Gaines Publications publishing and the Marimba Levels website is initially focused on enriching the method book and literature base of music for the beginning to intermediate four-mallet marimbist.

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Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba - Level 1

Author: Dr. Julia Gaines
Pages: 88
Year: 2011
Publishers: Gaines Publications
ISBN No.: 978-0-9839287-1-3



After some piano and snare drum instruction, this text is the next step needed for learning four-mallet marimba.  It includes twenty, sequential lessons with four or five exercises each that focus on a different technical aspect of four-mallet technique.  No matter what grip you play with, this text will work on your stroke, interval expansion, and stamina.  Also added are eight brand new beginning solos, three commissioned specifically for this book.  All you need to do is pick your mallets and your grip and you'll be playing your first four-mallet solo in no time!

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