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Oh man...
This is it! I got the Friedman book some 10 days ago. What a great moment to open it!!

Then I had a first look and thought: jeez... this is gonna be hard work! I can hardly read a score, I'm hardly starting to play. I have no idea about the dampening technique and I'm alone in my practice room!...

But I went through the site and found what the others had done before me: Tjaco and Barry. And I finally found Tony's lesson on the first etude: what a relief! The whole piece in video by another master, the sticking, encouragements, motivation! All this in a few mn...


So I got back to my vibes... and did what I could. I only worked on the nuances very recently and found it very hard to get a suitable result: so many things to think at a time.

But what a great adventure! I'm surprising myself in loving the hard work it needed. And I'm sure it's just not only me. It's David who wrote, Tony who explained, Tarik who suggested me, Barry and Tjaco who did before me...

I could do better if I'd work more and longer, but there is so much going on here, and I felt like posting this.

- M

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David Friedman Mon, 11/08/2010 - 03:51

In reply to by tonymiceli

Lovely, Marie. You consistently amaze me. You sing and NOW you play vibes. I'll give you some dampening tips in Holland. Keep it up!!!!

Marie-Noëlle Mon, 11/08/2010 - 08:17

In reply to by David Friedman

Dear David,

You were one very good reason for me to start this book and work on this first Etude.

Of course I did it to improve my "embryo" of technique, encouraged by Tarik and Tony. But to have you behind my back (when you didn't know it!) was a great motivation for me.

I found myself very surprised by its effects on my work, even with the little time I had for it. In 40 years I never could work seriously on an instrument. After opening the book, I never found the exercice easy. Yes it was tough on many points:

- reading even such a basic score is a true work for me,
- I had no lesson on the dampening technique in itself and no one to correct or guide me,
- the melody is so weird that it takes time to "recognize" it (not to say memorize)! (ha!)
- some notes are so far from eachother that you need to have eyes everywhere!
- the nuances are required in long periods, so to adjust your strenght is difficult.

But despite all this, there was not a moment I was not happy to work (even hard) on it. This is something very new to me.

I know I'll be very anxious and impressed to try anything in Sassenheim in front of you, especially when I will have had no chance to play for 8 days before on my holiday, but I look forward to your advice!!

Thank you so much for your support!!

- M

vibraman Mon, 11/08/2010 - 03:21

yeah, cool marie.this was the first etude i learned on the vibes, cause my teacher gave me.the cool thing is that david made it so easy to learn dampening with just a few bars. well done! both :)

Marie-Noëlle Mon, 11/08/2010 - 07:58

Thanks a lot guys for your support!! What would I be without you! :o)

Marie-Noëlle Tue, 11/09/2010 - 07:39

In reply to by DanaSud

Thanks a bunch! I still feel awkward with the technique but it's great fun too!

delisler Tue, 11/09/2010 - 01:43

That was beautiful, Marie. Very nice phrasing. It made me feel peaceful. Thank you for posting!

Marie-Noëlle Tue, 11/09/2010 - 07:44

In reply to by delisler

Oh thanks a lot Bob... so you feel peaceful? That's sweet... Man from my side, I felt that uncommon melody was perfect when I worked on it during Halloween! ;-) Ha! But it's still very "unstable" and totally new to me. So I'll get back to the book when I find some time again...
Thanks for listening.
- M

Joe Veltri Tue, 11/09/2010 - 09:37

This is cool! I like how you're so decisive about dampening each note.

Marie-Noëlle Tue, 11/09/2010 - 09:44

In reply to by Joe Veltri

Me? Decisive? I'm totally groping and wondering how the hell can I make those "silly" bars stop vibrate and avoid to make my mallet heads follow them in buzzing stupid noises!! Haha!
Ok... I'm only experimenting... I hardly started.
Thanks for your support Joe! It feels great to you have guys around! :o)
- M

Marie-Noëlle Wed, 11/10/2010 - 02:09

In reply to by Patrice

Merci Patrice. Vous me portez tous un peu tu sais. Lis "autour de moi". Ca n'a pas de prix une chance pareil... :o)

Babu Wed, 10/19/2011 - 08:00

I'm discovering this post now. VERY nice ! Did you work on others etudes, did I miss them ?
Friedman's work helps A LOT. After 3 or 4 Etudes, it starts to pay back, all get easier on vibe.

Marie-Noëlle Wed, 10/19/2011 - 08:14

In reply to by Babu

Thanks! That was a hard but exciting first work on dampening!

I wish I had worked on other etudes... In fact I started N°2 and for some reason couldn't get to a suitable result so left it aside... I hope I can find some time and energy to retry it again. And I must say that your work is pushing me a bit... reminding me of the "Blue Book" in my music pile! ;-)

So no, you didn't miss anything: since yesterday, all Friedman etudes recorded by members are now categorized per number and by performer's name. Getting through them, I can see once more that one exercice can be worked out in different levels, speeds, etc. Some versions like Joe Veltri's are truly amazing! Enjoy! :-)

Babu Wed, 10/19/2011 - 08:45

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

My way of doing it if it can help... : I play the etude everyday, sometimes 10 mn only when I'm in a hurry. I study one or 2 bars each day, then it takes me 7 or 10 days to do all. I play the etude 2 times, or more when I have more time. After 1 week, I start to remember the whole thing, one more week to feel comfortable and maybe some others days to get the nuances right, and that's it. Total : between 3 and 5 weeks with litlle but regular work. Nothing terrible...
And thanks to have organized all that on the site ! :o)

Marie-Noëlle Wed, 10/19/2011 - 08:52

In reply to by Babu

Wow 3 to 5 weeks per etude... Well that means time... and patience... and perseverance... It definitely looks like a good methode! I'll think about it. Thanks! :o)

Babu Wed, 10/19/2011 - 09:05

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

The secret is : after a good night your gestual and brain memory works fine. It always impressed me to feel I'm getting easy with a new thing just by letting time do his work. The only thing is not to let pass a day without playing. 5 mn can be enough as time, but 5 mn EVERYDAY. The results are guaranted, no kidding.