As tutor at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music and coach of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, Nick Woud has a vast experience in working with young percussion students, both in working the percussion section as in running classes on many subjects connected to timpani and orchestral percussion. On several occasions Nick has been invited to give master classes abroad.
Subjects on which master classes can be given are:
General technique of timpani playing .
This will encompass basic movement, natural technique, working with different speed, rolls, balance, personality and physical influence, use of tension, grips, light and heavy playing, colouring and will touch on different international styles of playing.
Tuning and listening .
Now this is a complicated subject which will include much that has to do with intonation, pedalling, colouring again, singing, harmony, choice of drums tuning gauges yes or no, to fine tune a head, changing notes if necessary, etc.
The Timpani .
About the instruments. Their role in the orchestra, in the instrumentation, the basic sound, the relationship with conductors, the different pedal systems and types, the different sizes and what to choose, the kettles and shapes, the organization in the orchestra, relation to the percussion group, what heads to use, calf heads , etc.
The lapping of calf heads.
Everything connected to this.
The role of the Timpanist .
And what is really difficult….
The history and development of the instrument and of playing.
What's the origin of the timpani and how much is it influencing the timpani parts today.
The choice of mallets.
And what types there are in relation to history, instrumentation and conductors wishes.
How to make timpani mallets.
For the first time I will reveal my secrets of making such beautiful mallets.
But mind you, the most important secret is…… to make something beautiful takes a lot of time and effort.
Working audition training and audition programs .
Which is a specific discipline that has not much to do with the actual playing in the orchestra. Next to Timpani, also percussion training is possible.
Work with the repertoire.
To dig deeply in the timpani repertoire with CD and the complete timpani part and touch on everything that pops up.
Work on etudes.
Not only in a technical way but also in perceiving and understanding the music behind the notes.
Choose from the symphonic music and opera, e.g. Beethoven Day, a long working day, looking into some of the most interesting timpani parts.
For enquiries and bookings, please contact me by email.
Lapping heads in Spain.