Arranger’s Toolbox: Vocal Percussion

“Guh, chicka chicka tss”

“Doof, tepuh kss”

“Pfft dubba dubba, kcha”

It’s a fallacy that drums noises are reserved to just drums, just as vocal percussion is limited to the vocal percussionist. If you can speak, you can do VP, and if you’re writing arrangements for people who can speak…well, everyone can be a drum sometime or other! All it takes is a little ingenuity and riskiness to write some drum parts for your whole ensemble, as well as some singers who are willing to have some fun.

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