Carnival Crystals by Jeffrey Parthun is a Grade 1-2 mallet solo for preferable Orchestra Bells! Or it can also be played effectively on other mallet instruments (marimba, xylophone, vibraphone). Basic concepts of mallet playing are well explained in the accompanying "mini lesson".
This 3 mallet solo is designed to introduce beginning or intermediate mallet players to multiple mallet playing. The modal flavour and variety of styles, especially the 'tribal' rhythmic feeling in the final section will capture any player's imagination.
Inspired by one of the best surprises that a student can receive - This solo was written during a snow day! Recommended to be played on bells, this solo which can also be played on marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone adds a few dynamics and double stops to a musically playful melody.
This is an excellent teaching piece for developing the skills required for good timpani performance. Featured in this solo are damping with either or both hands, double sticking between drums, dynamic control and leading logically with the left and right hands.
This solo is designed to give the player practice in the skills need to develop an excellent snare drum roll. The piece stresses the importance of developing a good buzz roll and the need to ply with a steady rhythm. All the rolls in this solo use 8th note pulses. Flams and interesting dynamic changes also spice up the piece.
This solo presents the 'Big Three' rudiment types: rolls, flams and paradiddles. This Solo uses rolls of various lengths, flams, flam accents, flam taps, single and double paradiddles that occur in different places in the measure, also between head and rim notes.
A beginning level solo that is designed to make the connection between the way a roll is notated and the underlying rhythm of the roll (skeletal pulse) The solo works equally well using buzz rolls or open (rudimental) rolls. Rim notes and stick clicks add a bit of flair to this very educational piece.
One of the fun things about being a percussionist is being about to play a number of instruments at the same time. The musical equation 4p+3i=1p is the formula for having a nenormous amount of fun playing a multiple percussion setup such as this solo for 2 tom-toms and snare-drum.
Scored for five percussionists, the instrumentation is perfect for a middle school program, as only a single marimba is needed for three of the players (the other two perform on xylophone and bells. It is a pleasant arrangement that offers a solid starting point for beginning mallet players seeking ensemble repertoire.