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Old 07-29-2010, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm playing marimba this fall for marching season and I played vibes last year so the shift is kind of great, but I could take any help if anybody has any advice.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great instrument, one I've always wanted to try my hand at, but I'd be pretty hard pressed to throw any advice your way. Are you going with the 4 mallet technique.

Check out Bobby Hutcherson's album San Francisco to hear one of the greatest jazz marimba players that's ever lived. I got a link if you're interested.
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Great instrument, one I've always wanted to try my hand at, but I'd be pretty hard pressed to throw any advice your way. Are you going with the 4 mallet technique.

Check out Bobby Hutcherson's album San Francisco to hear one of the greatest jazz marimba players that's ever lived. I got a link if you're interested.
That would be great, and ya ill probably be doing 4 mallet inside mallet licks at 150 or so, lol. Four mallet technique is a biggie in our frontline.
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good for you! I've done both marimba and vibes (although not in a LOOONG while lol), and I think I prefer the earthier tones of the marimba myself.

Not sure exactly what kind of advice you're looking for, but if you have a pit leader, they can surely help you with certain techniques and approaches to the music. I know that when I'd practice between the two instruments I had to adjust my touch going from marimba to vibes as opposed to the other way. I think this was because of the 'liver', clearer sound of the vibes.

If you haven't done 4 mallet before be prepared for some sore spots in between your fingers..lol. The first month I started doing it, my 'in-between spots' around my fingers felt kinda funky whenever I'd take a shower or get 'em wet..
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