Online versions of Five/Nine Minute Drill (social distancing versions)

Monday, April 6th, 2020

While the world shelters in place during the COVID-19 crisis, we are making the popular daily drill methods Five Minute Drill and Nine Minute Drill available online to users who already own the book(s). One of the main benefits from these methods is that students hit them a little bit EVERY DAY. So during these uncertain times of sheltering in place, we want students to continue benefiting from them.

If you are a current user of one of these books, please contact us with your proof of purchase (a receipt, or casual photo of your book will suffice) and request access. We’ll then provide you with information on how you can access these online versions.

New purchases of either of these books from tapspace.com will automatically include online access instructions.

We are still in business during this challenging time. For more information on how we’re operating, click here.

Stay safe, and keep practicing!

COVID-19 Updates

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

During these uncertain times, we are taking measures to scale back our operation and take precautions toward the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Following state-mandated social distance guidelines, we are still fulfilling shipments from our office in Portland, Oregon. We will continue to operate in this manner as long as the US Postal Service and UPS remain functional and so long as it is safe for our staff to continue to do so.

Contacting Us:
We will continue to provide the service you’ve come to expect from us, albeit more remotely. Please contact us online rather than via our office phone. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

International Shipments:
For the time-being, we will not be making international, non-US shipments from Tapspace.com. The majority of our catalog is available in downloadable PDF format, so we recommend purchasing your music that way if possible. We also encourage you to check with one of our dealers who may be able to more quickly provide your shipment.

Current Texas UIL Prescribed Music Titles

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

We’re headed to the San Antonio for the Texas Music Educator’s Association (TMEA) convention next week! It’s one of our favorite places to witness the power of music education, eat some great Tex-Mex, and visit with some great people in the Lone Star state.

Through the University Interscholastic League (UIL), Texas has an influential list of prescribed music titles for solo and ensemble events. We’re honored to have a large portion of our catalog sanctioned on this list! Download a complete listing of all Tapspace titles on the UIL list, organized by event, grade, and UIL code.

VDL user spotlight: CHRIS THOMPSON

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

As Virtual Drumline has been a mainstay in the creative arsenal of composers and arrangers for over 15 years now, we’d like to shine a spotlight on some of the people who have done exceptional things with it. Today, we’re excited to feature Chris Thompson.

photo by Shervin Lainez

Originally from the San Francisco bay area, Chris Thompson is a New York City-based music composer, arranger, and percussionist. His music blends the high-energy sound world of modern drum & bugle corps with the experimentalism of contemporary classical and electronic music.

Chris’ work as a percussionist and arranger greatly influences his composition: for over a decade he has been a member of Alarm Will Sound and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), he recently toured internationally as a performer with Tyondai Braxton’s HIVE, and at age 15 he was one of the youngest-ever members of the Santa Clara Vanguard drumline.

Having performed, recorded, or arranged for artists and ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, ACME, Björk, Dirty Projectors, Medeski Martin & Wood, the Metropolitan Opera, Nico Muhly, Brian Reitzell, They Might Be Giants, and Valgeir Siggurðsson, Chris has participated in the world premieres of over a hundred new works and can be heard on 30 studio albums. For ten years he has performed in the pits of various Broadway shows, including Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera.

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All Virtual Drumline Demystified lessons available for free

Sunday, January 20th, 2019
The original VDL Demystified DVD. People used to watch stuff on these.

Over the years, our onscreen tutorial Virtual Drumline Demystified has helped countless VDL users on the road to mastering it within Finale and Sibelius. Another thing that has occurred over the years is that software has continued to evolve, making the onscreen examples in VDL Demystified appear a bit dated. VDL expert, and founder of Visaudio Designs, Bryan Harmsen, did a fantastic job in presenting these lessons in a friendly, progressive manner. Bryan is a good friend of ours and subjecting him to ongoing rounds of endless video shooting and editing to stay current with frequent OS and applications updates isn’t feasible.

As such, we’ve decided to take this product off the market and make it available for free. While the older versions of Sibelius, Finale, and Kontakt won’t look entirely current, the main theories will still apply. We’ve removed a couple lessons in which outdated methods of installing template files was no longer relevant and would create more confusion than assistance.

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Tapspace Newsletter – June 2018

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

IN THIS ISSUE: New Ensembles: Schnabel (Robert Sanderl), Three Scenes from the Desert (Alex Stopa), New Solos: Danny Boy (Traditional; arr. Brian Mueller), Impromptu No. 3 (Schubert; arr. August Pappas), Tristesse (Chopin; arr. Benjamin Holmes), New Books: The Golden Age of Ragtime (Ralph Hicks & Eric Rath), Sequential Studies-Level 1 (Julia Gaines), Nine Minute Drill (Hicks/Rath), VDL Tips: Impose Sketch onto Template, Zero-G (Roger Carter).

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Festival Scores

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

With festival season upon us, we’re very excited about the ‘study score’ options on our website. It makes securing extra copies of scores quick, easy, stress-free, and (most importantly) legal!

Some of you may be familiar with the Festival Score 3-PACKS we used a few years ago. Well, it’s been improved! Rather than receiving a watermarked score that expires after your festival, we now offer the option to purchase two or three individual scores*, each at a significantly reduced price. You can use them for any number of reasons such as festivals, personal study, or rehearsals, and they can be used indefinitely.

Here’s how:

Search for your desired ensemble. Once you’ve navigated to the page of the product you wish to purchase, simply select how many scores you’d like from the Package Selection drop-down menu. If you only wish to purchase 2 or 3 copies of the score you do not have to change the Quantity, just keep it at 1. This will ensure you don’t get double or triple the amount of scores you require.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve selected how many scores you’d like to purchase, add it to your cart and check out. It’s that simple! Once we’ve processed your order, we will ship them to you. No paperwork, no photocopying, and no need to destroy your festival scores!

It’s our sincerest hope that you find this process intuitive, easy, and a RELIEF. Best of luck at your festivals!

 

*Study scores are only available for ensembles (individual parts not included), and not for duets, solos, or book products.