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First Principles for Marching Battery

A collection of not-so-stock exercises to help unlock your drumline’s potential
Level: Med-Advanced
Release Date: 2020
Product ID : TSPB-46
Price: $30.00
Item #: TSPB-46

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Description

Going back to the proverbial drawing board is never a bad idea. With First Principles for Marching Battery, legendary drumline instructor Murray Gusseck has done just that. By creatively reexamining stock warmup exercises with fresh insight and "First Principles" reasoning, Gusseck has created a collection of not-so-stock exercises to help unlock your drumline's full potential!

Designed to help identify common technique issues in more advanced programs, and then focus the players' intentions accordingly, the 14 exercises in this compilation target technical areas such as:
  • Tempo
  • Time feel (groove)
  • Tap placement
  • Double strength
  • Wrist snap
  • 5- and 7-stroke rolls
  • Listening skills
  • … and more!
Gusseck crafted the exercises with the goal of achieving automated self-correction through repetition. Each exercise contains a breakdown of its purpose as well as suggestions for implementation strategies. Also provided are tips and suggestions for metronome use, tempo selection, and a variety of other related topics compiled through decades of wisdom in the marching percussion biz.

First Principles for Marching Battery is aimed at drumline instructors with at least some experience who might be looking for different ways to enhance their programs, reduce boredom in rehearsals, and promote healthy and fun playing. It is also designed with more experienced players in mind who might be looking for inspiration in certain key technical areas in order to advance.

Included exercises:

1) Single-Double-Triple

2) Swing Crosby

3) Milkbone

4) Flam Hack Sense

5) Gear Shifter

6) The Rub

7) I.D.A. (”Inverted Double Attack”)

8) Snapper

9) Single Double Trouble

10) Three Strikes

11) Diddle McNuggets

12) Bitty Rolls

13) Diddles & Vittles

14) Fulcrum Freddie

An assortment of audio reference tracks are included, as are parts for 5- and 6-drum tenor configurations and 4-, 5-, and 6-drum bass configurations.

Reviews

At one time or another, many percussion instructors and/or band directors will find themselves wondering how many times they must listen to a stock double-beat exercise. Percussion luminary Murray Gusseck answers this question swiftly and resoundingly with “never again,” thanks to First Principles for Marching Battery. Taking inspiration from Elon Musk, Gusseck takes the percussion instructor through a masterclass in rethinking what it means to warm up your drumline. The exercises are a perfect blend of groove and technique, and even alone these exercises are engaging and fun to play.

In First Principles, the reader is not only provided with a broad palette of exercises but is also given concise insights into the pedagogy behind the exercises. While the tag line of “not- so-stock exercises” might read as a gimmick, these exercises truly lives up to their billing, as Gusseck generously provides tips for rehearsing these exercises with your line using a plethora of provided variations to avoid monotony. Furthermore, readers are actively encouraged to take ownership of the creative process and customize these exercises for their own ensembles, a far cry from the regurgitated stock exercises many of us are familiar with.

Whether you are an experienced composer and arranger within the marching arts, a percussionist-composer, or a percussionist who is new to drumline, this book is a vital addition to your library, as these ideas are as applicable on the marching field as in the percussion studio.

Not only is the collection solidly put together, but you also get 14 practical exercises that are sure to keep your drumline engaged and improving. The greatest value, however, is truly the front- row seat to the diverse inspirations and varied expertise of a percussion legend. Congratulations to Murray Gusseck and Tapspace Publications on an excellent collection!

—Quintin Mallette
Percussive Notes
Vol. 59, No. 3, June 2021

Description

Going back to the proverbial drawing board is never a bad idea. With First Principles for Marching Battery, legendary drumline instructor Murray Gusseck has done just that. By creatively reexamining stock warmup exercises with fresh insight and "First Principles" reasoning, Gusseck has created a collection of not-so-stock exercises to help unlock your drumline's full potential!

Designed to help identify common technique issues in more advanced programs, and then focus the players' intentions accordingly, the 14 exercises in this compilation target technical areas such as:
  • Tempo
  • Time feel (groove)
  • Tap placement
  • Double strength
  • Wrist snap
  • 5- and 7-stroke rolls
  • Listening skills
  • … and more!
Gusseck crafted the exercises with the goal of achieving automated self-correction through repetition. Each exercise contains a breakdown of its purpose as well as suggestions for implementation strategies. Also provided are tips and suggestions for metronome use, tempo selection, and a variety of other related topics compiled through decades of wisdom in the marching percussion biz.

First Principles for Marching Battery is aimed at drumline instructors with at least some experience who might be looking for different ways to enhance their programs, reduce boredom in rehearsals, and promote healthy and fun playing. It is also designed with more experienced players in mind who might be looking for inspiration in certain key technical areas in order to advance.

Included exercises:

1) Single-Double-Triple

2) Swing Crosby

3) Milkbone

4) Flam Hack Sense

5) Gear Shifter

6) The Rub

7) I.D.A. (”Inverted Double Attack”)

8) Snapper

9) Single Double Trouble

10) Three Strikes

11) Diddle McNuggets

12) Bitty Rolls

13) Diddles & Vittles

14) Fulcrum Freddie

An assortment of audio reference tracks are included, as are parts for 5- and 6-drum tenor configurations and 4-, 5-, and 6-drum bass configurations.

Reviews

At one time or another, many percussion instructors and/or band directors will find themselves wondering how many times they must listen to a stock double-beat exercise. Percussion luminary Murray Gusseck answers this question swiftly and resoundingly with “never again,” thanks to First Principles for Marching Battery. Taking inspiration from Elon Musk, Gusseck takes the percussion instructor through a masterclass in rethinking what it means to warm up your drumline. The exercises are a perfect blend of groove and technique, and even alone these exercises are engaging and fun to play.

In First Principles, the reader is not only provided with a broad palette of exercises but is also given concise insights into the pedagogy behind the exercises. While the tag line of “not- so-stock exercises” might read as a gimmick, these exercises truly lives up to their billing, as Gusseck generously provides tips for rehearsing these exercises with your line using a plethora of provided variations to avoid monotony. Furthermore, readers are actively encouraged to take ownership of the creative process and customize these exercises for their own ensembles, a far cry from the regurgitated stock exercises many of us are familiar with.

Whether you are an experienced composer and arranger within the marching arts, a percussionist-composer, or a percussionist who is new to drumline, this book is a vital addition to your library, as these ideas are as applicable on the marching field as in the percussion studio.

Not only is the collection solidly put together, but you also get 14 practical exercises that are sure to keep your drumline engaged and improving. The greatest value, however, is truly the front- row seat to the diverse inspirations and varied expertise of a percussion legend. Congratulations to Murray Gusseck and Tapspace Publications on an excellent collection!

—Quintin Mallette
Percussive Notes
Vol. 59, No. 3, June 2021



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