Droids on Parade
The metronome is the musician's best tool, but it holds even more potential than most people realize. What happens when you play a familiar piece, but move the click to the upbeat, every other beat, or a different note value entirely?
Chad Heiny explores this concept in his ultra-flexible book, Droids on Parade! These 12 etudes are written for snare and bass drum, and may be played as solos or duets. Soloists can either play snare drum alone, or snare and kick drum simultaneously; or, two players can take snare and bass drum separately.
Each etude is given two metronome markings: a standard tempo value, and an alternate option. The latter option moves the click to different spots within the bar, dramatically changing the feel of the piece. These techniques provide a fresh challenge, and aim to develop a rock-solid sense of pulse!
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