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A Practical Guide to Percussion Terminology

Another book which I have enjoyed dipping into in recent months is called ‘A Practical Guide to Percussion Terminology by Russ Girsberger. It is edited by Anthony Cironi.

I particularly enjoyed this book. It is very much a dip-in book and it’s a very good dictionary of percussion terms from foreign language into English and also there is some very sensible advice about the interpretation of different foreign terms related to specific composer’s works.

It is a comparatively slim volume but I would say, almost essential for any budding percussionist.

This is a highly recommended text and it is something that I think every aspiring drummer and percussionist should have on their book shelf.

Published by Meredith Music.
ISBN number : 1-57463-079-8
Publishers price in the UK is £23

Anne Collis

The Only Girl in the Orchestra
Anne Collis

By Anne Collis.

When I left the Royal Academy of Music in 1964, there were no women on ANY instrument except the Harp in any major London orchestra, and certainly none on the Percussion! In fact when I entered the RAM in 1962, there were no students studying Timpani or Percussion at all.

There had been a couple of famous women a few years previously, Maggie Cotton (who went to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and Pat Brady, who had held the job of Timpanist in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, but they were the only ones and non of the ‘Big Four (the LSO, RPO, LPO and Philharmonia) refused to even audition women!

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Etudes and Tutorial Study Material
I have written for you, the student, a series of exciting and stimulating studies for various percussion instruments. Click through to see if there is one (or more!) for you. Cheers! Nigel.

Read information about instrumentation, performance and aptitude levels and to see a sample of each set.


Here are the ones I have done so far:
These offer practical solutions in getting students to problem solve the various technical and musical issues which multi-percussion writing can throw up.
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