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An Ann Arbor, Michigan, native and current student at Philadelphia’s Temple University, Oliver Mayman is a vibraphonist, pianist, educator, and composer. Beginning as a child on drums and piano, the vibraphone was an inevitable discovery as a teenager -- the instrument essentially fusing the mechanics of drumming with the harmonic capabilities of the piano. By bringing his array of pianist influences such as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Bill Charlap, and McCoy Tyner and applying their concepts to the vibraphone, he truly treats the instrument as a piano, comfortable in every setting from solo to big band. He has performed across Michigan and Pennsylvania, from clubs like Cliff Bell’s, the Blue Llama, and Chris’ Jazz Cafe to events attracting hundreds of thousands like the Detroit Jazz Festival. He also has extensive teaching experience, teaching privately for vibraphone, piano, and music theory, in addition to being on faculty at 

In 2021, He won the Italy Percussive Arts Society jazz vibraphone competition, the largest vibraphone competition in the world. He has also received a Downbeat Magazine student award for outstanding combo (2019) and outstanding soloist (2020); been awarded second place in the junior open division at the prestigious 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition; and been invited to perform at the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival as part of an all-star youth group composed of high schoolers from across Michigan.

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Dampening History Blog entry 06/20/2022 - 16:40
"Bolivia" - My Trio Feat. a Wonderful Singer Video Embed 03/04/2022 - 00:12
Playing Ballads with a Stride Feel Using Dampening - Lesson Video Upload 02/12/2022 - 10:52
Contrapuntal Dampening Lesson Video Upload 02/10/2022 - 11:54
Good Chords to End a Ballad With Video Upload 02/10/2022 - 11:52
Triple Lateral Strokes - Interesting Technical Challenge Video Upload 01/22/2022 - 18:41
"They Say It's Wonderful" - Solo Vibes Video Embed 01/21/2022 - 13:22
Using Deadstroking and Staccato Dampening in your Lines Video Upload 01/19/2022 - 12:43
"If I Should Lose You" - Solo Vibes Arrangement Video Embed 01/15/2022 - 16:00
"Dampening Speed" Lesson Video Upload 01/15/2022 - 15:55
"Half-Dampening" Lesson Video Upload 01/15/2022 - 14:20
Skylark - Vibes Trio Video Embed 12/27/2021 - 22:44
Who played vibes on Ella Fitzgerald's "Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas?" Blog entry 12/27/2021 - 21:19
All By Myself - Vibes Trio Video Embed 12/14/2021 - 13:35
3 Interesting Chord Voicings that Shouldn't Work but do! Video Upload 12/13/2021 - 00:02
The 2 Methods of Moving Chords Around (AKA "planing") Video Upload 12/12/2021 - 23:58
The 3 Types of Spread Voicings Lesson: Drop 2, Drop 3, and Drop 2+3 Video Upload 12/03/2021 - 14:25
Basic Voicing Construction Lesson Video Upload 12/03/2021 - 13:48
Chord Scales for Minor and Half-Diminished Chords - Dorian, Harmonic Minor, Locrian, etc. Video Upload 11/25/2021 - 12:29
Chord Scales for Major Chords - Ionian, Lydian, Harmonic Major, Double Harmonic Major Video Upload 11/25/2021 - 12:01
The Three Types of Dominant Chords, Part 2: Why does lydian dominant exist? Video Upload 11/17/2021 - 00:15
The Three Types of Dominant Chords (Don't Play Mixolydian over Everything!) Part 1 Video Upload 11/15/2021 - 12:10
Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise - Solo Vibraphone Video Embed 11/08/2021 - 11:59
Partial Deadstroking Lesson Video Upload 11/08/2021 - 11:03
Staccato Dampening and Deadstroking Lesson Video Upload 11/08/2021 - 10:52