Marching season has started and exercises and show music are coming at you fast. You don't have a marimba, vibraphone or xylophone at home the bell kit you got in 6th grade isn't going to cut it! Get better with the tools you have with these tips and exercises to keep you excelling while you're home, even without a full time instrument.
We go over the basics and mechanics of this popular technique, go through some standard exercises, and then we break down the different applications. These videos will make you rock solid in every application from getting ready to march a world class drum corps, to preparing for college juries.
Lesson 1 - The Story - break down the history behind it, and get into the strengths and weaknesses of the technique.
Lesson 2 - The Kung Fu! - We break down the physics of how to hold it, the movement and flow, otherwise known as the "Kung Fu"
Lesson 3 - Block Chords For Days - Get the wrists flowing with these chordal exercises and start getting around the board in different intervals.
Lesson 4 - Is it an Innie or an Outtie? - Techniques, theories and exercises for strengthening your combination strokes. (2/3 - 1/4 or 1/3 - 2/4)
Lesson 5 - Independence - Learn to master the power in each individual mallet.
Lesson 6 - Higher Level Exercises
Lesson 7 - Etudes
Lesson 8 - Music and Other Applications