The Percussion Instruments at the End of Your Wrist

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man

Not long ago I posted a clip of John Coltrane practicing with a drummer (possibly Elvin Jones) and Elvin was playing his lap, and clapping. Using your hands, body, and voice to figure out and “own” a tough rhythm is just one of many strategies pros use to get better. Find more strategies and mindsets and other things pros use to get better in The Practice of Practice.

Another post introduced the importance of rhythmic skill, and how using a percussion instrument at the same time as your other instrument can add greater depth and rhythm to your ability on your main instrument. The video below combines all of that wonderfully in an epic a capella patty cake that is a promo, shot in one take (!) with Sony’s Mixia HD movie camera..

Here are links to the These are the musicians in this video: Sam Tsui, Alex G, Kurt Schneider and Alyson Stoner.




Back-To-School Specials On All Formats:

The Practice of PracticeBasic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music, by Jonathan HarnumSoundTheTrumpet2_Cover



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