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May 8, 2019

Kabir, my 7 y.o. student, decided to compose a duet for 2 snare drums. What is interesting is the fact that he wrote it in 3/4 time signature (most of the music he currently plays is either in 4/4 or 2/4 time).  I'm very impressed. I'm going to use it with other studen...

April 25, 2019

Cute card and a chocolate bar from one of my students :)

April 8, 2019

One of my students asked me a question: "Have you had any experience with Remo Suede drum heads?"

My answer: I used Suede heads for a short period of time. They might turn out to be to your liking. They have that extra elasticity and a rubbery, spongy feel to them. I en...

April 2, 2019

 We decided to make a quick recording of a classical piece arranged for marimba. Rishi and I had a lot of fun playing this composition. His reading skills improved a lot. Stay tuned for more.

January 17, 2019

Congratulations to our student Matthew G. for passing Level 7 Trinity College international music Exam in London! Matthew is originally from England. He had a choice of taking the test in the USA or his hometown, and opted for doing it in London (he also had a chance t...

November 1, 2018

Question: "Do the resonant tom or snare heads ever wear out? Do you ever have to replace them?"

My answer: Resonant tom heads don't really wear out a lot, but as with any material made of oil, they can dry over an extended period of time. So if you feel adventurous, why...

November 2, 2017

I just had an opportunity to volunteer at one of the local elementary schools. The school has no music program due to budget cuts, so I decided to give a presentation about percussion instruments and their use in orchestras and bands. I brought a xylophone, orchestra b...

September 6, 2017

Q: "Have you ever had any experience with mahogany snare drums? What's your opinion about the sound, etc?"

My answer regarding Mahogany Snare: They are the lowest and warmest-sounding of most wood snares. Vintage vibe, you may say. I played Catalina bop kit and liked it...

August 29, 2017

Just went through my bookshelf and discovered a book of Tchaikovsky's "Children's Album" for solo piano. Some of the compositions I arrange for marimba and piano (a student plays a solo part on the marimba or xylophone and I play and accompaniment on the piano).  I not...

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