Being seated in the percussion section of your concert choir is exciting. Being a part of the overall sound and helping to keep the beat for your fellow musicians makes you a critical group member. Finding an instrument that works with your band all depends on how far you want to take your practice.
If you’re looking to get into concert percussion, you’ll first have to decide which instrument you’re most interested in. Often times, students of percussion will be required to learn a few of the instrument types from the timpani to the marimba to the snare. Once you’ve become comfortable with a few you can then shift your focus to one and master it.
Those interested in drumming will look to either the dedicated snare or bass drum for their practice. Options like the Pearl Concert Bass Drum or the Pearl SK-900 Snare that are built for use in concert orchestras. They stand alone and even include stands with wheels that allow you to easily roll in and out of a venue. These options have specific parts written for them and thus are played by one sole drummer dedicated to the task.
Concert cymbals are another category in the world of concert percussion. From finger cymbals like the Sabian 20102 to an array of suspended cymbals, these like the drums, are meant to be played by a dedicated musician. This ensures the focus is precise and contact happens at the exact moment the symphonic piece calls for it.
The accessories available to aid in your playing are also extensive. The variety of drum and cymbal sticks ensures you get the effect you want as soon as you hit the instrument. Many musicians will keep a varied kit of mallets and sticks within reach so they can swiftly change over the course of a song.
Should you need to setup or tune up your instrument, there are also a host of hardware extras you can get to keep on hand. There are some great stands available that make travelling and playing your percussion instrument a whole lot easier as well as deluxe cymbal straps and extender rods for your set up. This kind of hardware ensures you have the ability to perform in the most comfortable way possible.
The world of concert percussion is extensive. If you’re looking to break into the genre you can easily find a place for yourself to thrive. With a little research you can find the ideal instrument that’s right for you.