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Back Beats and Rim Shots

I would like to recommend a particularly interesting book for drummers and percussionists. It’s called ‘Back Beats and Rim Shots’ and it’s the Johnny Blowers story written by Warren Vaché. It’s one of the studies in jazz, No. 25 in fact, published by The Scarecrow Press of London and the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University of New Jersey. It’s particularly interesting to read Jonhny Blowers life story as he started out in the Swing Era, playing with big and small bands and travelling constantly throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s. Later on in his career he became a very respected session musician in New York. Also, became very adept at playing the mallet instruments, vibraphone, xylophone and timpani and so, over a period of time, became a very ‘in demand’ studio player.


Anne Collis

The Only Girl in the Orchestra
Anne Collis

By Anne Collis.

When I left the Royal Academy of Music in 1964, there were no women on ANY instrument except the Harp in any major London orchestra, and certainly none on the Percussion! In fact when I entered the RAM in 1962, there were no students studying Timpani or Percussion at all.

There had been a couple of famous women a few years previously, Maggie Cotton (who went to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and Pat Brady, who had held the job of Timpanist in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, but they were the only ones and non of the ‘Big Four (the LSO, RPO, LPO and Philharmonia) refused to even audition women!


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Etudes and Tutorial Study Material
I have written for you, the student, a series of exciting and stimulating studies for various percussion instruments. Click through to see if there is one (or more!) for you. Cheers! Nigel.

Read information about instrumentation, performance and aptitude levels and to see a sample of each set.

Here are the ones I have done so far:
These offer practical solutions in getting students to problem solve the various technical and musical issues which multi-percussion writing can throw up.