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Calf vs. Synthetic Tambourine Heads

Can’t decide if you want a calf or synthetic head on your tambourine? Black Swamp is here to break it down, helping to make your buying decision a little easier. Eric from Black Swamp Percussion compares the benefits of clear calf skin heads and Remo Renaissance...

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Percussion Source: More Than You Might Realize!

Have you ever noticed the tag, “A Division of West Music” on the Percussion Source Logo? Did you ever wonder what that actually means? Many people may not be aware of Percussion Source’s relationship with West Music, so let us enlighten you! Who is West Music? West...

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Let Us Put Together Your MalletSTATION Kit!

  Pearl’s EM1 malletSTATION is one of the coolest new electronic percussion instruments from the past few years. It’s no mystery why this 3.0 octave MIDI mallet controller has caught the eye of players of all skill levels. But let’s face it,...

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Top 10 Brain-Boosting Foods

As artists, we are constantly striving to find things that will give us an edge and improve our performance. We work on a variety of practice techniques, attend workshops, and read books or articles that will give us insight into the mind of the performing musician....

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Concert Bass Drum Handbook

Here is an overview of things to know about concert bass drums. Whether you are purchasing a new drum, working on an old one, or performing, these are helpful things for all percussionists to know. Depth The depth of any drum will affect the tone, projection, and...

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Stick And Mallet Bag 101

Having trouble figuring out what kind of stick and mallet bag you need? There are so many options out there today it can be overwhelming! When someone asks what kind of bag they should get, there are always a few questions that need to be answered first: Who is going...

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What Size Timpani Heads Do I Need?

Timpani heads are unlike snare drum or tom heads. The head sizes are specific to each manufacturer's make and model. It is important to note most timpani use extended collar heads. This means the head is actually larger than the bowl size. So, how do you find out what...

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