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Percussion Semester Exam Review



True/False
Indicate whether the statement is true or false.
 

 1. 

When playing a stroke on the suspended cymbal, you should use a stroke that's similar to other percussion instruments (timpani or keyboard).
 

 2. 

When playing a roll, the position of the mallet heads should be close together at the edge.
 

 3. 

Learning to sing intervals is an important skill to master when tuning multiple timpani from a single reference pitch.
 

 4. 

It is possible to achieve all of the necessary tonal colors and articulations on the timpani with just one pair of mallets.
 

 5. 

The best way to muffle a suspended cymbal is by grabbing it with your hand.
 

 6. 

If the timpani have tuning gauges, it is not necessary to learn to tune by listening and singing pitches.
 

 7. 

It is important to have the felts, sleeve and screw when playing a suspended cymbal on a cymbal stand.
 

 8. 

It is never a good idea to clean or polish a concert suspended cymbal.
 

 9. 

You should have an assortment of triangle beaters in various sizes.
 

 10. 

In general, the tambourine should be held at just below eye level.
 

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 11. 

A drummer’s main job is to ____________________.
a.
keep solid time
c.
play fast
b.
play as loud as possible
d.
play slow
 

 12. 

Barlines are used to divide the staff into ______________.
a.
measures or bars
c.
8th notes and quarter notes
b.
rhythms or beats
d.
scales
 

 13. 

What is the PROPER playing position for a performer on the concert bass drum?
a.
The drum should be horizontal to the floor
c.
The music stand should be at forehead level
b.
The drum should be straight up and down (vertical) or at a slight angle
d.
The player should be standing beside the instrument
 

 14. 

Which bar has the flats in the correct order?
     1                      2                     3                    4
mc014-1.jpg
a.
1
c.
3
b.
2
d.
4
 

 15. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc015-1.jpg
a.
5 stroke roll
c.
flam
b.
flam tap
d.
drag
 

 16. 

A roll so closed that individual tones blend into a continuous tone.
a.
paradiddle
c.
open stroke
b.
buzz
d.
single stroke
 

 17. 

What is the best type of cymbal strap for concert playing?
a.
Leather cymbal straps with a cymbal pad
c.
A nylon rope is best because it is readily available at most hardware stores
b.
Leather cymbal straps without a cymbal pad
d.
Wooden cymbal holders are the most durable
 

 18. 

Name the key or scale that matches the key signature shown.
mc018-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
D
b.
E
d.
G
 

 19. 

Melodies are combinations of __________________.
a.
flats and sharps
c.
lines and spaces
b.
skips amd steps
d.
rests
 

 20. 

Prescribed sticking of traditional snare drum rhythmic figures are referred to as a
a.
rudiment
c.
fermata
b.
measure
d.
roll
 

 21. 

Name the key or scale that matches the key signature shown.
mc021-1.jpg
a.
Bb
c.
F
b.
Eb
d.
C
 

 22. 

What type of roll should you use on a concert bass drum?
a.
Single stroke roll
c.
Muliple bounce roll
b.
Double storke roll
d.
Buzz roll
 

 23. 

Which describes how to properly hold and play the triangle?
a.
Form a "C" with your thumb and middle finger and rest the clamp on those two fingers, with the index finger on top to make the clamp more secure
c.
Touch the triangle with any of your fingers while playing
b.
If you are a right handed player, the opening of the triangle should also be on your right
d.
The proper beating area is exactly in the center of the bottom of the triangle
 

 24. 

The top head of your drum should be
a.
parallel to your back
c.
3-4 inches below your belly button
b.
waxed often
d.
vertical
 

 25. 

Which is the best way to play a long, loud roll on the tambourine?
a.
Using a shake roll
c.
Using a thumb roll
b.
Using single strokes with mallets
d.
Multiple bounce roll with sticks
 

 26. 

Which bar has the sharps in the correct order?
      1                     2                   3                 4
mc026-1.jpg
a.
1
c.
3
b.
2
d.
4
 

 27. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc027-1.jpg
a.
7 stroke roll
c.
double stroke roll
b.
5 stroke roll
d.
9 stroke roll
 

 28. 

mc028-1.jpg
The circled part of the drum stick is called the _____________.
a.
tip
c.
shaft
b.
shoulder
d.
butt
 

 29. 

When playing mixed meter the _____________________.
a.
tempo gets faster
c.
music gets softer
b.
pulse remains constant
d.
tempo gets slower
 

 30. 

What note is a whole step above the note shown?
mc030-1.jpg
a.
C
c.
A
b.
C#
d.
Bb
 

 31. 

One half note is equal to how many 16th notes?
a.
eight
c.
twelve
b.
sixteen
d.
four
 

 32. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc032-1.jpg
a.
5 stroke roll
c.
ratamacue
b.
flam
d.
paradiddle
 

 33. 

Two-note chords played on mallet instruments are called
a.
double stops
c.
rolls
b.
triads
d.
scales
 

 34. 

A staff consists of __________________.
a.
five spaces and four lines
c.
a band director and percussion instructor
b.
five lines and four spaces
d.
three spaces and four lines
 

 35. 

What type of mallets should you use for most general concert bass drum passages?
a.
Marching bass mallets provide the best articulation
c.
A large soft felt beater with a weighted head produces the best overall tone quality
b.
Timpani mallets should be used for rolls
d.
Beaters with a small head are best for younger players
 

 36. 

Which is a true statement about how to produce a characteristic crescendo roll on a suspended cymbal?
a.
Always start close to the bell then move your hands colser to the edge as you get louder
c.
Start the rolls with a slow hand motion and increase the speed as you get louder
b.
Rolls require a good sounding multiple bounce when played with sticks
d.
If only one mallet is available, play repeated strokes with one hand as fast as possible
 

 37. 

Why is a marching bass drum NOT a good substitute for a concert bass drum?
a.
A typical marching bass drum is tuned too high
c.
It is too muffled and will not create a sustained sound
b.
The shell is not wide enough to produce a dark sound
d.
All of the above
 

 38. 

What is the best general beating area on the concert bass drum?
a.
Just off center of the head
c.
1”-2” from the edge
b.
Directly in the center of the head
d.
3”-4” from the edge
 

 39. 

Which type of tambourine is NOT recommended in a concert setting?
a.
A tambourine with a wood shell
c.
A tambourine without a head
b.
A tambourine with a calfskin head
d.
A tambourine with 1 row of jingles
 

 40. 

     
A rim shot is produced when the stick contacts the head of a drum and the
a.
tension rod
c.
cymbal
b.
rim
d.
shell
 

 41. 

On a snare drum, duration is accomplished with _____________.
a.
breathing slowly
c.
a roll
b.
fast strokes
d.
larger sticks
 

 42. 

E-G-B-D-F are the names of the lines for which clef?
a.
mc042-1.jpg
c.
mc042-3.jpg
b.
mc042-2.jpg
d.
mc042-4.jpg
 

 43. 

When selecting a triangle, which characteristic is most important?
a.
The silver should be hightly polished for the most projection
c.
You should be able to hear a distinct pitch
b.
The tone should be direct and pure
d.
There should be a wide range of overtones, no distict pitch
 

 44. 

Which method of holding the tambourine produces a "wet" sound?
a.
Holding the tambourine horizontally to the floor
c.
Suspending a tambourine on a cymbal stand
b.
Placing the tambourine on a table
d.
Holding the tambourine perpendicular to the floor
 

 45. 

Notes that move in half steps are called
a.
scales
c.
naturals
b.
chromatic
d.
chords
 

 46. 

When playing a bright cymbal crash that has a strong impact, which part of a stick should you use?
a.
Play with the tip of the stick at the edge of the cymbal
c.
Play with the butt end of the stick at the edge
b.
Play with the shoulder of the stick across the cymbal
d.
Play with the tip of the stick close to the bell
 

 47. 

A symbol placed at the beginning of a line of music that establishes the letter names of the lines and spaces
a.
clef
c.
time signature
b.
barline
d.
key signature
 

 48. 

Which example has a crescendo notated?
mc048-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
C
b.
B
d.
D
 

 49. 

What is the best grip to use when holding the concert crash cymbals?
a.
Hold the strap between the thumb and index finger, like a snare drum grip
c.
Hold the cymbals with a tight fist
b.
First place your hand through the strap, then grip it like a snare drum grip
d.
Grip the strap between the thumb and index finger, at least 2" from the cymbal so that your fingers do not touch the cymbal
 

 50. 

This term means to gradually speed up the tempo
a.
ritardando
c.
crescendo
b.
accelerando
d.
diminuendo
 

 51. 

Why is a timpani mallet not always the best choice for striking a suspended cymbal?
a.
A general timpani mallet isn’t heavy enough to activate the whole cymbal
c.
The cymbal will cause eccessive wear on the soft felt
b.
The core is generally too soft to provide a defined attack
d.
The shaft is too thin and might break on a loud cymbal roll
 

 52. 

The most important skill for a mallet player is _____________________________.
a.
learning to text whie playing
c.
playing louder than the clarinets
b.
choosing the appropriate mallets
d.
reading music off the page
 

 53. 

How far you should stand from your drum is ________________________.
a.
dictated by the length of your forearm
c.
dictated by the length of your sticks
b.
not important
d.
12-18 inches
 

 54. 

A half note in common (4/4) time receives
a.
1/2 of a beat
c.
one beat
b.
1/4 of a beat
d.
two beats
 

 55. 

Which is a proper way to set up the timpani?
a.
The drums should be positioned so that you can easily reach the proper beating areas while pivoting in a circle
c.
The marching tenor setup is best because it allows the marching percussionists to easily transition from the field to the concert hall
b.
Position the drums so that the low and the high drum are as close together as possible. This will help when moving quickly from drum to drum
d.
Always set up the drums in a straight line from top to bottom
 

 56. 

What is an acceptable place to set the cymbals while you're not playing?
a.
On a wooden or tile floor
c.
A concert cymbal cradle
b.
On a music stand with a towel draped over it
d.
On a covered timpani or keyboard instrument
 

 57. 

The smallest distance between two notes is called a _________________.
a.
skip
c.
half step
b.
whole step
d.
chromatic
 

 58. 

Five lines and four spaces upon which music is written is called a
a.
measure
c.
tempo
b.
time signature
d.
staff
 

 59. 

Which example has moderately loud notation?
mc059-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
C
b.
B
d.
D
 

 60. 

Which example is a major scale?
mc060-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
C
b.
B
d.
D
 

 61. 

Which of these is NOT a good option for muffling a concert bass drum?
a.
Muffle by placing your left hand on the resonant head
c.
Muffle with your right knee against the batter head
b.
Muffle by taping a towel or handkerchief on the resonant head
d.
Muffle by laying a small portion of a towel on the batter head
 

 62. 

mc062-1.jpgis a __________ clef.
a.
treble
c.
alto
b.
bass
d.
tenor
 

 63. 

A flat sign before a note ____________________.
a.
raises its pitch a half step
c.
means to play the note louder
b.
means to inflate a note
d.
lowers its pitch a half step
 

 64. 

There are _____ quarter notes in a 3/4 measure.
a.
one
c.
three
b.
two
d.
four
 

 65. 

What is a good general size for a pair of crash cymbals?
a.
26 inches
c.
22 inches
b.
18 inches``
d.
14 inches
 

 66. 

A 5/4 bar would contain __________________.
a.
two quarter notes and one quarter rest
c.
only quarter notes
b.
two whole notes
d.
two half notes and one quarter rest
 

 67. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc067-1.jpg
a.
5 stroke roll
c.
9 stroke roll
b.
7 stroke roll
d.
11 stroke roll
 

 68. 

If the notes move up on the staff, you will ____________________
a.
move your mallets to the right
c.
need a ladder
b.
move your mallets to the left
d.
need to lower your music stand
 

 69. 

What is the pattern of whole (W) and half (H) steps in a major scale?
mc069-1.jpg
a.
W-H-W-W-W-H-W
c.
W-W-H-W-W-W-H
b.
W-W-W-H-W-W-H
d.
W-W-H-W-H-W-H
 

 70. 

Each black key has ______ names.
a.
two
c.
four
b.
three
d.
five
 

 71. 

The black keys are grouped: ____________
a.
in threes
c.
in twos and threes
b.
two, three, three, two, three, four
d.
by height
 

 72. 

Which type of roll should you use on timpani?
a.
Single alternating stroke roll
c.
Double stroke roll
b.
Multiple bounce roll
d.
One handed roll
 

 73. 

What scale would you use to play this melody?
mc073-1.jpg
a.
Eb major
c.
Bb major
b.
G major
d.
A minor
 

 74. 

This term means to dampen cymbals quickly
a.
choke
c.
drop
b.
grab
d.
stroke
 

 75. 

How is the volume of cymbal crashes controlled?
a.
Loud crashes require that you start with the cymbals far apart
c.
The volume is determined by the distance of the follow-through
b.
The volume is determined by how fast the cymbals come together
d.
Start with the cymbals at least 48" apart, then control the volume with the speed of the cymbals coming together
 

 76. 

The interval from C to D is called a _________________.
a.
skip
c.
half step
b.
whole step
d.
chromatic
 

 77. 

In 4/4 time a whole note receives ______________.
a.
two beats
c.
four rests
b.
nothing and likes it
d.
four beats
 

 78. 

The action of fingers, hand and arm, and stick, beater, or mallet to produce sound on percussion instruments is called a
a.
accent
c.
pulse
b.
stroke
d.
rudiment
 

 79. 

Which of these statements about playing the tambourine is NOT true?
a.
To play extremely soft, play at the edge with 1 or 2 fingers
c.
To muffle the sound of the tambourine, rest the back of the hand on the head and play with the fingers
b.
Avoid playing with your fist as it might break the head of the tambourine 
d.
To create a very loud "pop", use the entire palm of the hand in the center of the head
 

 80. 

What is the best position to place your mallets on the drumhead for bass drum rolls?
a.
In the center of the drum
c.
Halfway between the edge and center
b.
Just off center
d.
1” - 4” from the edge
 

 81. 

F-A-C-E are the names of the spaces for which clef?
a.
mc081-1.jpg
c.
mc081-3.jpg
b.
mc081-2.jpg
d.
mc081-4.jpg
 

 82. 

For articulate notes (such as in typical marches), how should you muffle the concert bass drum?
a.
Tape a piece of felt or towel to both heads
c.
Put a pillow inside the drum
b.
Press the mallet into the head on each stroke
d.
Rest the right knee on the batter head and left hand on the resonant head
 

 83. 

Which example is counted correctly?
mc083-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
C
b.
B
d.
D
 

 84. 

mc084-1.jpg
The circled part of the drum stick is called the _____________.
a.
tip
c.
shaft
b.
shoulder
d.
butt
 

 85. 

When playing timpani, how do you determine which hand to "lead" with when moving from one drum to another?
a.
Always start with the right hand and play a double sticking as needed to move lower
c.
Lead with the hand that is opposite of the direction that you're moving
b.
Lead with the hand that is in the direction that you're moving
d.
Start with the left hand because it is the weakest for right handed players
 

 86. 

Which is a good use of Dreadlocks on the suspended cymbal?
a.
To produce a suspended cymbal roll
c.
It is a perfect all around beater for a suspended cymbal
b.
As a substitute for a brush when a wire brush isn’t loud enough
d.
As a substitute for a nylon stick
 

 87. 

The space between two notes is called a(n)
a.
arpeggio
c.
chord
b.
interval
d.
scale
 

 88. 

What is a typical size for a concert triangle?
a.
2”-12”
c.
10”-12”
b.
6”-9”
d.
5”
 

 89. 

In 4/4 time a quarter note receives ________________.
a.
two beats
c.
one beat
b.
a compliment from the band director
d.
four beats
 

 90. 

Which are the most common sizes of timpani?
a.
32" - 30" - 28" - 26"
c.
30" - 27" - 24" - 21"
b.
32" - 29" - 26" - 23"
d.
32" - 28" - 24" - 21"
 

 91. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc091-1.jpg
a.
flam tap
c.
flam
b.
drag
d.
5 stroke roll
 

 92. 

A-C-E-G are the names of the spaces for which clef?
a.
mc092-1.jpg
c.
mc092-3.jpg
b.
mc092-2.jpg
d.
mc092-4.jpg
 

 93. 

G-B-D-F-A are the names of the lines for which clef?
a.
mc093-1.jpg
c.
mc093-3.jpg
b.
mc093-2.jpg
d.
mc093-4.jpg
 

 94. 

Which is NOT a true statement about the triangle?
a.
A clamp is not necessary if you are only going to hold the triangle
c.
Keep the suspension cord short
b.
Use 2 loops on the line suspending the triangle
d.
Use a clamp that has 2 holes to suspend the triangle
 

 95. 

What is a typical size for a concert tambourine?
a.
12”
c.
8”
b.
10”
d.
14”
 

 96. 

What note is a half step above the note shown?
mc096-1.jpg
a.
Eb
c.
F#
b.
F
d.
G
 

 97. 

The black keys can be called ________________.
a.
F A C E fills the space
c.
the F scale
b.
flats or sharps
d.
the loud notes
 

 98. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc098-1.jpg
a.
drag
c.
7 stroke roll
b.
5 stroke roll
d.
flam
 

 99. 

The tip of the stick should always move ____________________.
a.
slightly left to right
c.
straight up and down
b.
in and out
d.
toward the rim of the drum
 

 100. 

Name the key or scale that matches the key signature shown.
mc100-1.jpg
a.
Eb
c.
F
b.
Bb
d.
D
 



 
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