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SNARE DRUM METHOD Wye Firth Book 1 Elementary pee e iN rg. ‘ea FIRTH Written by Vic Firth, Solo Timpanist and Head of the Percussion Section of The Boston Symphony Orchestra CARL FISCHER» vic FIRTH SNARE DRUM METHOD BOOK |-Elementary by VIC FIRTH Solo Timpanist ‘and Head of the Percussion Section The Boston Symphony Orchestra CARL FISCHER»: 185 Bloockar Street, New York, NY 10012 Copy © 1967 by Cat che 04653 IgaNo-0259.09908 REWORD This book has been conceived and written with the following goal in mind: t9 develop a “musical” snare drummer in the classical and traditional sense of the word. My yeurs of performing and teaching have repeatedly made clear the problems and solutions of the snare drummer as a) percussion artist. As well as control and fast articulate hands, the snare Uhuminer must develop a sense of thythmie phrasing, interptctation: and concept of sound. He must understand tone pro- “ction anal sound projection as reluted to sticking and teehiical execution. He must riot treat the instrument as a noisy wtiim maker. but s i musical instrument capable of countless musical subtleties. 1 present this, book as the first step toward the development of this calibre of player: Include in the book is un explanition of the basi stoke and playing positon. Examples of simple reading begin in 4/4 time and progress through 2/4, 6/8, and 3/4, Also discussed are flams, syncopation, the 3, 9, 13, and 17 stroke rolls well as the long roll ‘One comment to the student: regardless of the teacher's bility und the quality of the instruction book used, the key to suceess lies with the student add his desire to work hard and diligently. The finest teacher and the most comprehensive ook ure only two-thirds of the basic necessities, The most important third is the student who must patiently practice many Jim hours. Then. and only then. will the combination produce musical results that are of the highest musical standards. BASIC PRINCIPLES OF MUSIC Musie is the art and science of combining sounds or tones in varying melody. fhtrneny. rhythm, and timbre. To indicite the piteh and duration oF these tones. symbols called Notes are used, These motes are all related tor each other as indicated by their names, (whole, hall, quarter. ete.) Below is a chart of note lues in Binary time. (Units of to) A WHOLE NOTE TS EQUAL TO HALE NOTES ort QUARTER NOTES or @ ENGI NOTES. or 16 SINTHENT NOTES # or 32 Below is w chart of note valley in Ternary tine, (Units of three) A DOFTED WHOLE NOTE 1S EQUAL TO. °o OTTED MLE NOTES fe : vt DOTTED QUARTER NOTES: f . r or 12 ow} . i j EXGHTTH NOTES f (Ly cer ty swwanwons EEEEES EEL Eer Cees ee aan sno Sel soms SS ee SSE Sash cere tear ey coe ae et