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Gopher Launch (Drum-set)

Gopher Launch (Drum-set)

The "Head Start" Collection consists of 9 easy drum-set solos written for beginning students. Each of the solos is about a page long and introduces a few new concepts in each.


Check out the "Drum-Set" page on the website to find the full book, which includes detailed descriptions of each solo, a "Teachers and Students" section tailored towards using the solos in a lesson context, a notation legend, musical glossary, and style example guide. The total cost of the book is less than purchasing each of the solos individually as well!


The "Head Start" Collection includes:

2 Beat Trek

There's a Cat in My Boot!

Low and Slow

Joy Ride

1, 2, 4...4!

Hit Open. Hit Closed. Case Closed.

The Former and the Ladder

Gopher Launch

Alternating Current


From this solo's program notes:

Feel the intensity pickup with the cross sticking pattern growing more persistent. Playfully called "chopping wood," I imagined a horde of gophers using an unorthodox technique for destroying a dam by catapulting wood the rival beavers had chopped and left piled up around their burrows. The building intensity represents the fear of the beavers discovering their plan, so the chopping sound becomes more insistent. Over the course of the solo, the same basic framework is used, but the details in each variation give it interest and work on specific musical skills.


New skills include:

Playing using the cross-stick technique. Recognizing "cresc." as an abbreviation of crescendo, spanning a larger distance.


Difficulty: Grade 1


Length: 1 minute


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