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Christian Dierstein (b.1965), Michel Roth (b.1976), Jens Ruland

The Techniques of Percussion Playing

Mallets, Implements and Applications
Bilingual edition incl. Online-Video

Musical EditionsMusic lesson book, online video
Item no.679994
Author/ComposerChristian Dierstein, Michel Roth, Jens Ruland
Languagesgerman, english
Scope340 pages; 21 × 29 cm
Release year2018
Producer No.BVK 2406


  • Systematic description of sound generation, mallet types and their potential applications
  • Many charts, illustrations and annotated examples from the repertoire
  • Instructive videos with technical explanations, practical tips and sound samples can be downloaded from the Bärenreiter website.

The acclaimed percussionist Christian Dierstein has joined forces with a research group at the Basel Academy of Music to examine the techniques of percussion playing from an innovative perspective. The main focus falls less on the instruments than on their sound producers: beaters, mallets, sticks, bows, specific manual techniques up to and including electronic pulse generators. This book describes all of them in detail and illustrates their range of application in carefully selected and annotated examples from the repertoire.

Many essays by guest authors such as Nicolaus A. Huber, Steven Schick, Fritz Hauser and Bernhard Wulff relate the performance descriptions to ongoing aesthetic debates. They reveal that sound production and interaction with sound-generating objects have moved centre stage in contemporary composition and its expanded concepts of material and performance. The result is a comprehensive reference book for composers and performers that will also serve as a source of inspiration for future innovative approaches in percussion playing.


  • ​Geleitwort von Christoph Caskel / Preface by Christoph Caskel
  • ​I Vorwort / Foreword
  • ​II Methodik und praktische Anwendung / Methodology and User Guidelines
  • ​III Grundlagen / Basic Information:
  • ​Aufbau von Schlägeln / Construction of Mallets
  • ​Grundsätzliche Verwendung und Zugehörigkeit / Basic Use and Affiliation
  • ​IV Spieltechniken und Instrumente / Playing Techniques and Instruments:
  • ​Vorbemerkung / Preliminary Note
  • ​Zweischlägeltechniken / Two-Mallet Techniques
  • ​Mehrschlägeltechniken / Multiple Mallet Techniques
  • ​Fußtechniken / Foot Techniques
  • ​Artikulation und Schlägel / Articulation and Mallets
  • ​Aufbau und Bestandteile der Hauptinstrumentengruppen / Construction and Components of the Main Instrument Groups //
  • ​V Schlägel und andere Anreger / Mallets and Other Implements:
  • ​Hände / Hands
  • ​Elementare Schlägel / Elementary Mallets
  • ​Zusammengesetzte Schlägel / Composite Mallets
  • ​Bezogene Schlägel / Covered Mallets
  • ​Umwickelte Schlägel / Wrapped Mallets
  • ​Hämmer / Hammers
  • ​Ruten / Rutes and Rods
  • ​Besen und Bürsten / Brushes
  • ​Bögen / Bows
  • ​Kombinations- und Multitoneschlägel / Combination and Multitone Mallets
  • ​Instrumente als Anreger / Instruments as Implements
  • ​Fußmaschinen und Pedale / Bass Drum Pedals and Pedals
  • ​Elektrische und elektronische Anreger / Electric and Electronic Implements
  • ​Weitere Anregungsarten / Other Kinds of Excitation
  • ​VI Schlägelpraxis / Mallet Use:
  • ​Grundausstattung / Basic Equipment
  • ​Hinweise zur Schlägelwahl / Comments Regarding Choice of Mallets
  • ​Kombinierbarkeit von Schlägeln / The Possibility to Combine Mallets
  • ​Schlägelwechsel / Mallet Changes
  • ​VII Notation und Aufbauhilfen / Notation and Setup Assistance:
  • ​Notation / Notation
  • ​Aufbauhilfen / Setup Assistance
  • ​VIII Anhang / Appendix:
  • ​Systematik der Schlägelbeschreibungen in Kapitel 5 / System for Describing Mallets in Chapter 5
  • ​Verzeichnis und Inhaltsangabe der Videobeispiele / Index and Synopsis of Video Examples
  • ​Verzeichnis der abgebildeten oder erwähnten Partituren / Index of Scores Displayed or Mentioned in the Book
  • ​Bibliographie / Bibliography
  • ​Über die Autoren / About the Authors
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