Category: Solo Music

An Exercise for Drumset: Pass The Bembé Bell

Just an exercise of sorts to share. This exercise involves the african bell pattern known as “the standard pattern” or, via cuba, the bembé bell pattern using a bass drum, hi hat, snare drum with brushes, and a metronome set to 35. Hi hat always plays “2 & 4.”

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.