Warm Up the Percussionists

Mike Lawson • Playing Tips • March 1, 2019

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Have your percussion section warm-up for about thirty seconds to a minute at the beginning of class.

Have them count sixteenth note subdivision and do single stroke  sixteenth notes on drums with pads. During this time, have the winds put their instruments together. Then the percussionists can set up while the band does their warm-up. This will assist the percussionists in warm-up of their muscles and mentally prepare them to play.

Hal Sargent

Cardinal Gibbons High School

Raleigh, North Carolina

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