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Music Lessons on Drums and Percussion

How many of us love the drums? Love feeling the beat? Have air drummed to your favorite song? Guilderland Music Academy offers the best Percussion lessons in the Capital District through lessons custom fit to each students needs. Our percussion faculty teach various styles including rock, blues, jazz and more. Students starting out will learn about the drum kit and its components, mallet percussion, rhythmic patterns and counting. More advanced students continue to progress with a wide variety of rudiment exercises designed to improve skills and comfort. All percussionists are encouraged to bring their favorite drum parts to learn in their lesson. All of our lessons, including those on the drums and mallet percussion, include instruction on music theory, notation, and rhythm while students explore the many styles of music while having fun in their lessons!

About the Drum Kit

A drum kit, also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments. Also, both hybrid (mixing acoustic instruments and electronic drums) and entirely electronic kits are used.

About Mallet Percussion

The mallet percussion instruments are one of the oldest musical instruments invented, and probably the first pitched instruments made by man. The marimba was first introduced to the America in 1908 by the Hurtado family marimba band. The group performed on a tour that lasted three years. Other Guatemala marimba groups followed suit and soon created a big trend in entertainment scene. Due to the extreme popularity of Marimba playing, companies such as Deagan started to develop and manufacture different forms of “xylophone” as there was no standard form developed yet. Most of the instruments were custom made and some models were so different that they could hardly be classified as a “marimba” from the modern stand point. The most famous Deagan marimba is the King George model. It was built in 1934 for the marimbas orchestra of Clair Omar Musser, specifically for their 1935 European tour.

Mallet percussion includes the orchestra bells, xylophone, vibraphone, and marimba. All of these can be found within music ranging from orchestra’s to popular music and jazz.

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