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Mallet percussion is a group of instruments in the percussion family. Instruments in this group include the glockenspiel and the xylophone.

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How quickly can a percussionist switch from vibraphone to marimba during performance?

I am working on this percussionist part. Is the switching from vibes to marimba possible at this tempo? Can the marimba be put behind the vibes or at right angles to the vibes so the player doesn't ...
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How does pitch bending work on keyboard percussion

There is a less known technique for keyboard percussion that allows some form of pitch bending. For example: These are some way of getting it, but a similar effect is ...
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Identifying the instrument for pitched percussion in this track [closed]

I am transcribing all parts of “The Mighty Star Lion” from Between the Lions, and everything has been straightforward except figuring out what instrument plays the ostinato pitched percussion. To me, ...
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Magic Bells in The Firebird

Is a campanelli the same instruments as a glockenspiel? Although a literal translation of campanelli (It.) is something like "little bells", I thought that campanelli in an instrumentaion ...
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Steel percussion mallets

I'm going to be striking a variety of unconventional bells varying in material from steel to brass, bronze and aluminium. I wonder if there is anything against using precision mallets with stainless ...
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Is stacked (i.e.,left-over-right) mallet placement on keyboard percussion correct technique?

Phil Kraus' Modern Mallet Method (Vol. 1, p.11) states (with illustration) that the correct placement of mallets is "left mallet above the right" (also sometimes called "stacked"). ...
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Correctly interpreting keyboard mallet percussion hand notation

I'm completely new to keyboard mallet percussion and, for now, working without a teacher. I'm going through basic exercises such as those in G. H. Green's Instruction Course for Xylophone. I'm not ...
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Notating a double stop with a semitone interval

I am arranging a piece of music, and I am having trouble figuring out how to notate a double stop with the notes G and G#. The key is G, and it's for mallet percussion. The notes are repeated once. ...
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Understanding the complex world of midi controllers, DAWs and live playing: what software should I use?

So here's the scenario: I play drums and mallets (marimba, vibes, etc.) and currently own a drumkit and a 4.3 octave padouk marimba. However, I'm looking into buying a Pearl MalletSTATION. The ...
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Can drum lessons be applied to mallet percussion instruments?

I recently got a glockenspiel for fun. I'm a beginner when it comes to percussion. I'm wondering if I can see it as a drum, and watch drum lessons or should I only look at lessons that are specific ...
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Mallet percussion instruments (xylophone, marimba) versus keyboard instruments (piano)

Just wondering what are the objective limitations, if any, of a mallet percussion instrument (glockenspiel, marimba, xylophone, etc) compared to a keyboard instrument (piano, synth). I'm just talking ...
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What are physical requirements for hand-bell mallets?

I'd like to purchase a set of mallets for the hand-bell ensemble at my school. I'm no percussionist, so I may be out of touch here, but the mallets from Schulmerich and Malmark seem quite pricey to me....
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how to find something to practice mallets on at home

My son plays several instruments well including piano, and has been dabbling over the last few years with practice pad (for snare technique) and drumset. Now he wants to learn to play mallet ...
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How should I practice mallet percussion?

I'm in a local band and have been recently promoted to a new level. The music is a lot harder, so I'm not sure how I've practiced it before is still effective. Here's how I practiced before: Play it ...
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