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Brandon Graves

Reflections Book + Signature Practice Pad

Reflections Book + Signature Practice Pad

Regular price $125.00 USD
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In-stock pads and books will ship within two business days of purchase. Please allow 4-6 weeks for out of stock pad/book purchases.

Includes a copy of my book Reflections for the Hands, Head and Heart and my Signature Iso Pad by Beetle Percussion. It's like they were meant for each other!

Iso-Pad Details:

Weighs 3.5 lbs.

11.75” diameter grey base

1” tall overall

1/4” recycled car tire top side

3” diameter 1/2” tall soft foam circles inlayed in to the top side

Foam circles help better hear hand isolation of rudiments

Foam circles help strengthen and expose inconsistencies

1/2” soft foam chop building inlayed in to the back side

Carved signature on foam back side

Each pad sold plants a tree

100% hand made in America

A reclaimed, environmentally helpful, green practice pad

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"Honesty is more important than skill. If we are to achieve our own voice, we must embrace our struggles, our mistakes, our humanity and our growth. Practice to become the player you want to be. Perfection is not the goal. Expression is the goal."

- from Reflections for the Hands, Head & Heart

  • The Hands

    Your body is telling you something in each movement.

  • The Head

    Can you hear the subtle fluctuations of your humanity in each stroke?

  • The Heart

    Use mindfulness to bring yourself closer to the experience.

"Brandon Graves has put together a unique and thoughtful look into practice method.  His mixture of stories, encouragement and advice with engaging exercises helps develop a player physically and mentally.  He creates a connection with the reader by letting them know that it is common to feel imposter syndrome, anxiousness and a desire to improve. This connection creates a sense of community and unity with others players that I find refreshing.  The exercises are well thought out and endlessly useful in several permutations and in various musical settings.  The craft, care and thought put into this book is evident, not only in its content, but in the layout and construction of the book itself."

- Dr. Von Hansen, Assistant Professor of Percussion Washburn University

A Labor of Love

This book is an outpouring of my love for teaching and telling tales. It took over a year to produce but the story began long ago.

"Brandon Graves has been a long-time leader in the Kansas City Area as one of the leading authorities on marching percussion education.  His teaching is a large reason that our program has consistently been one of the top percussion programs in the region.  His new book will be fixture in our percussion education curriculum at Olathe East.  It is a wonderful tool to not just learn rudimental sticking patterns but to be mindful on how to be an excellent musician while playing percussion."

- Jeff Smikahl, Director of Bands, Olathe East High School