The Best Time To Give Unsolicited Critique Is...

For some people, it’s the hardest concept to grasp.

They see a drumming video and feel compelled to “help” by giving their 2 cents about their playing, their technique or the first left diddle that came in early.

They’ll say this to a complete fkking stranger!!!

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Karl Arrieta
Drum Instructors Are LIARS When They Say This...

I really don’t think that concept hit me until I started teaching. I didn’t even know I was doing it until one day, one of my Student’s said, “So, is this really going to be the last time?”

At first I’m like, “what do you mean? Of course it is…”

Then I realized, oh yea, when I say “last time,” I end up asking the Drumline to do a few more reps after that.

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Karl Arrieta
What Is The REAL Importance Of Competition?

As a young performer, I loved going to competitions and competing against other groups.

As an instructor, I loved teaching Drumlines and taking them to competitions to compete against other groups.

I probably loved it even more when we won or got some nice placements and numbers ;)

But is that the REAL value of competitions?

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Karl Arrieta
The REAL Reason Why You Don't Want To Practice

Some days, you think about how you are so destined to have chops for days, marching your dream Drum Corps and becoming the greatest marching percussionist who ever lived!

Then there are days where you don’t give AF at all and don’t even want to touch your drum sticks.

What gives?

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Karl Arrieta
How The 1996 Blue Devils Changed My Life

I credit the summer of 1996 as the time when I decided to really take marching percussion seriously.

I mean, during my first few years in Band and Drumline, I thought it was pretty fun and I wanted to be good of course.

But when I went to my first Drum Corps Show at Cal State Fullerton and saw the Blue Knights rehearsing, I was amazed at the precision and high execution that was possible at the highest levels of the marching arts.

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Karl Arrieta
Remembering Minor Corps

As many Corps are releasing teaser trailers to their themes this year, it’s easy to get caught up in the Bluecoats, the Cavaliers, or even the Blue Devils. But take a second, open that YouTube app and look at some different Corps.

The lesser known ones.

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Karl Arrieta