

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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.