Author Archives: derangeddrums

About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.

Calling All Xylophonists

To be part of this project please email drpetescomposition@gmail.com and I will attach all 13 parts to Xylophilharmonic with the backing track in Mp3 format Continue reading

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2020 Parlour Music

With music students in the UK not able to work in bands and ensembles due to social distancing and closed venues it seemed the right time to compose music for the home ensemble. Not a return to the Victorian parlour … Continue reading

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Coordinate those hands and feet

for percussionists and drummers and those instrumentalists that tap their foot in time to the music Continue reading

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When Blog Turns To Vlog

In these times of isolation an on-line presence is now expected of teachers, musicians, artists… Continue reading

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Be Part of the Band

Out gigging at the weekend and saw this picture from http://www.musiciansunite.com that sums up our community Salsa Band very well. Thank you.

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Music Teaching

Always focus on what the student needs without being influenced by external pressures. The best coaches get their students to believe in themselves. Inspire the students to do more than they think they can. Mistakes and failures are the most … Continue reading

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Beware the free online shop, goodbye Sellfy

When you are composing music and consider the self-publishing route beware the shopping with a regular monthly outlay sites unless you are going to be assured of selling 30 or 40 items of music per month. A brief history: My … Continue reading

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Make jazz jazzier with a flexatone

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DIY Percussion 2

It is interesting to see from the blog statistics that DIY Percussion is a favourite. With this in mind here are some more DIY Percussion tips. Never forget, it is all about the sound. Listen to everything and sometimes you … Continue reading

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Dozens of Duets for… the drum and percussion titles

the standard of both parts are similar throughout to give the option of student with student or student with teacher Continue reading

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