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Droids on Parade

12 solos or duets for snare and bass drum with alternative metronome techniques
Level: Easy to Advanced
Duration: varies
Personnel: 1 or 2 players
Pages: 32
Release Date: 2022
Product ID : TSPB-51
Price: $19.00
Item #: TSPB-51

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Description

Droids on Parade is a unique, highly versatile set of 12 etudes for snare and bass drum by Chad Heiny. These short pieces may be performed as either solos or duets. Solo players may play the snare drum alone, or snare and kick drum simultaneously; or, two players may take the snare drum and bass drum parts separately.

Beginning with easy techniques and simple meters, the etudes increase in complexity and difficulty. By the end, the music employs advanced rudimental and rhythmic patterns in asymmetrical time signatures.

For an additional layer of challenge, each etude is given an alternative metronome pattern. The click may sometimes land on upbeats, different partials of the beat, or larger groupings of beats, often differing measure-to-measure. This optional approach aims to change the feel of each etude, allowing the player to develop a rock solid sense of internal pulse control.

With a wide range of skill levels, flexibility in personnel, and multiple optional approaches, this collection is an incredibly unique educational resource. It's a must-have for players and teachers alike!

Droids on Parade includes the following etudes:

  • 2-4Q8 | 0'30"
  • Q8BF | 0'55"
  • 3-4Up-B | 0'50"
  • A16-RF | 1'05"
  • CSyncD | 1'15"
  • Rudi16A | 1'55"
  • Trip5-4 | 0'50"
  • 5-6Sw | 1'35"
  • HsZ | 1'20"
  • 12-8Flow | 1'10"
  • Asym-C | 1'35"
  • 6-8Tr | 1'40"

Droids on Parade ships as a fully-bound book with a sleek cover design, and includes downloadable reference recordings with both metronome settings for each etude.

Instrumentation

  • Snare drum
  • Kick drum (optional)
  • Concert bass drum (optional)

Reviews

Snare drum and bass drum are two of the most common instruments for percussionists of all levels and across all playing styles. Considering this, it is surprising that very few compositions have focused on those instruments. “Droids on Parade” fills a much-needed gap in the repertoire by providing a versatile and progressive book of 12 compositions for snare and bass drum. The pieces can be played by a solo player with a snare drum and kick drum, or as duets with one player on snare and one on either kick drum, concert bass drum, or marching bass drum.

In addition to having a flexible number of players and increasing in difficulty level, each piece in “Droids on Parade” uses a different metronome pattern, letting the metronome act as both a timekeeper and another player in the ensemble. This increases the pedagogical level of the pieces.

“Droids on Parade” has multiple applications. It can be used as a pedagogical resource for percussion students, it can be used by a single player wanting to develop foot/hand coordination, it can fill out a percussion ensemble concert with minimal equipment, and it can help students learn how to use a metronome effectively. The movements range from 30 seconds to just under 12 minutes. The first piece, “2-4Q8,” is suitable for very beginning students, and the last piece, “6-8Tr,” is suitable for advanced students.

“Droids on Parade” is an excellent resource and would make a useful addition to both private and public music libraries. 

—Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 3, June 2022

Description

Droids on Parade is a unique, highly versatile set of 12 etudes for snare and bass drum by Chad Heiny. These short pieces may be performed as either solos or duets. Solo players may play the snare drum alone, or snare and kick drum simultaneously; or, two players may take the snare drum and bass drum parts separately.

Beginning with easy techniques and simple meters, the etudes increase in complexity and difficulty. By the end, the music employs advanced rudimental and rhythmic patterns in asymmetrical time signatures.

For an additional layer of challenge, each etude is given an alternative metronome pattern. The click may sometimes land on upbeats, different partials of the beat, or larger groupings of beats, often differing measure-to-measure. This optional approach aims to change the feel of each etude, allowing the player to develop a rock solid sense of internal pulse control.

With a wide range of skill levels, flexibility in personnel, and multiple optional approaches, this collection is an incredibly unique educational resource. It's a must-have for players and teachers alike!

Droids on Parade includes the following etudes:

  • 2-4Q8 | 0'30"
  • Q8BF | 0'55"
  • 3-4Up-B | 0'50"
  • A16-RF | 1'05"
  • CSyncD | 1'15"
  • Rudi16A | 1'55"
  • Trip5-4 | 0'50"
  • 5-6Sw | 1'35"
  • HsZ | 1'20"
  • 12-8Flow | 1'10"
  • Asym-C | 1'35"
  • 6-8Tr | 1'40"

Droids on Parade ships as a fully-bound book with a sleek cover design, and includes downloadable reference recordings with both metronome settings for each etude.

Instrumentation

  • Snare drum
  • Kick drum (optional)
  • Concert bass drum (optional)

Reviews

Snare drum and bass drum are two of the most common instruments for percussionists of all levels and across all playing styles. Considering this, it is surprising that very few compositions have focused on those instruments. “Droids on Parade” fills a much-needed gap in the repertoire by providing a versatile and progressive book of 12 compositions for snare and bass drum. The pieces can be played by a solo player with a snare drum and kick drum, or as duets with one player on snare and one on either kick drum, concert bass drum, or marching bass drum.

In addition to having a flexible number of players and increasing in difficulty level, each piece in “Droids on Parade” uses a different metronome pattern, letting the metronome act as both a timekeeper and another player in the ensemble. This increases the pedagogical level of the pieces.

“Droids on Parade” has multiple applications. It can be used as a pedagogical resource for percussion students, it can be used by a single player wanting to develop foot/hand coordination, it can fill out a percussion ensemble concert with minimal equipment, and it can help students learn how to use a metronome effectively. The movements range from 30 seconds to just under 12 minutes. The first piece, “2-4Q8,” is suitable for very beginning students, and the last piece, “6-8Tr,” is suitable for advanced students.

“Droids on Parade” is an excellent resource and would make a useful addition to both private and public music libraries. 

—Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 3, June 2022


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