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Heaviest Mallets for Chop Building

Looking for title, any and all suggestions.

Me yapping: I currently have the Nancy Zeltsman graduated mallets, they are some light mallets and I'm looking to really hone in on my 4 mallet technique. The reason I think these mallets are light is because I come from a DCI front ensemble background where a lot of the mallets used there are generally heavy.

I saw the DeMorrow mallets having brass cores and was wondering if anyone has had experience with these? Or have experience picking up a pair of mallets only to have your first impression be: "Damn, this is kinda heavy"

I'm not looking to really play on a marimba with these but more for solid foundation/technique building. Really hoping for mallet recommendations that are still being manufactured. Thanks for reading! I love percussion!

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2024/02/26
13:32 UTC

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Will I be able to be successful?

Sooo I'm a percussionist and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT and I definitely want to continue playing in ensembles when I get to college. The only problem isssss that I only play snare and aux concert band. No timp, mallets, just drums. Do you think I will be able to be in college percussion if I only play snare?

I've played drumset for seven years, marching/indoor perc snare for four, and concert snare/aux for four. I am AWFUL at reading mallet music, probably because I never have tried or wanted to. I would say I am pretty darn good at reading snare and drumset music by now, but I don't know if that will be enough.

TLDR lol: can I do college percussion if I only play snare in concert band?

11 Comments
2024/02/26
10:05 UTC

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Numbness from 4 mallet grip

Anyone know why this happens? I’ve had my ring finger go numb on the left hand from the mallet rubbing up against the side.

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2024/02/26
03:05 UTC

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A guy I know calls it “snares”

I work with a guy that said “yeah I used to play ‘snares’ in high school”. I’m having trouble trying to explain to him why it’s “snare” and not “snares”.

Or am I the one that’s off here?

18 Comments
2024/02/25
14:16 UTC

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Any tips on just generally becoming a better percussionist?

I’m a high school percussionist and I like to think that i’m pretty good. However, I feel like my improvement has plateaued and I want to continue improving. I mostly want to focus on classical percussion until the next marching season. Any tips?

31 Comments
2024/02/24
02:54 UTC

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How would you play this rhythm?

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2024/02/22
16:38 UTC

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Met a fellow tenor player playing SQUAD yesterday

Nowhere to rant about it but had a cool moment where me and a younger guy were buddied up in a virtual warzone having a great time chatting shit. The topic of tinnitus came up and we both claimed to have it from unprotected drumming. Then we realized we were both tenor players. I quit playing after high school but this guy is going into college for music theory. Was just a wonderful exchange between two completely random individuals. Shout out Hellwalker stay in school and don’t do drugs.

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2024/02/22
14:52 UTC

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Internal dampeners on timpani?

This question came up today during math class, would having a extra foot pedal on a timpano that would power a internal dampener be beneficial. Watching high level timpanists, it seems like they are dampening the timpani after almost every hit, but in some cases trying to dampen them seems impossible with only there hands. If they had a foot pedal that was connected to a dampener would that open easability and more possibilities.

7 Comments
2024/02/22
06:48 UTC

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Bongo sound

I don’t know why, but for my bongos it’s like the sound switched. The smaller drum sounds lower than the larger drum and I have no idea if I can tune it or not cause it is school property.

8 Comments
2024/02/21
22:26 UTC

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Suspended Cymbal

What type of cymbal is used for suspended cymbal in concert band that gets the best sound

6 Comments
2024/02/21
21:33 UTC

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How do I get better?

I’m a high schooler in marching band percussion looking to audition for an upper battery instrument (tenors or snare) for next year. Typically, battery auditions are in the middle of May, so I have a little less than three months to prepare. I plan on practicing everyday, or close to everyday, to have the best chance at making it.

For the past two years, I’ve been in front ensemble, but I’ve put time into learning how to play snare (both concert and marching; both use matched grip). I’m not all that great by any means, and I definitely still struggle with technique. My left hand is weak, my diddles are sloppy, etc.

What can I do to improve? Are there any exercises you would recommend I do? Anything is appreciated, and I have a practice pad and a drum set if that matters.

12 Comments
2024/02/21
21:08 UTC

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Looking for the guy

Somewhere on any one of a number of social media platforms I’ve come across a guy who does really creative percussion effect work. Bowing cymbals and triangles, lots of water gong type stuff. Many/most of the videos have a real groove to them. The videos are just him and his instruments. Anyone know who I’m talking about? Hoping to find and follow him

6 Comments
2024/02/21
14:58 UTC

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FirstJam HangDrum

So my lil bro sent me this in the mail today. This is my first jam. Figuring out a long the way

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2024/02/21
06:47 UTC

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Anyone with a marimba one marimba to sell?

Hello! I’ve been searching around to no avail so I wanted to see if anyone on here is selling or knows someone would would be willing to sell a 4.3 rosewood motif marimba? Or about any marimba from marimba one? Thanks a lot!

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2024/02/21
00:31 UTC

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J.S Bach - Violin Partita No.1 "Bourrée"

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2024/02/20
19:14 UTC

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Starting a fiverr gig, any feedback?

Im starting a fiverr project, so I can hopefully make some money with practicing arranging and composing music for percussion ensemble. I have some experience in playing (mallet) percussion, but arranging and making money from music is a little new for me. I have done it before, but it isn't always perfect. Still I wanted to try this, but I need some feedback about the gig. Don't feel forced to buy something, this is not a promotion/ad, I just want feedback about anything and everything (so overall look, prices, language etc.). Please just honest, real opinions. Thanks in advance!

My username is Percussion C

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2024/02/20
07:42 UTC

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Looking for a somewhat challenging and interesting timpani solo (preferably like 2-4 minutes)

I have to do a final grade 12 solo this year, I was hoping to do the excerpt from Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony No 50, III Volcano cause there’s a really good timpani solo throughout the middle, but it doesn’t count as a solo on its own.

If anyone knows any good ones please let me know!

6 Comments
2024/02/20
03:09 UTC

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How possible is it to come a decent cymbal player in 3 months?

My friend wants me to try out for a good college band next semester. He says my best chance for getting in is by trying out for cymbals because most people don’t try out for the cymbal line, and if I can play cleanly and memorize music, I have a good chance. However, auditions are in about 3 months so I’ve got to go from being a beginner music-reader with basic quad drum skills to being able to read, memorize, and play cymbal music which will only be quarter and eighth notes. Suggestions on how to start will also be helpful as I have little to no plan on how to progress. Thanks.

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2024/02/20
00:55 UTC

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Here's a percussion arrangement I made of an electronic song

I have 1-2 years of percussion experience at best and mainly play piano, but I thought it would be really cool to make a percussion arrangement of "credits song for my death" by vivivivivi. I haven't added dynamics or articulation yet but I think I have everything pretty much transcribed (although I added something in the middle). This is supposed to be a school project to be played by a high school percussion section, so I'm not sure how playable it is. Feedback would be appreciated!

https://musescore.com/user/57548742/scores/14478772?share=copy_link

8 Comments
2024/02/20
00:51 UTC

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Are brass bell mallets even worth it?

I’ve got three pairs of glock mallets: IP0S5 Acrylics, Dragonfly Magic Flute Light, and Dragonfly Magic Flute Heavy. I’ve considered purchasing a pair of brass mallets, but to be honest I’m not a huge fan of the sound, and most of the conductors I’ve worked would agree. What do ya’ll think?

13 Comments
2024/02/19
02:15 UTC

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Is it ethical to have a timpani part with 5 timpani in concert band?

I'm arranging an orchestral piece that originally had 2 timpani parts but I'm making it work with 1 that requires 5 timpani with a little extra tuning mid-piece. I've seen marching bands and drum corps have 5 timpani, but I don't think I've ever seen 5 timpani in concert band or even orchestra. Am I even allowed to do that?

43 Comments
2024/02/18
22:30 UTC

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Is this conga drumhead expired?

14 Comments
2024/02/18
17:32 UTC

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An old jingle for elk meat

Text ”Come and eat elk meat, it’s so good!”

0 Comments
2024/02/18
14:11 UTC

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college/uni applications

hi! just sort of a general question, what’s like a recommended number of colleges/unis i should apply to when i want to apply a bachelors of music in performance? i want to apply for a more orchestral music style (so snare, timpani, and a 2/4 mallet solo is what ive usually seen is required for most auditions)

of course, i have to prepare pieces for the above and to me, im thinking that if i apply to more than one uni, would i be preparing different songs for all? i had two seniors apply for berklee and they both got in but that was the only uni they applied for. i do get that like, if i only apply for one uni then i only need to focus on the pieces im preparing for that one uni. but im also really scared, like i need a safe school to feel like i can apply for the one i like. me personally, i really want to go to mannes or berklee so i would like to apply for both, but then also a third school thats less selective to act as my safe school, however, thinking about all the auditions kind of make me tired already. im an international student in vietnam so i would have to do an online audition (both of my friends did theirs around 11pm) and having to do a lot of night auditions make me worried, like having to perform the best i can so late at night and then relive that two other times…

am i making this out to be worse than it is in my head 😭😭i dont know if im overreacting and three auditions just isnt that bad.. please help meTT

3 Comments
2024/02/18
11:56 UTC

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Marimba and Vibraphone Mallets to be purchased:

Hi there, I’m trying to fill up my mallets collection and sound spectrum to start out, I play Steven’s and Traditional in general, on different brands of marimbas, prefer rattan and heavier mallets. Here are my picks, feel free to add in or discuss my selections! (I know mallets choices are rather personal and one will never get enough mallets!)

I have been using Malletech DS11 for marimba and vibes.

Schlagkraft Nebojsa Zivkovic (2/3/4/5/6/MT)

IP David Friedman DF30

Malletech DS18

Balter Blues

Other to be considered: Resta Jay Jean Geoffrey Green (Soft) and Red (Hard), IP Pius Cheung, Adams Robert Van Sice (Rattan)

Everything from Bach, Stout, Abe, Oetomo, Peters,to the modern repertoires and jazz, basically everything.

Looking for a more rounded tone marimba mallets as well, as opposed to the clear pointy sounding of the Zivkovic Mallets

Thanks!

6 Comments
2024/02/18
10:21 UTC

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