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Original Dampening Etude

This is a piece that I wrote for an assignment in Tony Micelli’s private vibraphone lessons on

I called it “He Laid upon the Ground” because I came up with the melody while I was laying in the floor of a practice room at USM.

You’ll have to forgive the hesitation close to the end, but otherwise, enjoy!

Crazy Mallets

Many years ago I heard a recording of Joel M. Ross on Youtube where he had taped his mallets. I found the subtle noise when playing very interesting, but the mallets were always too expensive for me to ruin the winding with tape. 
With my mallet winding machine, I was able to take up the idea from back then again and made my first test mallet with a "striking sound".
The video contains a first quick & dirty test and describes how I made the mallet.