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Steve Weiss Mallet Workshop

 

Clavamba — Clavé meets Samba using African drums and the Burton grip (Jerry Leake)

Using Ewe drums, the Yambu clave is played on the bell and low drum. On high drums, Son and Rumba clavé weave around the Yambu. An original clavé phrase (rotating the son to a different position) joins the series. The 4/4 sequence transitions to 6/8 for a profound shift in feel that is prominent in Afro-Cuban music. It ends with an original Samba that morphs into different time signatures and energy. 

24/8 — African drums played with Burton grip

This is a one-man-band hybrid of Ewe (Ghanaian) percussion and repertoire using 4 sticks, voice, and ankle bells. The concept of 24/8 expands the grid of the bell cycle to achieve high levels of independence and composition.

I've been using the Burton grip to play balafon (see previous lesson posts) and recently developed a way to apply the grip to an array of African drums. When it comes to rhythm and independence, anything is possible.

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....

Dreams: a new way of doing business (is working)

Many of us are frustrated with the music business. I turned that frustration into part of a dream and now (thanks to many people), I'm realizing that part of the dream.

Listening to music has been free for a long time but good people don't mind paying a fair price for it if given the opportunity. Good people want to help others. I'm giving them an opportunity in a small way to help music.

Dreams

Here's a little blog I wrote https://www.pipervibe.com/post/dreams (and continue editing) called "Dreams". It's an attempt to explain what I'm trying to do with my "Good Vibes" thing. Trying to change or add ways of doing business in these changing times. I believe our challenging times are an opportunity for change for the better.

Good Vibes for Jen Martinez-Bre

Here is a GREAT opportunity to feel the good vibes by helping vibes player Jen Martinez-Bre.

When I learned of Jen's unique challenges as a vibes player, I knew I had to do something.

I’m modifying an M55 that I purchased to meet Jen's special challenges and raising money to help pay for it. I have approximately 4000.00 invested at this time and I'm recruiting others to help.

Why is the vibraphone so dang cool?

Why is the vibraphone so dang cool?

It's right there. From striking of the bar to innervating the ear drum of the listener – it is organically right there with nothing between the artist and the listener.

Many people have often said that the vibraphone is limited by what it can do but I think the simple requirements to control the vibrating aluminum bar IS what makes it so pure and beautiful to the listener. It is that simple perfection that makes it so beautiful. Heck, you could say the same about The Beatles.