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Pedal to the Kettle

Etudes and Solos for Timpani
Level: Easy to Advanced
Personnel: Solo (timpani)
State Lists: Texas | Florida | Missouri | Indiana | Ohio
Pages: 68
Release Date: 2009
Delivery Method: Physical
Product ID : TSPB-14
Price: $25.00
Item #: TSPB-14


Description

Timpani lessons seeming a little sluggish? Pauken solos need some revving up? Pedal to the Kettle goes under the hood to address the demands placed on today's emerging timpanists, bringing new life to learning and performance on this instrument. With an inventive sequence of 2- and 4-drum etudes ranging from beginning to advanced, Kirk J. Gay steers you through a logical and entertaining course.

The etudes are presented in a sequence that graduates in difficulty while focusing on common challenges faced in modern and classic repertoire - all while maintaining a very musical approach with pieces that are fun to play! Concluding with a crowd-pleasing collection of concert solos, this book fuels you with an effective repertoire pieces with which to fine-tune your timpani lessons, contests, and recitals.

Etudes

Etude 1 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 2 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 3 (Texas - Grade 3)
Etude 4 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 5 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 6 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 7 (Texas - Grade 3)
Etude 8
Etude 9 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 10 (Ohio - Class B)
Etude 11
Etude 12 - Gliss-a-rondo
Etude 13 
Etude 14 (Florida - Grade 4)
Etude 15 (Florida - Grade 4)
Etude 16 (Florida - Grade 4, Texas - Grade 3)
Etude 17 (Texas - Grade 3)
Etude 18 (Texas - Grade 2, Ohio - Class B)
Etude 19 - Tympanic Metamorphoses (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 20 (Florida - Grade 4, Texas - Grade 2, Ohio - Class B)
Etude 21 (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 22 - Grace (notes) Under Pressure
Etude 23 - Beatin' & Bangin' (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 24 - Bartók-o-rama
Etude 25 - Extend Yourself
Etude 26 - Rolling Down the Highway (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 27 - Double Stop Trouble (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 28 - A Flat Etude 
(Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 29 - High Performance Muffler
Etude 30 - Déjà Vu All Over Again 
(Ohio - Class B)
Etude 31 - 
Rock of the 80's (Florida - Grade 5, Missouri - Grade B, Texas - Grade 2, Ohio - Class B)
Etude 32 (Florida - Grade 6, Texas - Grade 1, Indiana)

Solos

The Black Hammock (Florida - Grade 4, Missouri - Grade B, Texas - Grade 2, Ohio - Class B)
The Back Forty (Florida - Grade 4, Ohio - Class A)
Fanfare for Some New Drums
Bolt! (Florida - Grade 6, Missouri - Grade B, Texas - Grade 1, Ohio - Class A)
Los Cinco de Clubs (Florida - Grade 5, Texas - Grade 1)
The Attack of the Freezing Fog (Florida - Grade 6, Missouri - Grade A, Texas - Grade 1)

 







“Technically challenging ... very musical.”

John Evans
Principal Timpanist, The Naples Philharmonic


 

"Thoughtful and coherent, Kirk has created solid, basic studies and tastefully deployed excerpts that are bound to develop relevant technique."


Brian Slawson
Grammy-Nominated Percussionist
 


 

"... paying homage to the classics of our symphonic literature while still adding contemporary rhythmic language, tuning, and organicism in the original compositions."


Dr. John W. Parks IV
Asst. Professor of Percussion
The Florida State University



“One of the best collection of timpani pieces I have seen.”

Dr. Paul Buyer
Director of Percussion, Clemson University



"... an excellent addition to any timpanist’s library and one I will be using with my students for a long time."


Earl Yowell
Former Principle Timpani/Percussion
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

 



"... creative, musical, challenging, and fun and include material for beginners through advanced players. Bravo, Kirk!"

Dennis DeLucia
DCI Hall of Fame
WGI Hall of Fame

 

Reviews

Dr. John W. Parks IV 
Assistant Professor of Percussion 
The Florida State University
“Kirk expertly manages the arduous task of paying homage both consciously and unconsciously to the classics of our symphonic literature while still adding contemporary rhythmic language, tuning, and organicism in the original compositions. Congratulations on a terrific new text combining musicianship with graduated technical study in one terrific text, which I have already added to our required materials at Florida State!”

Dr. Paul Buyer 
Director of Percussion/PAS Education Committee Chair 
Clemson University
“Kirk Gay's Pedal to the Kettle is a wonderfully challenging book and a significant contribution to the timpani pedagogy. Brimming with creativity, humor, and musical inspiration, Gay has composed a variety of quality two and four drum timpani etudes and solos that encourage the high school and college timpanist to make musical decisions on sticking, mallet choice, interpretation, and developing one's concept of sound. Including over 35 works from beginning to advanced levels, Pedal to the Kettle is one of the best collection of timpani pieces I have seen in a long time.”

John Evans 
Principal Timpanist 
The Naples Philharmonic
“Kirk Gay has done a fantastic job putting together a book of timpani pieces that are both technically challenging but very musical. My students have enjoyed working on his pieces, and I've enjoyed the ability to teach them to play musically with his book.”

Brian Slawson 
Grammy Nominated Percussionist 
Slawsongs.com
“Thoughtful and coherent, Kirk has created solid, basic studies and tastefully deployed excerpts that are bound to develop relevant technique. "Pedal to the Kettle" stays focused on the essential elements that will nurture all aspiring timpanists.”

Earl Yowell 
Director of Percussion Studies/Former principal timpani & percussion 
Shenandoah Conservatory/St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
“Timpanists at all levels of ability will benefit from using “Pedal to the Kettle.” It displays a very creative approach to the art of timpani playing. The etudes and solos are imaginative and fun to play. They cover a wide range of techniques, and musical challenges. I especially appreciate the author’s explanations of what is to be accomplished with each etude. This book will be an excellent addition to any timpanist’s library and one I will be using with my students for a long time.”

Dennis DeLucia 
DCI Hall of Fame 
WGI Hall of Fame
“Kirk Gay's masterful new book, "Pedal to the Kettle", is the hippest, most enticing work I've ever seen for timpani. Of course, I HAVE to say that because he dedicated "Etude #25: Extend Yourself", to little ol' me! Kirk's compositions are creative, musical, challenging and fun, and include material for beginners through advanced players. Bravo, Kirk!”

George Frock
Review in Percussive Notes Magaine
“This is a very creative collection of etudes and solos for timpani. The text has 67 jam-packed pages of material, which will provide excellent training and experience for young to advanced timpanists. The text is divided into etudes for two drums and four drums, and each offers a variety of technical and musical challenges. The etudes often are based on famous passages from the orchestra literature, but the themes are just jumping-off motives, and the development is extensive for each. 

Many contrasting meters, tempi, dynamics, and styles are covered. The collection concludes with several solos, in which the composer expands the timpani color by adding a snare drum, cymbal, and contrasting stick colors. The book opens with two pages in which the author presents some excellent suggestions on how to practice and how to get the maximum benefit from the etudes and solos in the text. This should become one of the more popular texts for teaching timpani to the college timpanist.”

Description

Timpani lessons seeming a little sluggish? Pauken solos need some revving up? Pedal to the Kettle goes under the hood to address the demands placed on today's emerging timpanists, bringing new life to learning and performance on this instrument. With an inventive sequence of 2- and 4-drum etudes ranging from beginning to advanced, Kirk J. Gay steers you through a logical and entertaining course.

The etudes are presented in a sequence that graduates in difficulty while focusing on common challenges faced in modern and classic repertoire - all while maintaining a very musical approach with pieces that are fun to play! Concluding with a crowd-pleasing collection of concert solos, this book fuels you with an effective repertoire pieces with which to fine-tune your timpani lessons, contests, and recitals.

Etudes

Etude 1 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 2 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 3 (Texas - Grade 3)
Etude 4 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 5 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 6 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 7 (Texas - Grade 3)
Etude 8
Etude 9 (Texas - Grade 3, Ohio - Class C)
Etude 10 (Ohio - Class B)
Etude 11
Etude 12 - Gliss-a-rondo
Etude 13 
Etude 14 (Florida - Grade 4)
Etude 15 (Florida - Grade 4)
Etude 16 (Florida - Grade 4, Texas - Grade 3)
Etude 17 (Texas - Grade 3)
Etude 18 (Texas - Grade 2, Ohio - Class B)
Etude 19 - Tympanic Metamorphoses (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 20 (Florida - Grade 4, Texas - Grade 2, Ohio - Class B)
Etude 21 (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 22 - Grace (notes) Under Pressure
Etude 23 - Beatin' & Bangin' (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 24 - Bartók-o-rama
Etude 25 - Extend Yourself
Etude 26 - Rolling Down the Highway (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 27 - Double Stop Trouble (Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 28 - A Flat Etude 
(Texas - Grade 2)
Etude 29 - High Performance Muffler
Etude 30 - Déjà Vu All Over Again 
(Ohio - Class B)
Etude 31 - 
Rock of the 80's (Florida - Grade 5, Missouri - Grade B, Texas - Grade 2, Ohio - Class B)
Etude 32 (Florida - Grade 6, Texas - Grade 1, Indiana)

Solos

The Black Hammock (Florida - Grade 4, Missouri - Grade B, Texas - Grade 2, Ohio - Class B)
The Back Forty (Florida - Grade 4, Ohio - Class A)
Fanfare for Some New Drums
Bolt! (Florida - Grade 6, Missouri - Grade B, Texas - Grade 1, Ohio - Class A)
Los Cinco de Clubs (Florida - Grade 5, Texas - Grade 1)
The Attack of the Freezing Fog (Florida - Grade 6, Missouri - Grade A, Texas - Grade 1)

 







“Technically challenging ... very musical.”

John Evans
Principal Timpanist, The Naples Philharmonic


 

"Thoughtful and coherent, Kirk has created solid, basic studies and tastefully deployed excerpts that are bound to develop relevant technique."


Brian Slawson
Grammy-Nominated Percussionist
 


 

"... paying homage to the classics of our symphonic literature while still adding contemporary rhythmic language, tuning, and organicism in the original compositions."


Dr. John W. Parks IV
Asst. Professor of Percussion
The Florida State University



“One of the best collection of timpani pieces I have seen.”

Dr. Paul Buyer
Director of Percussion, Clemson University



"... an excellent addition to any timpanist’s library and one I will be using with my students for a long time."


Earl Yowell
Former Principle Timpani/Percussion
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

 



"... creative, musical, challenging, and fun and include material for beginners through advanced players. Bravo, Kirk!"

Dennis DeLucia
DCI Hall of Fame
WGI Hall of Fame

 

Reviews

Dr. John W. Parks IV 
Assistant Professor of Percussion 
The Florida State University
“Kirk expertly manages the arduous task of paying homage both consciously and unconsciously to the classics of our symphonic literature while still adding contemporary rhythmic language, tuning, and organicism in the original compositions. Congratulations on a terrific new text combining musicianship with graduated technical study in one terrific text, which I have already added to our required materials at Florida State!”

Dr. Paul Buyer 
Director of Percussion/PAS Education Committee Chair 
Clemson University
“Kirk Gay's Pedal to the Kettle is a wonderfully challenging book and a significant contribution to the timpani pedagogy. Brimming with creativity, humor, and musical inspiration, Gay has composed a variety of quality two and four drum timpani etudes and solos that encourage the high school and college timpanist to make musical decisions on sticking, mallet choice, interpretation, and developing one's concept of sound. Including over 35 works from beginning to advanced levels, Pedal to the Kettle is one of the best collection of timpani pieces I have seen in a long time.”

John Evans 
Principal Timpanist 
The Naples Philharmonic
“Kirk Gay has done a fantastic job putting together a book of timpani pieces that are both technically challenging but very musical. My students have enjoyed working on his pieces, and I've enjoyed the ability to teach them to play musically with his book.”

Brian Slawson 
Grammy Nominated Percussionist 
Slawsongs.com
“Thoughtful and coherent, Kirk has created solid, basic studies and tastefully deployed excerpts that are bound to develop relevant technique. "Pedal to the Kettle" stays focused on the essential elements that will nurture all aspiring timpanists.”

Earl Yowell 
Director of Percussion Studies/Former principal timpani & percussion 
Shenandoah Conservatory/St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
“Timpanists at all levels of ability will benefit from using “Pedal to the Kettle.” It displays a very creative approach to the art of timpani playing. The etudes and solos are imaginative and fun to play. They cover a wide range of techniques, and musical challenges. I especially appreciate the author’s explanations of what is to be accomplished with each etude. This book will be an excellent addition to any timpanist’s library and one I will be using with my students for a long time.”

Dennis DeLucia 
DCI Hall of Fame 
WGI Hall of Fame
“Kirk Gay's masterful new book, "Pedal to the Kettle", is the hippest, most enticing work I've ever seen for timpani. Of course, I HAVE to say that because he dedicated "Etude #25: Extend Yourself", to little ol' me! Kirk's compositions are creative, musical, challenging and fun, and include material for beginners through advanced players. Bravo, Kirk!”

George Frock
Review in Percussive Notes Magaine
“This is a very creative collection of etudes and solos for timpani. The text has 67 jam-packed pages of material, which will provide excellent training and experience for young to advanced timpanists. The text is divided into etudes for two drums and four drums, and each offers a variety of technical and musical challenges. The etudes often are based on famous passages from the orchestra literature, but the themes are just jumping-off motives, and the development is extensive for each. 

Many contrasting meters, tempi, dynamics, and styles are covered. The collection concludes with several solos, in which the composer expands the timpani color by adding a snare drum, cymbal, and contrasting stick colors. The book opens with two pages in which the author presents some excellent suggestions on how to practice and how to get the maximum benefit from the etudes and solos in the text. This should become one of the more popular texts for teaching timpani to the college timpanist.”



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