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IN THIS ISSUE: The Tapspace Mixtape, more new releases, Rick Dior's "Broad Strokes" videos, Let Them Drum!... … Read More »

We are absolutely thrilled to announce¬† Broad Strokes , by¬† Rick Dior , a collection of snare solos for... … Read More »

Gearing up for fall, New concert releases, Virtual Drumline Tip: "El-Capi-10" a.k.a., to upgrade, or not to... … Read More »

Two New Cadence Compilations, Spring Writing Retreat, New Drumline Jams, Mare Tranquillitatis Software... … Read More »

FIVE MINUTE DRILL – Brand new book for beginning percussion now available!

We are excited to announce a brand new book+CD project entitled FIVE MINUTE DRILL by Ralph Hicks & Eric Rath. The book is a series of small exercises for practice pad and mallet keyboard that combine to form 5-minute sequences, each of which is accompanied by custom-tailored play-along tracks on CD-ROM. It is designed for both teachers and students. The project was brought about by Hicks and Rath who, as band directors themselves, recognized a lack of attention to daily fundamentals for many young classroom percussionists.

The focus of the book is on the students having fun while practicing and playing along to the stylized audio tracks. Each exercise has play-along tracks at 3 different tempos to choose from, and there is plenty of variety!


The book goes hand-in-hand with the popular Hicks/Rath compilation Beyond Basic Percussion, which provides 10 beginner level percussion ensembles that target various obstacles that face young players but in a musical way.


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"I would like to thank Danny Raymond and Tapspace for the release of Let It Rip. I know it's a few years old now, but this is the perfect tutorial for learning and expanding your vocabulary for drumming. Danny has presented here a flawless display of technique and compositions for snare drum. I am actually working on my second copy of the disc! The pdfs are easy to follow. What I like most about this dvd is this... Danny has shown the viewer here that you can have the speed and the visual side of things happening, but the articulation in which he plays, nobody does it better! I've said before that Danny has the best hands in the business. I hope to catch more of Danny's drumming in the future in any format available."