“A method for applying rhythms and techniques to
Drumset, Hand Percussion and Mallet Instruments”
by Rob Lewis
Mel Bay Publications, inc. 2003
· Contains 2 CD’s showcasing 7 percussion instruments
playing musical examples.
· Also includes 9 extra-length loops for playing and practicing
along with the author.
As I progress through my musical career, I’ve found that many techniques learned on one
instrument were applicable to other instruments. As I was earnestly trying to learn many
different percussion instruments, and needed to keep up my chops on all of them, practice time was at a premium!
Crosstraining is the answer to that situation.
Crosstraining in percussion means using a rhythmic idea, or specific technique, and applying it to other instruments in the percussion family. This helps a percussionist develop in many ways. For one thing, when you start applying concepts that you are already familiar with to other instruments, you’re approaching that new instrument from a position of strength. You won’t necessarily have to learn a whole new musical language to play some conga drums if you already have a good rhythmic background from drumset. You merely start applying rhythms and grooves already familiar to you, on the new instrument. You’ll get much more in return than you might think!