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wow new malletkat and the first day is very discouraging ! can't give up spent 2800.00 on a dream reality is looking at ME
yes I'm a real beginner going to do this do ra me thing and read my manual will continue to update good thing my malletkats set on
vibes! I'd really be lost!


pax Sat, 10/12/2013 - 08:32

I'm new too, started at the August Vibeworkshop at the University of Delaware. I also have a MalletKat and really like it, and It's plugged into both an amplifier and my computer, fairly simple. The mallets though take a while to get used to? Your in the right place f you want to play vibes.

dideebop Sat, 10/12/2013 - 12:12

In reply to by pax

thanks for the feedback wish I could go to school and learn,strange I have access to hard wear not school or what books to buy to get started
also for now I leave my malletkat on vibes the setting it was on when I received it not knowing how to or not feeling secure enough to working the controls I purchased a book to learn how to read music watched a video and it how to play do ra me fa la ... up and down and I've been doing that,
its day two, no good Vibes as of yet. thanks again!

tonymiceli Sat, 10/12/2013 - 15:18

In reply to by dideebop

where do you live? maybe we could find someone to help you. man, if you live near me. philadelphia, come by and i'll help you.

dideebop Sat, 10/12/2013 - 16:43

In reply to by tonymiceli

I live in Manhattan and any and all help will be really a good thing I really want to learn and it seems like its lots to learn
let me know what you need me to do I,m going to see if I can get another basic book so I can have something to practice ,that I can understand
thanks again!

IndianaGlen Sat, 10/12/2013 - 19:22

In reply to by dideebop

First, I am not a MalletKat owner, but I work a lot with technology so I may be able to add some advice. Also just view this as one guy's opinion, in the end you need to do what works best for you.

You have to divide and concur:

1)Learn the Instrument.
There must be some kind of "Master Reset", maybe Tony or someone on here can step you through that. So then you will be able to get everything back to normal if you change a setting and goof something up. You can't be afraid to change things, and you need a way to get back to square one you have to experiement.

2)Find some early success.
If you like Jazz, find a Hal Leonard beginner jazz play along book. Do a search for book "Volume 1A" ( Find a tune recognize and work on that, if you cant find a tune you recognize, find a simple tune you like, All Blues, Satin Doll are good ones. For a first time player the Leonard books are good because they have a melody track as well as tracks without the melody. Aebersold books are great too, however, few, if any have melody tracks, they only have backing tracks.

3)Understand that takes all of us YEARS not days, or weeks, or even months to master the vibe. Tony has been playing a LOT for over 35 years, he plays, he teaches, he patiently answers questions from guys like me that he has answered 1000 times before. (just a guess Tony, sorry if I am off about years). And I know for a fact that he still is working on things and is practicing.

4)Just relax
learning new stuff is hard, but the right attitude hoes a long way. Hey you got a vibe sound out of your malletkat, you posted here. Both things to be proud of.

dideebop Sun, 10/13/2013 - 13:34

In reply to by IndianaGlen

As Roy Ayers says in his song:"without guidance theres no room to grow" and I will hold these steps and follow them ,thank you
so very much! and Roy ayers is my favorite vibraphonist along with Vince montana,!

tonymiceli Sun, 10/13/2013 - 14:26

In reply to by dideebop

well if you come to philly we can hang for an hour or so. i could show you some stuff.

also check out tyler blanton, he lives in new york and he knows how to use it. maybe he'd give you a lesson.

have you seen the malletkat instructional video.

before you and if you take me up on my free offer, just make sure you read a bit of the manual and really try to get it. my time is at a premium, but i also know you paid a lot for the instrument and if i can help you do something then cool.

hmmmm, we could try thirty minutes on skype.

as a matter of fact, my buddy is a guru on the malletkat. in fact he's mario's sub at radio city music hall. and he will soon be in manhattan for 2 weeks.

so you have a lot of options here.