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Giff Howarth 4 Mallet Lesson Series 06: Changing Intervals in the Double Stop Stroke



Over the past 5-10 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 this lesson series, 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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4-mallet technique as easy as 1-2-3…4

by Gifford Howarth

For band directors, percussion instructors, and percussionists of all ages, Simply Four is a clear-cut method on the fundamentals of four-mallet percussion technique! This style of performance has become standard in modern percussion and never before have you had such a clearly defined resource to answer all your questions. This book is sure to take the fear out of playing with four mallets!

Included in this book:
• Step-by-step breakdown of the Stevens and Burton style grips
• Technique-enhancing exercises
• Progressive and inventive etudes
• Tons of detailed photos
• plus much more!

Yamaha artist Gifford Howarth has received accolades for his methods demonstrated in hundreds of clinics and workshops across the globe. Now you can take these methods with you!




Dr. Gifford Howarth is currently Associate Professor of Percussion at Bloomsburg University located in Bloomsburg, PA. He is also an Instructor of Percussion at Penn State University in State College, PA. His previous teaching duties included teaching at Michigan State University and Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Howarth received his DMA degree from Michigan State University, his Masters from Kent State University, and his Bachelors degree from Ithaca College. He has presented clinics and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. These include teaching in Singapore, Thailand, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Malaysia. Also he has presented at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), several MENC All-State Conferences and PAS Day of Percussion events. The focus for most of the workshops is geared around percussion education.

Dr. Howarth is also heavily involved in different competitive marching activities. He has been on the percussion staffs for such drum corps as The Cadets and The Rochester Patriots; WGI ensembles Northcoast Academy and The Project along with several BOA level high school marching bands throughout the country. He is currently a national adjudicator for DCI, WGI, and BOA along with several state wide marching band and indoor percussion circuits.

Dr. Howarth is a National Yamaha Performing Artist, a Signature Artist for the Vic Firth Company, and a clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company and Evans Drumheads. He has several works published through Tapspace.

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