Permutations for the Advanced Marimbist

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Kevin Bobo

General Info

Published Date ‏ : ‎ October 31, 2007
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Keyboard Percussion Publications
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Number of Pages ‏ : ‎ 125
Level ‏ : ‎ Advanced
ISBN ‏ : ‎ 978-0-9821-1265-6
Cost ‏ : ‎ $26.80


  • 1,800+ Exercises
  • Grid Systems
  • Focuses on Moving the Downbeat
  • Develops Great Dexterity


Permutations For the Advanced Marimbist by Kevin Bobo is designed to give the marimbist a stronger and more fluid facility behind the keyboard through a process known as "downbeat displacement" This system will help the player literally understand a certain technique inside and out. In all there are a total of 129,600 different permutations possible with the through study and application of this method book.


Once you feel like you have a very firm grasp on marimba technique, it may be time for you to bust your brain and your hands all over again with Kevin Bobo's Permutations for the Advanced Marimbist. Taking a cue from dozens of drum set books, Kevin has created a 'grid system' filled with about 1,800 different exercises that are all based on the concept of moving the downbeat. Imagine playing paradiddles as 'ra-diddle-pa's and you'll start to get the idea.
He also includes a handy list of solos where you'll actually find some of these less-than-typical permutations. After going through this book, you'll be hard-pressed to find any music with techniques you haven't used before. WRITTEN BY Michael Dooley

Books for Percussion by this Composer

Permutations for the Advanced Marimbist
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Boboland - Marimba, Percussion Quartet
Echoes - Marimba
French Flies - Marimba
Gordon's Bicycle - Marimba
Insomnia - Percussion Quartet
Night Sketches - Marimba
Quartet for Snare Drums - Percussion Quartet
Rhythmic Jambalaya - Marimba
Snare Drum Duet (Bobo) - Percussion Duo
Two Dances for Snare Drum - Snare Drum
Two Fountains - Marimba