Category: Etudes

Tonal Patterns and Melodies for Marimba

Tonal Patterns and Melodies for Marimba by Doug Hirlinger

Tonal Patterns and Melodies for Marimba by Doug Hirlinger

I wrote this piece for marimba in 2010 for a contest. It contains of lots poly-rhythmic and odd meter passages. It’s presentation is not complete but is good enough to share with you here and for you to enjoy. Special thanks to former student Brian Maher for taking the time to play through it, look it over, and make suggestions regarding notation, presentation, etc. I haven’t yet implemented all his suggestions but I will.

Be sure to mind the key signature. The piece does require four mallets. Your suggestions regarding sticking and notation as well as your non-commercial recordings will be much appreciated. Enjoy!

Midi sequences are included below but do not include measure 187 – 226 because marimba rolls are not easily produced with midi.

ETUDES: Trombone Etude with Ben Gerstein’s Comments and Performance

Sideways Tenor Clef

This is the first post for the newly added Etudes category. In this category, as in the others, I’ll be sharing bits of my learning process and learning materials for your consumption. I’ll be posting short etudes or excerpts and when possible comments made by musicians in regards and recordings of the presented material.

The tenor trombone will kick things off. As it happens, I’m lucky to know several outstanding trombonists.