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This is from John's CD, Just a Step Away. Everything is great about this and John said I could post it. This is exclusively for members only.

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Marie-Noëlle Fri, 09/26/2008 - 11:35

Tony, just after your last post about John I was just thinking: well now I’d like to hear more about John Mark Piper... but I can’t see anything! Amazing coïncidence... dropped from nowhere! Thanks a lot!
John, this is beautiful! :o)

Marie-Noëlle Fri, 09/26/2008 - 11:42

In reply to by tonymiceli

I could only read it, from other people, from manuals, excercices, advices,... words, true, obvious, but words.
So... it's good to hear it for real now!! :o)

BarryK Sat, 09/27/2008 - 01:53

This is a great tune. When I heard it, my first reaction was, how did John play this? I was thinking of asking for a video version of this. I listened a few more times and then tried playing on the vibes and understood what was going on (at least the first few measures).

I started a transcription. This was mainly an exercise for me to learn a free notation program called LilyPond ( Thanks to Sefan74 for mentioning it on (

I enclosed the .pdf and also the LilyPond source. Note though that LilyPond is not a WYSIWIG note editor. It is text-based, like HTML for Web pages. It's not too bad if you go through the tutorials. The toughest part of the transcription for me was figuring out the rhythm (which is not my strong point, and is probably not correct), not the actual coding of the rhythm.

I'd also like to point out that I made an effort to notate with two voices; stems down for left hand and stems up for right hand. Not sure if I should have done it this way since it describes my sticking choices.


P.S. I needed to change the LilyPond source file extension from .ly to .ly_.txt. Remove the _.txt to compile it under LilyPond.

tonymiceli Sat, 09/27/2008 - 02:47

In reply to by BarryK

first of all lilypond is interesting. you notate totally differently than with other programs. hmmm and second, you've become a transcribing maniac. that's cool! i wonder if piper has this written out.

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BarryK Fri, 02/27/2009 - 21:41

In reply to by tonymiceli

Looks like RoseGarden only runs under Linux. Am I mistaken? I recently ordered Sibelius. LilyPond files were getting had to work with (hard to keep track of chords, repeats, etc.), though it did have a neat feature that if you click on a note in the generated PDF file, it brought you to the code in the LilyPond file.

nico Sat, 02/28/2009 - 04:26

In reply to by tonymiceli

Yes, only runs on Linux. I've noticed the mac also has linux onboard, wouldn't it work straight from the box? Or you probably need to install gnome too to run rosegarden in.
There is lots of opensource available for musical purposes.


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Piper Sat, 09/27/2008 - 09:29

I couldn't see more than a measure or two of the transcription but this piece and all of the original music from that CD (old as they are), and "Amazing Grace" are still available. They are published by Studio 4 Music which is now owned by Leigh Stevens' Company (Malletech, Mostly Marimba). I know they are still available at Steve Weiss Music.

Go here and see it all:

Or you can go to and search "piper".

BarryK Wed, 12/17/2008 - 23:26

In reply to by Piper


I bought the sheet music and still can't figure out what you are doing. It was overdubbed, right? No, wait, you are using 6 mallets, right? lol.

The sheet music (which is not a direct transcription of the performance) has two staves. Is the lower staff for the left hand and upper one for the right hand? If the lower staff is for the left hand, then that intro, as written would be played only by the left hand. I can't imagine how someone would do that. When I transcribed it, I had to play the intro (before the melody comes in) with two hands (4 mallets). I then used mallet 4 for the melody.

Any tips on playing this tune would be appreciated.


Piper Thu, 12/18/2008 - 10:00

In reply to by BarryK

I'll have to take a look at the music. It's been a very long time since I saw it but it is definitely not broken up into left hand right hand. If I remember correctly, the written music was really just an attempt to get things clear but in the process, it may have muddied the waters. Maybe I should make a lesson out of playing this tune on video? There's definitely no overdubbing and though I can fathom holding as many as 12 mallets (two in each hand and four in each of my back pockets), I can only use four mallets or less at a time. Anything more is like a baseball player thinking he can hit hit more balls if he holds more bats. To me, the way mallet instruments are currently set up, there's absolutely no point or advantage to holding more than four mallets (for my type of playing, or... maybe I'm just insecure about baseball?)

BarryK Wed, 02/25/2009 - 09:31

Vibraman, you thought Piper's Song for Florian was overdubbed. Check this one out. Incredible. I have John's CD. Amazing!


vibraman Wed, 02/25/2009 - 14:18

In reply to by BarryK

thank you barry for putting up again. yes like song to florian really unbelievble playing. is the whole cd on solo vibes? where can i get it?

johndaly Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:29

Absolute class, so skillful and executed with perfection, love it, John you have to post some more stuff.


Babu Mon, 10/31/2011 - 04:36

I'm discovering this now. The music meets incredibly well the title (a least for me). What a piece of art !

tonymiceli Tue, 11/01/2011 - 20:29

In reply to by Babu

yeah, pretty cool huh??? i love his solo cd. don't know if it's still out. i wonder if he'd let me post his cd on the site. it's sort of out of print.

John Keene Thu, 11/03/2011 - 08:31

In reply to by tonymiceli

The CD is downloadable on Rhapsody, so it may be available as a download on other download services as well. I listen to it all the time.