This is a blog with the purpose of helping composers write for percussion. Opinions are my own, but I hope you find it helpful! Content will be updated as much as I can.

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This is and always will be a free resource. That being said, these posts require a lot of time and effort, as well as some additional costs that come with editing software and web hosting. Any contributions are greatly appreciated!

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on drum set notation

creating a miscellaneous legend

using single line staffs

on stickings


Mallet Percussion:

on bowed marimba

on bowed vibraphone

on dead strokes

on lateral motion

mallet shaft collisions

pitch bending with a mallet

playing with mallet shafts

prepared vibraphone: tin foil

stacking keyboards

understanding graduated bars

on vibraphone dampening

on vibraphone motors



muting the drums

playing spots on timpani

on tuning pedals

specifying timpani mallets



accounting for stick changes

on bowed cymbal

friction/super ball mallets

on snare throw-offs


Additional Resources

I started this blog after being inspired by the efforts of musicians such as Heather Roche, Anne Lanzilotti, and Andrew Hugill. If you’ve enjoyed this blog, definitely explore their work!

Also, I’m not by any means an expert engraver. If you can, I’d highly recommend purchasing Elaine Gould’s Behind Bars to get the best results on your editing adventures.