How to practice four mallets without a marimba.

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How to practice four mallets without a marimba.

Posted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:02 pm



Well, I've suddenly wanted to become a better percussionists and have taken up wanting to play four mallets. Problem is, I have hardly any access to a marimba. How do I practice four mallets to build my chops up with it without a marimba?
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Re: How to practice four mallets without a marimba.

Posted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:56 pm



practice the rotation techniques on the floor. measure how far an octave is, and practice changing intervals on the floor
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Re: How to practice four mallets without a marimba.

Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:41 pm



hotbeats645 wrote:practice the rotation techniques on the floor. measure how far an octave is, and practice changing intervals on the floor

Agreed. :)
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Re: How to practice four mallets without a marimba.

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:21 am



i play mallets. what you do is get like duck tape( this idea is only like used if yu are away for a long time. Should never like use to like .. learn marimba only. ) then cut pieces like the length of a marimba. get like a cardboard bord and tape them on. so now it looks like a board with a keyboard put it. practice on that if yu need helkp with like sticking out music or just gettin gto the feel of like intervals and rotations.


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Re: How to practice four mallets without a marimba.

Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:31 pm



There's a useful technique used by marimbists. It's called imaging and there's basically four bases. First base is being able to play whatever it is you're trying to play with note accuracy. Second base is playing the solo WITHOUT mallets (using your fingers, pinky and thumb on each hand for four mallets) and being able to accurately sing the pitches). Third base is being able to name every note/key change/key in the piece while playing it as second base with your eyes closed. And fourth base is being able to play the piece sitting down, eyes closed, without a marimba, and playing the solo in the air. This is a common practice among marimba players (popularized by Leigh Stevens) and it's a way good to practice four mallets without a marimba.
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Re: How to practice four mallets without a marimba.

Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:51 pm



i think he's looking more into the basics of actually playing and getting the technique of playing down.


the base system should come way later, in my opinion
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Re: How to practice four mallets without a marimba.

Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:56 pm



hotbeats645 wrote:i think he's looking more into the basics of actually playing and getting the technique of playing down.


the base system should come way later, in my opinion

Oh, my bad.

Well uhh. You can practice on a floor with some mallets and keep them in at like, 5ths (or any comfortable interval) and buy the Method of Marimba by Leigh stevens and play the exercises in there on the floor.
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