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Traumatic Chromatic

for percussion ensemble
Level: Easy
Duration: 2:20
Personnel: 6–9 players
State Lists: Florida |Texas
Release Date: 2015
Product ID : TSPCE15-002
Price: $30.00
Item #: TSPCE15-002

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Description

Geared towards younger ensembles, Traumatic Chromatic focuses on playing a fast chromatic scale through isolating whole tones in each hand. The result is not only an effective study in this important coordination, but an entertaining and colorful piece that utilizes a variety of common concert percussion instruments and accessories. Treat it as a chromatic etude, or as a study for proper accessory technique, or both!

This piece was extracted from the larger compilation book, Beyond Basic Percussion. Co-written by Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks it contains 10 ensembles from which beginning percussion students can learn. Also helpful is the fact that this piece is flexible in its instrumentation. If you don't have the full arsenal of players or equipment, some parts have been denoted as optional.

It comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts for printing.


Let Them Drum! A portion of the proceeds from this title will go to Let Them Drum!—a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing recreational drum therapy treatments and performance opportunities for the special needs and assisted living communitites in The Woodlands, TX and surrounding areas.

Speical Music Making Offer! When you purchase Traumatic Chromatic, you are entitled to $30 off the list price of a copy of Beyond Basic Percussion. Simply contact Tapspace within 30 days along with your proof of purchase to receive instructions on redeeming. Proof of purchase can be an email receipt from tapspace.com, a receipt from another retailer, or a copy of a school purchase order.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Marimba—4-octave
  • Drums (snare drum, bass drum)
  • Cymbals & gongs (tam tam, crash cymbals)
  • Accessories (flexatone, tambourine, temple blocks, castanets, ratchet, triangle, police whistle)

Reviews

This work for percussion ensemble would be an excellent selection for any beginning group. As the title implies, this piece is all about learning the chromatic scale. Ralph Hicks breaks the scale down to two whole-tone scales that are played by the right and left hands. As the piece progresses the players bring both hands together to create an entire chromatic scale by the end. The supporting parts, while not working on the chromatic scale, offer the chance for players to work on their timing as well as technique on the accessory instruments. The snare drummer needs to be proficient with flams, ruffs, and rolls.

The musical needs of the piece allow for the students to work on accelerandos, ritardandos, and fermati. All of these elements need to be discussed with the group and worked on so they can occur flawlessly. This work would be great for young players learning the chromatic scale and ensemble skills. The parts are accessible enough that the players could easily move around so that everyone has a chance to play a different role in the group. It would be great for junior high and other beginning percussion groups.

—Josh Armstrong 
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 53, No. 3, July 2015

Description

Geared towards younger ensembles, Traumatic Chromatic focuses on playing a fast chromatic scale through isolating whole tones in each hand. The result is not only an effective study in this important coordination, but an entertaining and colorful piece that utilizes a variety of common concert percussion instruments and accessories. Treat it as a chromatic etude, or as a study for proper accessory technique, or both!

This piece was extracted from the larger compilation book, Beyond Basic Percussion. Co-written by Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks it contains 10 ensembles from which beginning percussion students can learn. Also helpful is the fact that this piece is flexible in its instrumentation. If you don't have the full arsenal of players or equipment, some parts have been denoted as optional.

It comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts for printing.


Let Them Drum! A portion of the proceeds from this title will go to Let Them Drum!—a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing recreational drum therapy treatments and performance opportunities for the special needs and assisted living communitites in The Woodlands, TX and surrounding areas.

Speical Music Making Offer! When you purchase Traumatic Chromatic, you are entitled to $30 off the list price of a copy of Beyond Basic Percussion. Simply contact Tapspace within 30 days along with your proof of purchase to receive instructions on redeeming. Proof of purchase can be an email receipt from tapspace.com, a receipt from another retailer, or a copy of a school purchase order.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Marimba—4-octave
  • Drums (snare drum, bass drum)
  • Cymbals & gongs (tam tam, crash cymbals)
  • Accessories (flexatone, tambourine, temple blocks, castanets, ratchet, triangle, police whistle)

Reviews

This work for percussion ensemble would be an excellent selection for any beginning group. As the title implies, this piece is all about learning the chromatic scale. Ralph Hicks breaks the scale down to two whole-tone scales that are played by the right and left hands. As the piece progresses the players bring both hands together to create an entire chromatic scale by the end. The supporting parts, while not working on the chromatic scale, offer the chance for players to work on their timing as well as technique on the accessory instruments. The snare drummer needs to be proficient with flams, ruffs, and rolls.

The musical needs of the piece allow for the students to work on accelerandos, ritardandos, and fermati. All of these elements need to be discussed with the group and worked on so they can occur flawlessly. This work would be great for young players learning the chromatic scale and ensemble skills. The parts are accessible enough that the players could easily move around so that everyone has a chance to play a different role in the group. It would be great for junior high and other beginning percussion groups.

—Josh Armstrong 
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 53, No. 3, July 2015



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