Percussion Library

Build your adaptability as a Percussionist by learning the full set of concert percussion instruments in this library. Following the professional step-by-step instruction, intermediate players will learn to enhance your already developing Concert Percussion techniques through the advanced library of video lessons. There’s something for every player in the Percussion Library.

Overview

Few musicians are as adaptable and in-demand as well-rounded Percussionists. Start your Percussion journey off right by learning Concert Snare, Mallets, Auxiliary, and Timpani through the sequential instruction in the Percussion Library. The MusicProfessor instructors will lead you from opening your case for the first time through performing intermediate-level solos and etudes, all at your own pace and on any device.

This video library is perfect for:
  • First-time players ready to get playing
  • Intermediate instrumentalists looking to hone their performance skills
  • All players interested in self-paced, authentic instruction
In this library you’ll learn:
  • Instrument care and proper body position
  • How to hold the instrument and make your first sounds
  • Instrument-specific techniques to enhance your playing
  • Intermediate and advanced techniques and repertoire

Curriculum

Level 1 Snare Drum

By Matthew Cook
  • 0 Lessons
  • Matthew Cook
  • Welcome! Here's where to start.
  • Lesson 1: Intro
  • Lesson 2: Setting Up the Stand and the Drum
  • Lesson 3: Tuning the Drum Head
  • Lesson 4: Tuning the Snares
  • Lesson 5: Snare Drum Playing Position
  • Lesson 6: Snare Drum Grip
  • Lesson 7: Three Basic Strokes
  • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 9: Intro
  • Lesson 10: Exercise - 8ths and 16ths
  • Lesson 11: Exercise - 8ths and 16ths
  • Lesson 12: Exercise - 8ths and 16ths
  • Lesson 13: Exercise - Timing with Accents
  • Lesson 14: Exercise - Timing with Accents
  • Lecture 15: Exercise - Timing with Accents
  • Lesson 16: Exercise - Timing without Accents
  • Lesson 17: Exercise - Timing without Accents
  • Lesson 18: Exercise - Timing without Accents
  • Lesson 19: Exercise - 16ths
  • Lesson 20: Exercise - 16ths
  • Lesson 21: Exercise - 16ths
  • Lesson 22: Exercise - Triplets
  • Lesson 23: Exercise - Triplets
  • Lesson 24: Exercise - Triplets
  • Lesson 25: Metronome and Syncopation
  • Lesson 26: Etude
  • Lesson 27: Etude
  • Lesson 28: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 29: Intro
  • Lesson 30: Using Your Wrist
  • Lesson 31: Clapping Exercises
  • Lesson 32: Exercise - Chop Building
  • Lesson 33: Exercise - Chop Building
  • Lesson 34: Exercise - More Chop Building
  • Lesson 35: Exercise - More Chop Building
  • Lesson 36: Exercise - Doubles and Triples
  • Lesson 37: Rudiment - Paradiddle
  • Lesson 38: Rudiment - Paradiddle-Diddle
  • Lesson 39: Rudiment - Para-Paradiddle
  • Lesson 40: Etude - Paradiddles
  • Lesson 41: Etude - Paradiddles
  • Lesson 42: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 43: Intro - Using Your Arm
  • Lesson 44: Exercise - Stick Control
  • Lesson 45: Exercise - Fast Singles
  • Lesson 46: Exercise - Fast Singles
  • Lesson 47: Exercise - Fast Singles
  • Lesson 48: Exercise - Paradiddle
  • Lesson 49: Exercise - Paradiddle
  • Lesson 50: Rudiment - Flam
  • Lesson 51: Exercise - Flams
  • Lesson 52: Rudiment - Flam Tap
  • Lesson 53: Rudiment - Flam Accent
  • Lesson 54: Etude - Flam Pattern
  • Lesson 55: Etude - Flam Pattern
  • Lesson 56: Troubleshooting

Level 1 Mallet Percussion

By Matthew Cook
  • 57 Lessons
  • Matthew Cook
  • Welcome! Here's where to start.
  • Lesson 1: Intro
  • Lesson 2: Meet the Marimba
  • Lesson 3: A Brief History of the Marimba
  • Lesson 4: Parts of the Marimba
  • Lesson 5: Mallets
  • Lesson 6: Mallet Grip, pt. I
  • Lesson 7: Mallet Grip, pt. II
  • Lesson 8: Dr. C's Tips for Band Directors
  • Lesson 9: Dr. C's Tips for Percussionists
  • Lesson 10: Review
  • Lesson 11: Intro
  • Lesson 12: Grip Review
  • Lesson 13: Mallet Technique
  • Lesson 14: Marimba Playing Position
  • Lesson 15: Marimba Playing Location
  • Lesson 16: Music Theory
  • Lesson 17: Mallet Stroke
  • Lesson 18: Mallet Rebound
  • Lesson 19: Sound
  • Lesson 20: Introduction to Major Scales
  • Lesson 21: Scale C Major
  • Lesson 22: Scale F Major
  • Lesson 23: Scale G Major
  • Lesson 24: Common Pitfalls
  • Lesson 25: Dr. C's Tips for Band Directors
  • Lesson 26: Dr. C's Tips for Percussionists
  • Lesson 27: Review
  • Lesson 28: Intro
  • Lesson 29: Introduction to Scales, pt. II
  • Lesson 30: Mallet Technique Review
  • Lesson 31: Marimba Rolls
  • Lesson 32: Arpeggios
  • Lesson 33: Speed and Consistency
  • Lesson 34: Exercise - Speed and Accuracy
  • Lesson 35: Exercise - Speed and Accuracy
  • Lesson 36: Exercise - Speed and Accuracy
  • Lesson 37: Dr. C's Tips for Band Directors
  • Lesson 38: Dr. C's Tips for Percussionists
  • Lesson 39: Review
  • Lesson 40: Intro
  • Lesson 41: Technique Review
  • Lesson 42: Correct Mallet Sticking
  • Lesson 43: Musicality and Phrasing with Mallets
  • Lesson 44: Exercise - Alternating Patterns
  • Lesson 45: Exercise - Alternating Patterns Continued
  • Lesson 46: Mallet Dynamics
  • Lesson 47: Four Mallet Technique - Left Hand Grip
  • Lesson 48: Four Mallet Technique - Right Hand Grip
  • Lesson 49: Four Mallet Technique - Playing Position
  • Lesson 49.5: Exercise - Double Stops
  • Lesson 50: Exercise - Alternating Four Mallets
  • Lesson 51:The Glockenspiel
  • Lesson 52: The Vibraphone
  • Lesson 53: Mallet Types Explained
  • Lesson 54: What's in Your Stick Bag?
  • Lesson 55: Dr. C's Tips for Band Directors
  • Lesson 56: Dr. C's Tips for Percussionists
  • Lesson 57: Review

Level 1 Auxiliary

By Matthew Cook
  • 116 Lessons
  • Matthew Cook
  • Welcome! Here's where to start.
  • Lesson 1: Intro
  • Lesson 2: Kinds of Cymbals
  • Lesson 3: Cymbal Playing Position
  • Lesson 4: Exercise - Align
  • Lesson 5: Exercise - Crunch
  • Lesson 6: Exercise - Sizzle
  • Lesson 7: Exercise - Pass Through
  • Lesson 8: Exercise - Listen
  • Lesson 9: Tying a Cymbal Knot
  • Lesson 10: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 11: Intro
  • Lesson 12: Short Cymbal Crash
  • Lesson 13: Etude
  • Lesson 14: Soft Cymbal Crash
  • Lesson 15: Suspended Cymbal
  • Lesson 16: Etude
  • Lesson 17: High Hat
  • Lesson 18: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 19: Intro
  • Lesson 20: Bass Drum Playing Position
  • Lesson 21: Bass Drum Stroke
  • Lesson 22: Bass Drum Muffling
  • Lesson 23: Bass Drum Muffling, pt II
  • Lesson 24: Bass Drum Roll
  • Lesson 25: Etude
  • Lesson 26: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 27: Intro
  • Lesson 28: Tambourine Playing Position
  • Lesson 29: Soft Tambourine Playing
  • Lesson 30: Basic Tambourine Strokes
  • Lesson 31: 3 Kinds of Louder - Faster Tambourine Playing
  • Lesson 32: Tambourine Shake Roll
  • Lesson 33: Tambourine Finger Roll
  • Lesson 34: Etude - The Tambourine
  • Lesson 35: Etude - The Tambourine
  • Lesson 36: Triangle Playing Position
  • Lesson 37: Soft Triangle Playing
  • Lesson 38: Muffling the Triangle
  • Lesson 39: Triangle Rolls
  • Lesson 40: Etude - The Triangle
  • Lesson 41: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 42: Intro
  • Lesson 43: Woodblock Playing Position
  • Lesson 44: Etude - The Woodblock
  • Lesson 45: Castanets Playing Position
  • Lesson 46: Castanet Rolls
  • Lesson 47: Etude - The Castanets
  • Lesson 48: What's in Your Stick Bag?

Level 1 Timpani

By Matthew Cook
  • 165 Lessons
  • Matthew Cook
  • Welcome! Here's where to start.
  • Lesson 1:Intro
  • Lesson 2: Timpani Playing Position
  • Lesson 3: Physics of the Drum
  • Lesson 4: Parts of the Timpani
  • Lesson 5: Range
  • Lesson 6: Tuning
  • Lesson 7: Troubleshooting - Pedal Sliding
  • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting - Buzzing
  • Lesson 9: Troubleshooting - Uneven Pitch
  • Lesson 10: Timpani Arrangement
  • Lesson 12: Intro
  • Lesson 13: The Timpani Grip
  • Lesson 14: Basic Stroke
  • Lesson 15: Wrist Exercise Without Mallets
  • Lesson 16: Music Theory
  • Lesson 17: Exercise
  • Lesson 18: Exercise
  • Lesson 19: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 20: Intro
  • Lesson 21: Exercise - Moving Your Hands
  • Lesson 22: Exercise - Moving Your Hands
  • Lesson 23: Exercise - Adding Strokes
  • Lesson 24: Exercise - Adding Strokes
  • Lesson 25: Exercise - Triplets
  • Lesson 26: Exercise - Triplets
  • Lesson 27: Exercise - Adding Triplet Strokes
  • Lesson 28: Exercise - Adding Triplet Strokes
  • Lesson 29: Exercise - Adding Triplet Strokes
  • Lesson 30: Etude - Multiple Drums
  • Lesson 31: Troubleshooting

Instructors

Matthew Cook

Matthew Cook - Matt Cook is a GRAMMY nominated percussionist based in Los Angeles, CA. Matt can be heard around the country performing with intimate chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, and popular music artists. He is involved in projects ranging from experimental classical music to jazz, folk, and international ensembles.As an educator, Matt has been a featured clinician and performer at several universities including Stanford, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Southern California as well as at events hosted by the Percussive Arts Society and the American Composers Jazz Institute. He has experience consulting and designing curriculum for university students and k-12 programs with success securing them scholarships to major conservatories and Honor bands across the country. Recently, he constructed the percussion curriculum for the popular music website MusicProfessor.Through his success with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Matt has earned international recognition as an authority in percussion chamber music. Their 2012 release Rupa-Khanda was nominated for three awards at the for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards including Best Small Group. In addition to this recording, the LAPQ has released an album of the music of David Johnson Quartz City and an EP Ritual Dances - all of which can be found in local record stores. Recent classical engagements have featured Matt with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, PARTCH, wildUP, the California E.A.R. Unit, Sonic Generator, and regional symphony orchestras. Matt has performed in every major experimental music series in Southern California. He has been recorded on the NAXOS, Bridge, Red LetterBox, New World, and Sono Luminus record labels. As a drummer and world percussionist Matt has performed with singers Sarah LaForge, Claudia Vasquez, Anthony Starble, and freelances with several pop/rock outfits. His versatility on drum set and mallet percussion has lead to work with musical theater companies, as well as becoming an asset in the recording industry working on films ranging from independent to major motion pictures like sidelining in Warner Bros. Studios Gangster Squad.A graduate of The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA), Matt currently leads the Percussion Department at Ventura College (Ventura, California) and teaches Music Theory at Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA). Matt is a proud Yamaha Performing Artist and an Innovative, Black Swamp, REMO and Sabian Artist Endorser.