Snare Drum Warm-ups, Technical Routines:

Lee's 5 Minute Warm-up for Snare Drum (.pdf)

My quick daily warm-up on snare drum.

Lee's Stick Control (.pdf)

Based on the first 13 lines of George Lawrence Stone's book. When I have the time, this is how I like to work on my snare drum technique.

Soft Four Stroke Ruff Exercises (.pdf)

Exercises to help develop soft four stroke ruffs on snare drum.



Snare Drum Roll Exercises:

Shifting Roll Meters (.pdf)

Combining triplet and sixteenth note roll meters. Best when practiced three ways: double stroke, triple stroke, and buzz.

Lumpy Rolls (.pdf)

A great way to smooth out your soft snare drum rolls.

Roll Releases (.pdf)

Combining odd roll meter combinations to anticipate roll releases. Also useful for working on short rolls in general.

Snare Drum Excerpt Exercises:

Morello / Scheherazade Chops Routine (.pdf)

An aggressive technical routine which applies well to the fourth movements of both Prokofiev 5 and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Snare Drum Exercises for Scheherazade - Mvt. III (.pdf)

A 20 minute practice routine based on the 3rd movement from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

20 Minute Kije (.pdf)

A 20 minute routine focusing on the soft snare drum excerpt from the first movement of Prokofiev's Lt. Kije.

Alborada Del Gracioso Exercises (.pdf)

Technical exercises for Ravel's Alborada Del Gracioso.

Schuman 3 Snare Drum Exercises (.pdf)

Exercises addressing the snare drum part to William Schuman's Symphony No. 3.




Xylophone Excerpt Exercises:

Porgy and Bess Exercises for Xylophone (.pdf)

Exercises addressing the technical challenges in the opening xylophone excerpt from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

Polka Exercises (.pdf)

Exercises for the Polka from Shostakovich's Golden Age ballet.

Colas Exercises (.pdf)

Xylophone exercises working towards Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon.

Copland Exercises (.pdf)

Technical exercises to help with the xylophone excerpt from Copland's Appalachian Spring.

Schuman 3 Xylophone Exercises (.pdf)

Useful exercises focusing on the technical issues presented in the xylophone part from William Schuman's Symphony No. 3.




Glockenspiel Excerpt Exercises:

Sorcerer's Apprentice Exercises (.pdf)

Glockenspiel exercises and practice techniques for Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Magic Flute Exercises (.pdf)

Exercises for preparing the glockenspiel excerpt from Mozart's Magic Flute.




Crash Cymbal Technical Routine:

Daily Crash Cymbal Routine (.pdf)

My daily routine for crash cymbals when preparing for auditions.




Triangle Routine:

Daily Triangle Routine (.pdf)

A helpful way to integrate triangle playing into your daily practice schedule.




Snare Drum Etudes:

Audition Etude No. 1 for Snare Drum (.pdf)

A snare drum etude for the high school division of the 2008 Massachusetts Day of Percussion Solo Snare Drum Competition.

No. 1 from Fifteen Miniatures for Snare Drum (.pdf)

A short piece based on the fourth movement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, taken from Lee's new snare drum etude book Fifteen Miniatures for Snare Drum, now available from available from Bachovich Music Publications.

No. 7 from Fifteen Miniatures for Snare Drum (.pdf)

A short piece based on the second movement of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, taken from Lee's new snare drum etude book Fifteen Miniatures for Snare Drum, now available from available from Bachovich Music Publications.