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 Post subject: Recommend any good mallet solos?
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:29 pm 
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I need a couple challenging solos for marimba/vibes/xylo. One has to be a technical piece with two mallets, the other with four mallets. Our school band's library doesn't have much for mallets, and nothing on four mallets. Any recommendations?

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 Post subject: Re: Recommend any good mallet solos?
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 4:53 pm 
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sami_says wrote:
I need a couple challenging solos for marimba/vibes/xylo. One has to be a technical piece with two mallets, the other with four mallets. Our school band's library doesn't have much for mallets, and nothing on four mallets. Any recommendations?

Thank you!


Check out Nancy's list. Steve Weiss Music is a good place for sheet music.

http://www.nancyzeltsman.com/rs.cfm


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I think Drop6 has some good stuff and you can listen to mp3's

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For Four-Mallets, I recommend Mitchell Peter's "Yellow After the Rain" or "Sea Refractions"

Though slightly overplayed, they are very entertaining, and fun to play.

If you want a challenge for Four-Mallets, I strongly recommend...

Keiko Abe's "Wind in the Bamboo Grove" (VERY difficult, but extremely impressive if you get it) you should check it out on youtube.
Actually, just about every piece by Keiko Abe is extremely challenging, but some can be sleep-inducing, which is why I recommend this energetic piece.

"Two Mexican Dances" by Gordon Stout is very fun to play, and is a real crowd-pleaser. It is mildly difficult , and both dances are lengthy, I would recommend learning one dance only. The 2nd over the 1st.

For two mallets, I don't know many pieces, but "Flight of the Bumblebee" is a great piece to show off your great keyboard technique, and dexterity.

Sorry for the novel, but I hope I have provided some assistance for you.
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