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Level Up!

15 Sequential Duets for the Developing Snare Drummer
Level: Easy to Medium
Duration: various (18:00 total)
Personnel: 1-2 players
Pages: 36
Release Date: 2021
Product ID : TSPB-50
Price: $20.00
Item #: TSPB-50

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Description

Chelsea Tinsler Jones’ book Level Up! is a collection of 15 snare drum pieces that provide fun and engaging musical experiences which reinforce specific snare drumming skills in beginning and intermediate players.

The pieces in this collection progressively graduate or “level up” to encourage students to strive for new plateaus. Players can perform these pieces as solos (with audio accompaniment), with a friend, or with their teacher to encourage the ensemble listening skills required in chamber music settings.

Included with each solo is three play-along reference tracks:

1) Snare drum 1 - play-along with snare drum 2
2) Snare drum 2 - play-along with snare drum 1
3) Duet reference - listen to SD 1 & SD 2 together

These pieces serve as a fun vehicle for young players to hone their technique, ensemble communication, and musical expression. The pieces included in this collection are:
  • LEVEL 1: Zombie Apocalypse Theory | Easy | 0’45”
  • LEVEL 2: Drums for the Sake of Drums | Easy | 1’20”
  • LEVEL 3: Pizza Planet | Easy | 1’25”
  • LEVEL 4: Bounce House | Easy | 0’45”
  • LEVEL 5: Percussionist Gymnastics | Med-Easy | 1’15”
  • LEVEL 6: Flam Sandwich | Med-Easy | 0’55”
  • LEVEL 7: The Pokémon Shuffle | Med-Easy | 1’20”
  • LEVEL 8: Roll Basis for Your Consideration | Med-Easy | 1’25”
  • LEVEL 9: Quaran-tune | Med-Easy | 1’10”
  • LEVEL 10: Syncopated Situation | Med-Easy | 1’35”
  • LEVEL 11: Dinner Rolls | Med-Easy | 1’00”
  • LEVEL 12: That’s Rough | Medium | 1’00”
  • LEVEL 13: Triple Lutz | Medium | 1’20”
  • LEVEL 14: Clave Cruise Control | Medium | 1’05”
  • LEVEL 15: Whole Nine Yards | Medium | 1’05”
Level Up! ships as a fully-bound book with a sleek color cover design and includes the practice audio accompaniment tracks and a second player score in downloadable format.

Reviews

It’s obvious that a lot of time, thought, and love went into this project. This collection of 15 snare drum duets goes from a simple grade one with quarter and eighth notes to around a grade three that contains multiple meters and basic rudiments.

Rather than add another generic etude book to the mix, the composer uses her teaching experience to create something appealing and a little different than the norm. This is evident from simply looking at the table of contents. The first thing that pops out are the titles of the individual pieces (such as “Pizza Planet” and “Zombie Apocalypse Theory”), which, according to the composer, were inspired by former students. What I noticed next is my favorite part of the book: under the titles are listed the individual concepts that each solo addresses. Not all of these are technique or rudiment related; some have to do with logistics, such as turning the snares on and off or working on a proper playing position. Again, it seems the composer has a lot of experience teaching at this level.

The book comes with audio recordings that students can listen to and play along with. This can especially be effective in situations where many of us have to rely on teaching online. These tracks can potentially give students a “partner” to play with to keep them on track and working towards a goal.

If I were to use this text as an educator, I would consider using very different drums (a five-inch concert snare and a concert field drum, for example) to discuss the differences in sound between different drums. With the material covered, creative names, and audio supplement, this book has a ton of potential to be a great addition for band directors, percussion specialists, and/or private lesson teachers who have students in middle and high school.

—Ben Cantrell
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 2, April 2022

Description

Chelsea Tinsler Jones’ book Level Up! is a collection of 15 snare drum pieces that provide fun and engaging musical experiences which reinforce specific snare drumming skills in beginning and intermediate players.

The pieces in this collection progressively graduate or “level up” to encourage students to strive for new plateaus. Players can perform these pieces as solos (with audio accompaniment), with a friend, or with their teacher to encourage the ensemble listening skills required in chamber music settings.

Included with each solo is three play-along reference tracks:

1) Snare drum 1 - play-along with snare drum 2
2) Snare drum 2 - play-along with snare drum 1
3) Duet reference - listen to SD 1 & SD 2 together

These pieces serve as a fun vehicle for young players to hone their technique, ensemble communication, and musical expression. The pieces included in this collection are:
  • LEVEL 1: Zombie Apocalypse Theory | Easy | 0’45”
  • LEVEL 2: Drums for the Sake of Drums | Easy | 1’20”
  • LEVEL 3: Pizza Planet | Easy | 1’25”
  • LEVEL 4: Bounce House | Easy | 0’45”
  • LEVEL 5: Percussionist Gymnastics | Med-Easy | 1’15”
  • LEVEL 6: Flam Sandwich | Med-Easy | 0’55”
  • LEVEL 7: The Pokémon Shuffle | Med-Easy | 1’20”
  • LEVEL 8: Roll Basis for Your Consideration | Med-Easy | 1’25”
  • LEVEL 9: Quaran-tune | Med-Easy | 1’10”
  • LEVEL 10: Syncopated Situation | Med-Easy | 1’35”
  • LEVEL 11: Dinner Rolls | Med-Easy | 1’00”
  • LEVEL 12: That’s Rough | Medium | 1’00”
  • LEVEL 13: Triple Lutz | Medium | 1’20”
  • LEVEL 14: Clave Cruise Control | Medium | 1’05”
  • LEVEL 15: Whole Nine Yards | Medium | 1’05”
Level Up! ships as a fully-bound book with a sleek color cover design and includes the practice audio accompaniment tracks and a second player score in downloadable format.

Reviews

It’s obvious that a lot of time, thought, and love went into this project. This collection of 15 snare drum duets goes from a simple grade one with quarter and eighth notes to around a grade three that contains multiple meters and basic rudiments.

Rather than add another generic etude book to the mix, the composer uses her teaching experience to create something appealing and a little different than the norm. This is evident from simply looking at the table of contents. The first thing that pops out are the titles of the individual pieces (such as “Pizza Planet” and “Zombie Apocalypse Theory”), which, according to the composer, were inspired by former students. What I noticed next is my favorite part of the book: under the titles are listed the individual concepts that each solo addresses. Not all of these are technique or rudiment related; some have to do with logistics, such as turning the snares on and off or working on a proper playing position. Again, it seems the composer has a lot of experience teaching at this level.

The book comes with audio recordings that students can listen to and play along with. This can especially be effective in situations where many of us have to rely on teaching online. These tracks can potentially give students a “partner” to play with to keep them on track and working towards a goal.

If I were to use this text as an educator, I would consider using very different drums (a five-inch concert snare and a concert field drum, for example) to discuss the differences in sound between different drums. With the material covered, creative names, and audio supplement, this book has a ton of potential to be a great addition for band directors, percussion specialists, and/or private lesson teachers who have students in middle and high school.

—Ben Cantrell
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 2, April 2022


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