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Orchestra Percussion

  • Exploring Percussion Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Composing for Orchestral Percussion

Orchestra Percussion

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:06
  • Tuned Orchestra Percussion: Timpani 0:22
    • Percussion
    • The Timpani
    • Range of the 20 Timpani
    • Range of the 23 Timpani
    • Range of the 26-25 Timpani
    • Range of the 29-28 Timpani
    • Range of the 32-30 Timpani
    • Big Instruments Produce Bigger Sound
    • Writing for Timpani
    • A Fill
    • Tremelo
    • A Sonata
    • Sonata For Solo Timpani Excerpt
    • Finding a Timpani
    • Let's Listen to This Sonata (On Keyboard)
  • Glockenspiel and Xylophone 5:51
    • What Are They?
    • About the Glockenspiel
    • Range of the Glockenspiel
    • Qualities of the Glockenspiel
    • The Xylophone
    • Range of the Xylophone
    • Qualities of the Xylophone
  • Marimba and Vibraphone 8:37
    • Instruments That Use Resonator Tubes
    • Differences and Similarities
    • The Marimba
    • The Vibraphone
    • Writing for Both
  • Bass Drum, Snare, Tom-Tom, Cymbal 10:35
    • Percussion Instruments
    • The Bass Drum
    • The Snare Drum
    • Writing for Bass Drum
    • The Tom-Tom
    • Writing for Numerous Percussion Instruments
    • Floor Toms and Mounted Toms
    • The Cymbal
    • Writing for Cymbal
  • Piano, Harpsichord, Organ 14:12
    • About The Harpsichord
    • Qualities of the Harpsichord
    • The Organ
    • Qualities of the Organ
    • The Piano with Orchestra
    • Example of a Piano Part in an Orchestra Piece
    • Writing for Piano with Orchestra
  • Example I: Composing for Percussion Ensemble 18:27
  • Example II: Percussion Ensemble -cont.- 21:09
  • Example III: Percussion Ensemble -cont.- 23:36