All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck … a collection of hand drum ensembles
Publisher: C. Alan Publications (2018)
Composed: 2017
Duration: varies
Difficulty: Medium-Easy to Medium

Featuring nine pieces – three duets, three trios, & three quartets – each playable on cajons, congas, djembes, or any combination of the three, All Hands on Deck is a flexible collection of hand drum ensembles that is ideal for many different contexts and applications. Double, triple, or quadruple parts for larger ensembles, or utilize with a small group of students in a private studio or school ensemble breakout situation to introduce basic hand drum techniques and sounds in an ensemble setting. A full page of short exercises, performance/program notes for each piece, a notation guide, and a detailed explanation of the strokes/sounds is included and will provide a solid foundation to effectively study and perform each of these pedagogical and engaging ensemble compositions.

… these pieces provide a concert application for basic hand drum techniques … the most vital aspect of the collection is the flexibility with which the pieces can be combined and performed … hopefully spark a continued interest in hand drumming in younger students. – Jason Baker
Printed by permission of the Percussive Arts Society, inc.

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