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Old 03-16-2012, 02:45 PM
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Hi ALL

i know this is a bit off topic but does anyone know of any begginner xylophone books ??

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Old 03-16-2012, 03:21 PM
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Yes! Are you a concert percussionist?

Morris Goldenberg's "Modern School for Xylophone" will take you a very long way if you have a teacher.

If you don't have a teacher Mitchell Peter's "Fundamental Method for Mallets" has some good reading and technique material to help you along with etudes to practice.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:41 PM
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I have no teacher , but im a snare drummer in a brass band looking to branch out , would you recomend starting with xylophone or glockenspiel ?

Nealios

ps: the book you recomended looks good , im just used to reading snare drum and kit scores , so all of this is new to me.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:42 PM
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The two books I teach beginners out of:

1. Fundamental Studies For Mallets (Garwood Whaley)
http://www.google.com/products/catal...wAg#ps-sellers

2. the George Hamilton Green book:
http://www.google.com/products/catal...wAg#ps-sellers

Fundamental Studies takes you through a bunch of short tunes, like a "normal" beginning method book does. The Green book really drills you on scales and exercises, which focus on your technique and understanding of the keyboard. Plus, it's broken down into 50 "lessons", which is nice if you're studying on your own.
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Yes, Fundamental Method for Mallets - Book 1 by Mitchell Peters. For something more basic, try A Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion by Mark Wessels.

For money's sake, start with a bell set ($200 or less) , then maybe think about purchasing a marimba (starts at about $2,400 for a 4.3 octave model).

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Old 03-16-2012, 11:26 PM
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Listening to my 16 year old in the other room playing Log Cabin Blues by GH Green on his xylophone as I'm typing this. He plays it with the Bob Becker runs added into it. The Green book, the Randall Eyles books as well as the books already mentioned here. He used the Whaley book in the beginning also. He
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:34 AM
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If I had to pick just one I'd say Morris Goldenberg's "Modern School for Xylophone". It's a classic, everybody knows that book. It's got basic scales and some useful orchestral excerpts too.
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Is this place great. We have experts on xylophone books coming out of the woodwork . I love it. Awesome
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:55 AM
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http://www.google.co.uk/products/cat...d=0CEgQ8wIwAA#

would tyhe above be any good for a beginner and to be used in a brass band ?
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Hi guys. I am making a project for my sophomore high school year, and I require a Primary Source which I will add in my citations. I am making a wooden xylophone spanning one octave. I tuned it according to the A minor scale. It would be very helpful if someone professional/ or someone who knows about xylophone is willing to answer my questions since I need your opinions on xylophones.

Q) What is the best wood one can use to make a xylophone?

Q) How popular are xylophones nowadays?

Q) Why do you think it is one of the easiest instruments to start with ( if you think so)

They don't have to be very long. Thanks for helping me out!!
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Sounds like a fun project. Xylophone keys are typically made out of rosewood. They need to be a very hard wood. Xylophone was popular as a primary mallet percussion instrument in the early part of the 20th century. In the mid 20th c. and later, it was replaced by the vibraphone (in jazz) and marimba (in conservatory percussion)-- each of which have a mellower, more expressive sound. Xylophone is still a standard band and orchestra instrument, and you occasionally see them in other settings.

Alternatively, you might also look into building a marimba-- lots of people do that, and there must be lots of plans around. You would certainly have more options for using different kinds of wood that might be cheaper and easier to work with than rosewood.
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Another vote for "Modern School"; it's been the de-facto standard for many of us. The Green book will get you ready to play rags and really focuses on accuracy.
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I would... get some CD's of Guatemalan/Mayan marimba players. Great stuff, I have several. Also there is quite a bit of brass+marimba in the pop domain. Herb Alpert's side project the "Tiajuana Marimba Band" were quite popular.

For people that like to keep count Herb Alpert is one of the few billionaire musicians, and has won a Grammy for both voice and instrument.
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