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Percussion Semester Exam Review Spring 2018



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

 1. 

Which example is a major scale?
mc001-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
C
b.
B
d.
D
 

 2. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc002-1.jpg
a.
paradiddle
c.
flam tap
b.
5 stroke
d.
ratamacue
 

 3. 

Which is an important fundamental for the rebound stroke?
a.
The stick should travel straight up and down
c.
The back fingers will squeeze the stick into the palm on each stroke
b.
Always stop the stick close to the drum immediately after the impact
d.
The right hand stroke should be louder
 

 4. 

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

 5. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc005-1.jpg
a.
drag
c.
7 stroke roll
b.
5 stroke roll
d.
flam
 

 6. 

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
 

 7. 

Why is it important to have a specially designed head for the snare side (bottom) of the concert snare?
a.
A snare head is very thin, which allows the drum to resonate freely
c.
Snare side heads are always clear, which allow you to see inside the drum
b.
For the best durability, a clear tom head works best on the snare bottom
d.
Use the same head on the bottom as the top of the drum
 

 8. 

What is a good maintenance routine that should be performed on a concert snare?
a.
Replace the heads only when they are broken
c.
Never tighten the basket of the snare stand against the snare because it will inhibit the natural resonance of the drum
b.
Replace the snares if they are bent or do not seat evenly against the head
d.
Paint the drum at least once a year
 

 9. 

     
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
 

 10. 

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

 11. 

How can you accurately determine how long a cymbal crash should be allowed to sustain?
a.
The composer will always notate the proper length of a cymbal crash
c.
All crashes should be muffled immediately
b.
Listen to the other instruments in the ensemble to determine the length of the sustain
d.
All crashes should be allowed a full sustain
 

 12. 

Which is the best playing position for the chimes, music stand and the performer in an ensemble?
a.
Always face the chimes towards the audience
c.
The music stand should be at just below eye level and as close as possible to the chimes
b.
You should look through the bars of the chimes to see the conductor
d.
Always face the chimes backward so the audience can see the bars you are striking
 

 13. 

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
 

 14. 

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

 15. 

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

 16. 

Which bar has the flats in the correct order?
     1                      2                     3                    4
mc016-1.jpg
a.
1
c.
3
b.
2
d.
4
 

 17. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc017-1.jpg
a.
7 stroke roll
c.
double stroke roll
b.
5 stroke roll
d.
9 stroke roll
 

 18. 

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

 19. 

When moving up and down the keys on large instruments, what is the best way to position your body?
a.
Position yourself in the center of the range of notes you'll be playing and lean to one side or the other
c.
Position yourself in the center of the instrument and turn your upper body left or right to access the higher or lower octaves
b.
Always stay in the center with your upper body and reach with your arms to the upper or lower notes
d.
Always stand with your feet close together
 

 20. 

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
 

 21. 

What is a common problem with developing a good double bounce roll?
a.
Playing with two strokes per hand instead of playing one stroke and a bounce
c.
Not gripping the sticks tight enough
b.
Being able to play consistent double bounces on each hand
d.
Not playing at a soft dynamic level
 

 22. 

An arrangement of notes fitting a specific pattern is called a(n)
a.
double stop
c.
note
b.
rimshot
d.
scale
 

 23. 

Why is it important to "seat" the drum head before you begin tuning a drum?
a.
Seating the head ensures that it is in contact evenly with the bearing edge all the way around the drum
c.
Using your full weight to press on the head will stretch it - making it easier to tune
b.
Seating the head is not important
d.
It is only necessary to seat the bottom heads
 

 24. 

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

 25. 

Which example has moderately loud notation?
mc025-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
C
b.
B
d.
D
 

 26. 

Which of the options will NEGATIVELY affect the sound of the concert snare?
a.
Playing with a marching snare stick
c.
Playing with any muffling on the drum
b.
Playing on a beating area that is off center of the head
d.
Playing over the snare strainer
 

 27. 

Which is an INCORRECT statement regarding ruffs?
a.
The ruff can be played with either multiple or double bounces.
c.
Double bounce ruffs (also called "open" or "rudimental" ruffs) are played in rudimental style music.
b.
The grace notes on a ruff should always be played as close to the primary stroke as possible.
d.
When playing ruffs with 3 or more grace notes, each ornament note should be heard.
 

 28. 

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
 

 29. 

What is NOT a good checkpoint for the proper snare drum playing position?
a.
The snare strainer should run directly in front of you rather than side to side
c.
The player should have both feet flat on the floor
b.
The arms should be exactly horizontal to the floor
d.
The arms should be just below parallel to the floor
 

 30. 

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

 31. 

Which example is counted correctly?
mc031-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
C
b.
B
d.
D
 

 32. 

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

 33. 

F-A-C-E are the names of the spaces for which clef?
a.
mc033-1.jpg
c.
mc033-3.jpg
b.
mc033-2.jpg
d.
mc033-4.jpg
 

 34. 

Which is NOT an important fundamental technique to master when playing flams?
a.
Keep the grace note low to the drum
c.
Always strike both the grace note and primary stroke at the same time
b.
Play the primary stroke louder than the grace note
d.
On alternating flams, the grace note of the first will lift to the up position
 

 35. 

E-G-B-D-F are the names of the lines for which clef?
a.
mc035-1.jpg
c.
mc035-3.jpg
b.
mc035-2.jpg
d.
mc035-4.jpg
 

 36. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc036-1.jpg
a.
5 stroke roll
c.
9 stroke roll
b.
7 stroke roll
d.
11 stroke roll
 

 37. 

Which are acceptable ways of muffling notes on the vibraphone?
a.
By using the pedal
c.
By leaning up against the keys and muffling with your clothing
b.
By using the palm of your hand
d.
By pushing the mallet into the bar on each stroke
 

 38. 

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

 39. 

What note is a whole step above the note shown?
mc039-1.jpg
a.
C
c.
A
b.
C#
d.
Bb
 

 40. 

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

 41. 

Name the key or scale that matches the key signature shown.
mc041-1.jpg
a.
Eb
c.
F
b.
Bb
d.
D
 

 42. 

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
 

 43. 

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
 

 44. 

Which type of mallet will NOT produce a characteristic sound for most vibraphone playing?
a.
A mallet wrapped in cord
c.
A mallet with rattan shafts
b.
A mallet with a hard plastic head
d.
A cord wrapped mallet that produces a bright or brilliant sound
 

 45. 

A vertical line across the staff is called a _____________.
a.
repeat sign
c.
tuba insert
b.
barline
d.
divider
 

 46. 

The accidentals (black keys) on keyboard instruments are grouped: ____________
a.
in threes
c.
in twos and threes
b.
two, three, three, two, three, four
d.
by height
 

 47. 

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

 48. 

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
 

 49. 

What note is a half step above the note shown?
mc049-1.jpg
a.
Eb
c.
F#
b.
F
d.
G
 

 50. 

What type of rolls are used on keyboard percussion instruments?
a.
Multiple bounce rolls
c.
Single alternating stroke rolls
b.
Double stroke rolls
d.
Rolls are always 32nd note subdivisions
 

 51. 

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

 52. 

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

 53. 

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

 54. 

What is a typical shell depth for a concert snare drum?
a.
2”- 3”
c.
8”- 12”
b.
5”- 6”
d.
3” - 12”
 

 55. 

What kind of batter head produces a characteristic sound for a concert snare drum?
a.
Kevlar is best because it is most durable
c.
A clear pinstripe head
b.
A head with a reinforcement dot
d.
A head without a reinforcement dot
 

 56. 

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
 

 57. 

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

 58. 

Combinations of various durations of sound and silence produce
a.
scales
c.
triads
b.
rhythm
d.
rests
 

 59. 

A-C-E-G are the names of the spaces for which clef?
a.
mc059-1.jpg
c.
mc059-3.jpg
b.
mc059-2.jpg
d.
mc059-4.jpg
 

 60. 

What is the pattern of whole (W) and half (H) steps in a major scale?
mc060-1.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
 

 61. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc061-1.jpg
a.
5 stroke roll
c.
ratamacue
b.
flam
d.
paradiddle
 

 62. 

What is the best place on the bar to play most keyboard percussion instruments?
a.
Directly above the string
c.
On the nodal point above the string
b.
In the center of the bar or on the edge of the bar
d.
On the outside edge of the bar
 

 63. 

What scale would you use to play this melody?
mc063-1.jpg
a.
Eb major
c.
Bb major
b.
G major
d.
A minor
 

 64. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc064-1.jpg
a.
5 stroke roll
c.
paradiddle
b.
ratamacue
d.
flam accent
 

 65. 

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

 66. 

Name the key or scale that matches the key signature shown.
mc066-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
D
b.
E
d.
G
 

 67. 

When deciding on which sticking to use on a particular keyboard passage, which are good considerations?
a.
Always alternate your sticking, no matter what
c.
Determine where double stickings will eliminate awkwardness and use them sparingly
b.
Avoid left hand double stickings because they will be weaker sounding than double rights
d.
Use as many double or triple stickings as possible as it will ensure the best note accuracy
 

 68. 

What is NOT one of the advantages to using the "lead hand" sticking method?
a.
It helps rhythmic stability when sticking is consistent
c.
It helps strengthen the wrist
b.
It helps develop the weaker hand quickly
d.
Lead hand sticking is required when playing in a marching percussion section
 

 69. 

     
Steady recurring units of time are called
a.
tempo
c.
time signature
b.
beats
d.
bar lines
 

 70. 

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

 71. 

If a bar on a glockenspiel does not produce a long, sustaining sound, what is a likely problem that needs to be fixed?
a.
The bar probably is dirty and needs to be cleaned
c.
The mounting screw is likely bent or tightened too much and needs adjustment
b.
The bar needs to be removed and sent in for tuning
d.
You are probably using the wrong mallet to strike the bar
 

 72. 

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
 

 73. 

Which example has a crescendo notated?
mc073-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
C
b.
B
d.
D
 

 74. 

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

 75. 

Identify the rudiment in the following example:
mc075-1.jpg
a.
flam tap
c.
flam
b.
drag
d.
5 stroke roll
 

 76. 

Which bar has the sharps in the correct order?
      1                     2                   3                 4
mc076-1.jpg
a.
1
c.
3
b.
2
d.
4
 

 77. 

mc077-1.jpg
The circled part of the drum stick is called the _____________.
a.
tip
c.
shaft
b.
shoulder
d.
butt
 

 78. 

Why is it important to have a specially designed head for the snare side (bottom) of the concert snare?
a.
A snare head is very thin, which allows the drum to resonate freely
c.
Snare side heads are always clear, which allow you to see inside the drum
b.
For the best durability, a clear tom head works best on the snare bottom
d.
Any type of head will work fine on the bottom
 

 79. 

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
 

 80. 

Why is it important to have a wide selection of mallets for each keyboard instrument?
a.
So that you can produce a wide variety of tonal colors
c.
To keep Bandland in business
b.
So that you can use the same set of mallets when moving from one instrument to another
d.
Only two mallets are needed in your stick bag. One hard and one soft.
 

 81. 

Which example has a fermata?
mc081-1.jpg
a.
A
c.
C
b.
B
d.
D
 

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

 82. 

When gripping the mallets, the shaft of the mallet should be allowed to move freely between the palm of the hand and the fingers.
 

 83. 

When playing soft or half-height flams, the grace note should be played softer than on loud or full-height flams.
 

 84. 

One advantage of the "natural" or alternating sticking method is that it immediately applies to all other percussion instruments.
 

 85. 

When playing on the accidentals of the bells, the best general playing area is the very edge closest to the naturals.
 

 86. 

When adjusting the tension on the snare strainer, you should tighten until you have a crisp sound at a LOW dynamic level.
 

 87. 

You should never use a brass or aluminum mallet on the bells because it will damage the instrument.
 

 88. 

When playing quarter note rolls that are not tied to a release note, you will play 5 stroke rolls.
 

 89. 

When restringing the bars on the keyboard, a coated cable works best because it is the most durable.
 

 90. 

When tuning, it is best to tighten each lug (tension rod) in a clockwise fashion around the drum.
 

 91. 

A marching snare drum with kevlar heads is a suitable substitute when a field drum is called for in concert music - especially on march style music.
 

 92. 

A marching snare drum with kevlar heads is a suitable substitute when a field drum is called for in concert music - especially on march style music.
 

 93. 

When playing any keyboard percussion instrument, always position the music stand at eye level so that you have a direct line of sight to the conductor.
 

 94. 

A five stroke ruff is played exactly the same as a five stroke roll.
 

 95. 

When selecting a mallet for any keyboard percussion instrument, you want to make sure that the mallet head is not harder than the keys.
 

 96. 

A "Dreadlock" is a great alternative implement for a brush when louder volumes are required.
 



 
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