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Using Deadstroking and Staccato Dampening in your Lines

Hello all,

The vibraphone is one of the only instruments we play where you have to work extra hard to control the ending of a note. It requires two separate strokes to play and end any given note with dampening, whereas on, say, the saxophone, you can end a note by simply stopping your air. Thus, it's important to figure out how all this relates to playing the instrument in any context, including in lines, so that you're able to play what you're hearing.

"Dampening Speed" Lesson

Hey everyone,

Here's another lesson on dampening. This is a subtle topic that relates to how you actually physically press the mallet into the bar when you dampen. You can use varying dampening speed to create clean-sounding dampening, legato-sounding dampening, and everything in between!

Let me know if there are any questions!

-Oliver

December Lesson w/ Tony

Took a little longer getting this all together than anticipated due to holidays and work, but felt I was at a point I could post this stuff and keep on going.  

The goal of this round was to put a solo take of Blue Bossa together.  Things I worked on with Tony to get here are:

Rootless minor chords - 3,7,9,11 in all keys https://youtu.be/w-GSikYfuGk

Rootless Maj 2-5-1 progression on vibes min9, Dominant13(b9), Maj9 https://youtu.be/BrFjBZM7CQk