[Menvi-discuss] band and percussion
marda-pianist at sbcglobal.net
Tue Sep 27 17:27:35 PDT 2011
Hi, Katie. Yes, there is a way of doing the bells. I played percussion in
an orchestra for several years and what I had to do was book extra practice
time and work my tail off. Think of making large, fast leaps on a piano.
You can't take the time to feel the keys, you have to practice until you get
the feel in your arms and hands of the distance that you have to travel.
You also need to be sure are of where you are on the instrument so you can
strike firmly. It was difficult but it can be done. Good luck.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kaiti Shelton" <crazy4clarinet104 at gmail.com>
To: <menvi-discuss at menvi.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:55 PM
Subject: [Menvi-discuss] band and percussion
> I had a blind student a few grades below me tell me today that he's in
> band and in the percussion section. Like in most bands the drummers
> rotate from bass to snare to bells etc. However, this student is
> finding bell playing difficult because there is no way for him to know
> if he's hitting the right note or not without feeling the instrument
> itself, or at least as far as anyone in his school knows. I am not a
> percussionist myself so I was unable to give him any suggestions right
> then and there, but if there are any percussionists who might have
> suggestions for bell playing that would be great. I would imagine
> that there is a way to do it; any thoughts or suggestions would be
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