So far I've had some awesome responses regarding Improvisation Etude 1 and today, I'm excited to release Etude 2! This is the first in the non-pitched series and it focuses on a single instrument. I chose to play it on snare drum this time and actually recorded four different takes to show how many different ways it may be interpreted depending on sticks/mallets, instrument and simply how you are feeling at the time of the performance. I will be gradually releasing each version of the piece below, so check for updates through my social media pages...
The other aspect that Etude 2 focuses on is time. Have you ever noticed that time goes by much slower while you practice or perform? When playing, we can really draw out each second to make as much (or as little) of it as possible. It's actually a pretty amazing feeling to truly be in the moment! When our brain is totally engaged in an activity like music making, time can almost stand still.
So...you will need a stopwatch because each section explores the length of 30 seconds. That amount of time feels like the blink of an eye in our everyday lives, but you'll feel differently once you try this!!
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Improvisation Etude 2 - any non pitched instrument : digital copy
For non-pitched percussion instruments. This etude focuses on using rhythmic gestures alone to shape a composition. It will be included in my upcoming book on how to freely improvise.
Anthony Di Bartolo is a New Jersey-based percussionist, composer, and educator.