Well, I will have to give some sort of short workshop at the WVC (World Vibes Congress) this year. I was going to take notes and keep a diary on my computer and thought I would do it here. So I'll blog here and you guys can give me your two cents.
IN PROGRESS, PUTTING THIS TOGETHER FOR NEXT SATURDAY
On Saturday we will link to all the videos for the second portion of the Day of Percussion on this page. Some players are playing live from 12-2. Others are submitting video which i will link to here.
Questions? Thoughts? What did you think? Let's talk about his book, here.
I have some things to say but I'll wait. How about some of you start. Gary will check in to answer questions and comment (I'm pretty sure).
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.
Thinking about dampening, deadstroking, stride piano, sliding, big band shout choruses, walking bass lines, block chords, and much more! Let me know what you think!
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!
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
Very excited about finding this one. Been using it a lot lately. Has anyone ever heard of it? I assume I haven't invented it, but I haven't ever heard of it, either, so I'd be curious to hear if anyone's heard this before.
This is a great cd. And there are no chords, so learn the tunes and play along. It's an all star group with Erik Harland and Christian Mcbride.