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In Lands I Never Saw: Double Image, David Friedman & David Samuels

The classic marimba and vibraphone duet. These two instruments are one of my favorite color contrast and sound. Especially when it’s just two players. The marimba has a steady deep side that can quickly change to a higher tone at any moment. The same goes for the vibraphone but I feel that the vibraphones tone can cut through more. So, by having the deep and higher play together sounds just amazing in my opinion.

Wanderlust: Mike Mainieri

This album, Wanderlust by Mike Mainieri, has it all. Jazz funk, R&B type beat, laid-back styles, and some ballad like songs. Each song is something unique about it. Each song showcases a different instrument or style. I love when the songs in albums don’t sound all the same. Each song has something new to share and it gives a different kind of excitement to each one.

We Can Learn From The Balafon

I am amazed by Balifon players. I'm amazed how people play solo on different instruments. Here's a guy playing 2 mallets and singing and play melody and harmony. 

 

I think in many ways simplicity is the way to achieve this. Also remembering that each not helps provide time and the groove. 

 

What do you think? 

Everything I love

Just got a new Malletech marimba I'm totally in love with the sound. It's Padauk, not rosewood, so it has its own sound, which appeals to me after playing rosewood marimbas for so many years. The bar spacing is a little different so that's why I decided to practice a solo tune which I previously recorded on vibes. It's certainly a challenge on the new marimba!

NEW from PIPERvibe - Springless Bar String for Vibraphone and Marimba

Wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of those archaic springs used to hold tension on the vibe and marimba bar string? PIPERvibe now offers a new device that is simple to install (less than 5 seconds) and requires no tools. Once installed, all you have to do is pull the string to it and it will hold your bar string’s tension without springs. Over time, the string stretches but all you have to do is simply pull tension again and it holds it with fresh new tension....