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Over the past several years, there has been an enormous growth in 4-mallet percussion at the high school level. Today’s high school percussionists are playing literature with techniques that would only be heard at college recitals ten years ago! The techniques have been around for more than 25 years, but the players attempting them are getting younger and younger.

With the rapid increase in popularity, there comes the possibility of students moving too quickly through the learning process, or not having adequate instruction.

In these cyber lessons, Vic Firth signature artist Gifford Howarth will detail each step along the road to developing command and control over 4 mallet keyboard percussion technique.

Throughout these lessons, Mr. Howarth will explain concepts detailed in his book, Simply Four; 4-Mallet Percussion as Easy as 1-2-3 (4). To follow along and utilize specific exercises and etudes, we recommend that you purchase a copy of the book, available through Tap Space Publications. The book breaks down the Stevens and Burton grips step by step from (1) how to hold each mallet in your hand, (2) how to use the different basic strokes, (3) how to combine the strokes through the use of exercises and etudes and (4) how to develop your technique correctly.

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