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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on drum set notation

creating a miscellaneous legend

using single line staffs


Mallet Percussion:

on bowed marimba

on bowed vibraphone

on dead strokes

on lateral motion

pitch bending with a mallet

playing with mallet shafts

prepared vibraphone: tin foil

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

friction/super ball mallets

on snare throw-offs


This is and always will be a free resource. That being said, creating (and revising) these posts takes up quite a bit of time, so any contributions are appreciated.

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Patreon coming soon; I want all of the rewards to be ready before launching!


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.