Recommended Mallets for forFour

By Josh Gottry, Educator and Composer

In 2007, C. Alan Publication released my collection of seven original solos for developing 4-mallet marimba technique in a book entitled forFour.  Since that time, many individuals, percussion studios, and school percussion programs have used these solos for st...

The Overlaps of Your Musical Career

By Josh Gottry, Educator and Composer

Most of us musicians or music students wear "many different hats" in terms of our musical activities. Often those widely varying facets of our musical studies or career can overlap in a few select areas, and capitalizing on those overlaps can be extremely benef...

Don't Just Learn Your Scales

By Josh Gottry, Educator and Composer


Now before sending me e-mails, posting on my Facebook wall, or commenting below, please let me emphasize the word "just" in the sentence above. Don't JUST learn your scales. Even the most die-hard, old-school piano teacher would agree that learning scales, i...

Wicked 2016
By Rick Dior
Recently I was performing a month long run of the national tour of the popular Broadway show Wicked in Charlotte' North Carolina. Charlotte has a thriving theater scene and I usually perform 4 to 5 Broadway tours a year here as well as performing full time with the Charlotte symphon...
How Do You Sound part 5 of 5

By Paul Buyer

Pieces Come and Go

I was giving a marimba lesson recently to a freshman who had ordered his first pair of Mike Balter Mallets—Model 324R from the Titanium Series.  We were working on 2-mallet technique and applying it to the exercises in Brian Zator’s book, Keyboard Fundamentals.  It...

How Do You Sound part 4 of 5

By Paul Buyer

What to do in Rehearsal

I recently heard a quote stating, “The purpose of rehearsal is to learn everyone else’s part.”  What a wonderful mindset to have!  It is common for percussionists to have a player’s mentality during rehearsal, but not everyone develops a genuine interest, curi...

How Do You Sound part 3 of 5

By Paul Buyer

People Listen with Their Eyes

Professor Cook also had a quote he liked to share: “People listen with their eyes.”  I use this quote myself to play with more expression, touch, sensitivity, choreography, and showmanship, since the audience—like the student above—tends to listen with t...

How Do You Sound part 2 of 5

By Paul Buyer

Watching versus Listening

Many years ago, my professor at the University of Arizona, Gary Cook, told me a story about how people experience live music.  “One of my students came up to me and said, ‘Professor Cook, did you see that concert last night?’  ‘Yes,’ I replied, ‘and I heard ...

How Do You Sound part 1 of 5

By Paul Buyer

The title of this blog is the ultimate question in our craft.  Regardless of what you are working on—technique, scales, exercises, etudes, or repertoire, this question reminds you of what is really important.  It increases your awareness.  It makes you pay attention.  It is what the p...

Can You Have Too Many Mallets?

By Michael Bettine

I recently returned from Australia, where I was the Artist in Residence at the 2016 MONA FOMA festival (MOFO for short). MOFO is an eclectic music and arts fest featuring an amazingly diverse array of artists from around the globe. This year’s theme was, “the solo percussionist a...