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Re: Adding Cymbals for the 1st time
When I had a cymbal line, I put way more emphasis on visual than music. Cymbal parts can be covered far more effectively in the pit in my opinion. I wrote the book with say 6 basic types of crashes and had them practice those. I also put them in front of a mirror and practiced their visuals, starting with just a basic flip up in to playing position then adding more complex one (unloading and reloading). Define how you want everything to look exactly and appoint a section leader. Also I think that with cymbal lines you should teach visuals at the same time as the music not add them later; like I said, I find cymbals much more visually effective than musically. I would also give my cymbal line assignments to watch SCV and Crossmen cymbal lines and learn their some of their visuals, give them ownership!
I had to add a cymbal line this year. This is our first year having them. I know very little about cymbal lines. My kids are frustrated and down. It's going slower than every other section. Harder to memorize music, harder to add visuals along the way etc. I have sought for help but being in the middle of no where Texas doesn't help. I have over 25 kids in percussion and I can't find a balance to run all sectionals or even full rehearsal while still trying to help them.
Has anyone had experience with this. I want to help them, but my lack of knowledge and their lack of experience is hurting them emotionally.
Any advice is great appreciated.