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Old 04-08-2017, 12:18 AM
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Default Talent Show Solo

Hey all!
I'm a HS student, and last August switched to a pretty small school. I haven't found anyone to jam with- it seems like the only instruments people play are classical piano or violin. I want to enter into the talent show, but I'm not totally sure what to do for it. Without a band, most of the drumming I typically do will sound kimd of bland, I think, since I usually just play along to 80s music.
I'm not all that consistent when it comes to stick flips, so I'm not going to try much along that route. I want to do stuff that will seem impressive to non-drummers. Maybe even some cliche "drummer stuff" like a cowbell groove for part of it.
Any thoughts for stuff to include?
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Old 04-08-2017, 01:49 AM
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My boy is thirteen and has played two solo pieces at his school concerts. Both times he's just played the pieces that he's been learning for his drum grading exams and has received standing ovations (not because he's been better than his peers playing more traditional instruments, but because drums are dynamic and exciting by nature).

Here are the two pieces demonstrated by a pro:

A short, coherent piece played well will wow the audience - just pick a piece at the grade you're at.
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:04 AM
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If you are doing a drum solo, play the drums and leave the stick tricks to the kid that is a juggler. Nothing will make a decent drum solo look worse than a dropped stick. Also play something withing your skill level and play it well rather than try to impress with something you aren't quite ready for and mess it up. Good luck.
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Old 04-10-2017, 02:00 AM
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Thanks for the advice!
Any suggestions on specific things to do?
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Old 04-10-2017, 02:52 AM
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What I did for my talent show was I played YYZ but if you're in the mood for it, you can include the Exit...Stage Left solo if you want but I don't really know how much of a Rush fan you are but just a recommendation.
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Old 04-10-2017, 02:59 AM
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I don't know what your skill level is but I would suggest putting in something that makes the audience clap along like doing quarter notes on the bass drum a bit and then adding some rhythms with the hands on top. Doesn't have to be super complicated to be entertaining.

Good luck!
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