quote by Quincy Jones

I got in the school band and the school choir. It all hit me like a ton of bricks, everything just came out. I played percussion for a while, and stayed after school forever just tinkering around with different things, the clarinets and the violins.

— Quincy Jones

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The American drummer is a one-man percussion orchestra.

For me, the most difficult thing is that I am learning melodies on guitar from some songs whose melodies were not meant to be played on guitar. Ever. They were intended mostly for keyboards or melodic percussion.

And, you know, I think the original recording of Ravel's Bolero, probably whoever played percussion on that, will never have It played better than that.

Played percussively, the piano is a bore.

If I go to a concert and someone plays like that I have two choices: go home or go to sleep. The goal is to make the piano sing, sing, sing.

I love the percussion. It's a right brain, left brain thing. There are different beats, but cooperating together. It's your whole body doing it, you're doing the snare drum and the high top with your hands and the bass drum with your foot. You're this whole motion machine.

The possibilities of percussion sounds, I believe, have never been fully realized

Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments.

The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.

I was able to interpret the difference between the sharp, quick sound and the slow, deep sound of percussion and manipulate it, get a third sound out of things, if the beats were rapid enough.

I miss the romance. I keep saying this over and over again, but dance follows music. And if the accent today is percussion and rhythm and loudness, then that is the way the dance numbers will be. But it is pretty hard on romance with seven guitars, three drums, and no melody instruments in the band.

Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit.

I play guitar, piano, bass and percussion.

When I was 12, I happened to see a schoolmate playing percussion, and it looked interesting. I asked for lessons, and it felt right.

When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.

I play a percussion instrument, not a musical saw;

it needs no amplification. Where it's needed, they put a microphone in front of the bass drum. But, I don't think it's necessary to play that way every night.

A large part of my work has been collaborating with composers;

I think we've commissioned about 140 pieces now, a lot of them percussion concertos.

I read and write classical piano and percussion, also guitar.

Percussion is physical, as most instruments are.

The body must function well in order to play the instruments well. Last year I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

I studied classical percussion for ten years.

At one point I was thinking about going to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, but then I realized it's actually not what I wanted to do.

There's always something in most world folk musics that always seems connected;

whether it's a bagpipe or a tambura, there's always some sort of drone instrument, and there's always percussion.

I've figured out what to do with my hands.

.. onstage. I'm a percussion player, so I grab a tambourine as much as I can.

The thing about playing percussion is that you can create all these emotions that can be sometimes beautiful, sometimes really ugly, or sometimes sweet, sometimes as big as King Kong and so on. And so there can be a real riot out there, or it can be so refined.

According to my parents, I just started drumming when I was two.

I traveled with them from five to seven on the road, playing percussion. Between 8 and 12, my dad sort of prepared me by teaching me every aspect of road life.

The rhythm of music is very, very important for people with Parkinson's.

But it's also very important with other sorts of patients, such as patients with Tourette's syndrome. Music helps them bring their impulses and tics under control. There is even a whole percussion orchestra made up exclusively of Tourette's patients.

I love more percussions more than anything. I always wanted to be a drummer.

I've had a lot of fun writing percussion music.

It feels quite similar to writing computer music. But I found myself in the role of choreographer in a way, worrying about physical movement and such.

I played djembe, percussion, keyboards and I sang.

Sometimes a musical imagination is as important as singing itself, you know, the voice, what you do vocally, the vowels. So there's a percussiveness that can sometimes be quite energizing and useful in singing as an expressive device.

And this is our time-keeper, with a passion for percussion

For a million years the sound of making handaxes provided the percussion of everyday life. Anyone choosing a hundred objects to tell a history of the world would have to include a handaxe.

Percussion music is revolution. Sound and rhythm have too long been submissive to the restrictions of nineteenth century music. Today we are fighting for their emancipation. Tomorrow, with electronic music in our ears, we will hear freedom. At the present stage of revolution, a healthy lawlessness is warranted. Experiment must necessarily be carried on by hitting anything-tin pans, rice bowls, iron pipes-anything we can lay our hands on. Not only hitting, but rubbing, scraping, making sound in every possible way...What we can't do ourselves will be done by machines which we will invent.

I think I can only help to expose percussion to all sorts of people.

The balance between the lighter and more serious side is important.

I played in the percussion section 4th grade through high school - snare and timpani mostly.

I've been down there 6 times and there's nothing like Brazilian percussion.

I can't get that live and I don't have the time to take the tape, after I've finished recording it, into a little studio somewhere else where I can get a different kind of percussion sound.

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