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    Marimba Notation

    When writing for a marimba, do you use slurs or phrase marks on their parts?

    Just want to check the collective wisdom about this.
    Thanks,

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Turner
    When writing for a marimba, do you use slurs or phrase marks on their parts?

    Just want to check the collective wisdom about this.
    Thanks,

    Jeff
    Slurs and phrase marks are the same thing... And yes, you write for the marimba just like piano. Most marimbists play with four mallets, two in each hand.
    Jess Hendricks
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    Re: Marimba Notation

    Absolutely. Phrasing indications (slur marks) are very common in marimba notation. As Jess indicated, marimba can be written in a similar style to piano (with less range of course). Depending on the part, it can be written on a grand staff (common for solo literature), or a single treble/bass cleff staff (often seen in ensemble/score settings).
    Jim Casella
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    Re: Marimba Notation

    Thanks for the clarification, guys. So marimba and vibes use phrase marks, but bells and glock don't. Is that right?

    JT

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    Nobody is stopping you from using slurs on any old mallet instrument you desire. If the part suggests legato phrasing, why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Turner
    Thanks for the clarification, guys. So marimba and vibes use phrase marks, but bells and glock don't. Is that right?

    JT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimi
    Nobody is stopping you from using slurs on any old mallet instrument you desire. If the part suggests legato phrasing, why not?
    Indeed. Phrase markings can be used on glockenspiel, xylophone, snare drum, timpani, etc. Just because we're "drummers" doesn't mean we can't occasionally make some music.
    Jim Casella
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    Re: Marimba Notation

    Thanks Jim! Marimba advice much appreciated for some of us mallet-challenged

    for those who don't know Jim, he produces an excellent percussion battery library known as Tapspace. Highly recommended!

    Gary Garritan

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    Tapspace looks like a fine (and exhaustive) collection!! I am sure there will be many of these in GPO Advanced, but wow. Thanks for the link, Gary.

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    And don't forget that vibes can also have pedal markings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thud
    And don't forget that vibes can also have pedal markings.

    Not only can it, but it should because it sounds very funny without!
    Jess Hendricks
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