Fundamental Studies for Mallets

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Garwood Whaley

General Info

Year: 20
Edition: c.
Publisher: Meredith
Cost: Book Cost - $17.95   |   Supplemental Books - $0.00


Fundamental Studies for Mallets is a collection of progressive studies for the beginning student from percussion master Garwood Whaley. It is divided into three sections. The first section examines technique, reading and memorization. The second section features works by well known composers arranged for mallet instruments. The final section is a technical study of elementary exercises including basic scales and chords.


Section 1: Preliminary Studies

The purpose of this section is to provide the student with a multi-faceted, self-motivating approach to mallet playing. Through the integration of technical studies, reading and memorization, the student's keyboard facility will quickly develop. The memorization of recognizable or "rote" tunes is quite beneficial since it both motivates the student and develops his "keyboard motor skills". Students should be encouraged to memorize at least one piece per week. Each technical study should also be memorized.
C Major / F Major / G Major / Bb Major / D Major / Eb Major / A Major

Section 2: Reading Studies

The purpose of Section 2 is to provide the student with a progressive series of reading studies. The following music was selected on the basis of its adaptability to mallet instruments and for the aesthetic quality of each work. By perfecting each of the following pieces, the student will develop both reading skills and an appreciation for good music. 1. Impertinence
2. March
3. Le Petit Rien
4. Sonatina - Muzio Clementi
5. Pastorale -Friedrich Burgmüller
6. Minuet - J.S. Bach
7. Andante
8. The Clock
9. Polonaise - J.S. Bach
10. Bourrée - J.S. Bach
11. The New Doll
12. Sonatina -Heinrich Lichner
13. Andante - Muzio Clementi
14. March - Cornelius Gurlitt
15. Carefree
16. Larghetto
17. Prelude #2
18. Little Hunting Song
19. Allegretto


Student Reviews


Additional Study Materials

Works for Percussion by this Author

Fundamental Studies

Fundamental Studies for Mallets
Fundamental Studies for Snare Drum
Fundamental Studies for Timpani

Primary Handbook

Primary Handbook for Snare Drum
Primary Handbook for Timpani
Primary Handbook for Mallets

Musical Studies

Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer
Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist
Musical Studies for the Intermediate Mallet Player

Snare Drum Duets

Beginning Duets for Snare Drum
Intermediate Duets for Snare Drum
Advanced Duets for Snare Drum


4 Mallet Fundamentals
The Art of Percussion Accessory Playing
The Art of Percussion Playing
The Art of Tambourine and Triangle Playing
Rhythm Reading for Drums, Book 1
Rhythm Reading for Drums, Book 2
Basics in Rhythm
Recital Pieces for Mallets
More Basics in Rhythm

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